Bangladesh Premier League 2012 January 20, 2012

Doubts over Afridi's participation in BPL

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The day after its historic auction, the Bangladesh Premier League has seen a cloud of doubt over the participation of Shahid Afridi, the most expensive player, in the 2012 season. Afridi was bought for $700,000 by the Dhaka Gladiators but has told the Express Tribune he will not participate in the Twenty20 competition as it clashes with Pakistan's limited-over series against England.

The Dhaka franchise, though, has said Afridi will definitely be available for the tournament's semi-finals and final, should Dhaka get that far, and may even play the season opener if it is before February 13, the date of the first Pakistan-England ODI.

Franchise officials told ESPNcricinfo they were aware of Afridi's schedule before the auction and knew he might only be available for the final. Since Afridi will be paid on a pro-rata basis they decided to buy him anyway.

Afridi said he wanted to concentrate on playing for Pakistan and would use the days before the ODIs against England in the UAE to prepare for that series. "My preference has always been my national team and I'm looking forward to giving my best against England," Afridi said. "I will utilise the days before the series for training. I can only think about playing in the league when I don't have national commitments." He has not, however, informed his franchise or the BPL of his unavailability.

Afridi apart, though, there was much to celebrate about the auction, especially for the Bangladesh cricketers who earned lucrative contracts.

Allrounder Nasir Hossain was the highest earner among Bangladesh players, getting a $200,000 deal with the Khulna Royal Bengals, while the Chittagong Kings picked up Mahmudullah and Jahurul Islam for $110,000 each. Though these amounts were significantly less than those paid for big-name foreign players, six-figure dollar contracts were a first for most of the Bangladesh cricketers.

Nasir, 20, drew the most attention from local media but the signing of Mashrafe Mortaza was also noteworthy. Mortaza, the former Bangladesh captain, had famously been bought for $650,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the second IPL season, but has not played cricket since April 2011 due to a persistent knee injury. He drew a modest price at the BPL auction, going to the Dhaka Gladiators for $45,000.

"I was expecting a price like this since I haven't been playing for quite a while," Mortaza told the Bangladesh newspaper Kaler Kantho. "Still, I got myself a team. It isn't that bad."

Even without Afridi, the Dhaka franchise seems to be one of the more balanced sides in the competition along with Chittagong, while many praised the Khulna picks too. "I think Chittagong are the strongest and Dhaka are equally strong," Athar Ali Khan, advisor to Duronto Rajshahi, told New Age.

Meanwhile, the BPL commissioner Mahbubul Anam told Kaler Kantho the Bangladesh Cricket Board would take responsibility for compensating the players should they not receive payments in time from their franchises. "The board has the bank guarantee on the players' payments," Anam said. "If anything goes wrong, the BCB will pay the money from that fund."

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  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | January 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Update : Afridi has confirmed to his BPL team DHAKA GLADIATORS that he will arrive in Dhaka on 28TH Feb and will appear in the field on 29Th feb.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Hamid Hassan Will Rock in this tournament, i hope that he get fit fir the BPL matches and play well. lets pray for his good health........

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    i think BPL better than national said....afridi always perfoming national team. much better you decision. dont wast your national cricket. becoz millionion people like your cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    I love afridi for being Afridi

  • POSTED BY reyme on | January 22, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Dhaka Glagiators already confirmed his availabity for the last 2 matches. His Travel arrangements also had been made. So his stint to BD is now confirmed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    i hope dhaka gladiators will win!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Great decision afridi u r too man ! dont waste your time for money in leagues whether its BPL or IPL just play for country and earn love and prayers of millions daily ! Great decsion others must follow !

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | January 21, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    No matter whether Afridi is there or not but its certain that BPL is going to be a exciting tournament and we are waiting desperately to watch it.

  • POSTED BY drsaadxb on | January 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Now that is the TRUE KING KHAN....!

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Afridi u make me proud as a Pakistani I love u from bottom of my heart

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | January 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Update : Afridi has confirmed to his BPL team DHAKA GLADIATORS that he will arrive in Dhaka on 28TH Feb and will appear in the field on 29Th feb.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Hamid Hassan Will Rock in this tournament, i hope that he get fit fir the BPL matches and play well. lets pray for his good health........

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    i think BPL better than national said....afridi always perfoming national team. much better you decision. dont wast your national cricket. becoz millionion people like your cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    I love afridi for being Afridi

  • POSTED BY reyme on | January 22, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Dhaka Glagiators already confirmed his availabity for the last 2 matches. His Travel arrangements also had been made. So his stint to BD is now confirmed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    i hope dhaka gladiators will win!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 22, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Great decision afridi u r too man ! dont waste your time for money in leagues whether its BPL or IPL just play for country and earn love and prayers of millions daily ! Great decsion others must follow !

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | January 21, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    No matter whether Afridi is there or not but its certain that BPL is going to be a exciting tournament and we are waiting desperately to watch it.

  • POSTED BY drsaadxb on | January 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Now that is the TRUE KING KHAN....!

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Afridi u make me proud as a Pakistani I love u from bottom of my heart

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Salute to You Mr.Boom Boom you are a proud HERO of Pakistan.We All Loves you and wants to see you only in Green flag shirts come on

  • POSTED BY Jawwad123 on | January 21, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    He has purposely insulted the BPL and cricket itself!! Why did he sign the contract in the first place?? HE should at least play the games bfore and after the ODIs

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    i AGREE with Afridi ....

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    wonder why Pak dont have there own version of the IPL since they are not even allowed to participate...

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Yah it would have been very patriotic if it was something more than a rumour. The fact is AFRIDI IS PLAYING FOR DHAKA GLADIATOR. only 2-3 matches though. It was a misunderstanding between afridi and reporters.. Or maybe he had given a second look.. Its lot of money and fame..

  • POSTED BY sabee66 on | January 20, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    GOOD ON YOU Bro, when players are quitting TEST/One daysfrom national teams for MONEY YOU have proved that you are a genuine blood line person who love his country and nation I wish our Politicians will think like that way

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    It was all good.. but why didnt he let BCB or anyone from the BPL side know that he wa unvailable from the begining. It wouldve avoided this whole drama. I think next time BPL teams may not rely on his availablity..But all good for Afridi if this gesture ensures his continued selection with PCB

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Don't they ask the players about their availability before auctioning? It can't be!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Hands down to you my great and honouable player of pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    We Love you Afride, You have showed again that You Play for your country not like others who just play for money and defame there country Name, We Proud you Afride.. BoOM BoOM...Rocks!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    its realy gives pleasure to listen that one who gives preference to his nation over his own wish to earn money - great afridi u r just awesome .but i want yu to play for bpl and i wnat you to make a record of highest paid player till now

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | January 20, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    I think players like Malinga and Pollard should take note!

    Putting country before anything else is just what we expect from Mr. Boom Boom and I hope to see you back as the captain for ODI's and T20's.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    how did Dhaka not see this? Obviously they bought Afridi as more of a future marketing gimmick than a player

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Hats of to you Afridi, you are an example of loyalty to your country. Country that gave you everything you have today.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I am hoping that BPL will be a huge success and we can look forward to anything other than Indians playing Indians for 2 3 months. In general cricket needs this tournament, for the sake of smaller nations. I hope players from associate countries can feature regularly in such competitions too.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 20, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    AdnanSiddiqui your are right. No wonder the pak crowd is crazy about him.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Nothing exceptional here. Ofcourse he shud put National cause ahead of everything else. He has hardly got back in the team and if he tries to go after money, he will be thrown out of the team like other stars...Pakistan is recovering and doesnt need star power to cross the river now.....If he really wants to be in the team he must remain commited and leave BPL or any other league behind....b/c if not, then he wont be welcomed back in the team this time around....this is the last chance he has....!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi !

    Very good decision taking by afridi ... people want to see him always in Green Kit rather than any other tournament kit (y)

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 20, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @ AdnanSiddiqui .. Absolutely right. had those rogues been in BoomBoom's Place they would have chosen the othe way round. Even though i am a fan of Chris Gayle but he is merrilyl making money all over the world. Also surprising is the fact that the PCB had levied a heavy fine on him after the spat with Waqar. And still here he is. Pak are lucky to have players of such commitment even though they also rouges like Kamran, Amir, Asif, Salman etc.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    We love you Afridi.yor are the honest player to our nation.We proud of you...

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    i think afridi's commitment with the team is remarkable but he should appear at least in the matches before and after the england ODI's...

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    How many drama left in your career Mr. Afridi ??

  • POSTED BY AdnanSiddiqui on | January 20, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    This guys is simply awesome ... a country which is deprived from these lucrative tournaments and where some of the players even used illegal means to compensate for the salary difference which they have with rest of other top cricketing nations. This Son of Pakistan actually kicking off 6 Caroor, 30 Lac Pakistani Rupees to play few ODIs for Pakistan.

    Kudos Boom Boom .. You are a true Hero ... Shame on those who actually missed their national duties by faking injuries or prefer to rest for these WWE style tournaments.

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | January 20, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    This should be the first blow for the Dhaka Gladiators. Now the chance to go to Khulna Royal Bengal where SHAKIB AL HASAN may have full dominanation for selecting the team and can go on his on way which is very important. The KRB officials should completely rely on the WORLD NO ONE and give him complete freedom to utilize his widely earned experience.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Its sad to hear about Afridi, but I am looking forward for BPL. All the best.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    thats why the whole pakistan loves him..he doesnot put money above the national duties...love you boom boom

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    IPL didn't help India to perform well in test....so without developing fist class cricket BD will never get achievement....but T20 is a matter of entertainment in modern era of cricket...so we can't avoid it....

  • POSTED BY tauhid_aks on | January 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    I think Afridi should play in the league when he does not have national commitment.

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 20, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Afridi mercurial and unplanned as ever.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    good lala. we love u most.

  • POSTED BY realist1 on | January 20, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Very good to see players from associate countries given a chance in the BPL. Bangladesh always respect the good players no matter which countries they are from. It's shame though that Bangladesh cricket team hasn't improve even after playing such a long time in the top league.

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  • POSTED BY realist1 on | January 20, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Very good to see players from associate countries given a chance in the BPL. Bangladesh always respect the good players no matter which countries they are from. It's shame though that Bangladesh cricket team hasn't improve even after playing such a long time in the top league.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    good lala. we love u most.

  • POSTED BY AbdullahShaikh on | January 20, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Afridi mercurial and unplanned as ever.

  • POSTED BY tauhid_aks on | January 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    I think Afridi should play in the league when he does not have national commitment.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    IPL didn't help India to perform well in test....so without developing fist class cricket BD will never get achievement....but T20 is a matter of entertainment in modern era of cricket...so we can't avoid it....

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    thats why the whole pakistan loves him..he doesnot put money above the national duties...love you boom boom

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Its sad to hear about Afridi, but I am looking forward for BPL. All the best.

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | January 20, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    This should be the first blow for the Dhaka Gladiators. Now the chance to go to Khulna Royal Bengal where SHAKIB AL HASAN may have full dominanation for selecting the team and can go on his on way which is very important. The KRB officials should completely rely on the WORLD NO ONE and give him complete freedom to utilize his widely earned experience.

  • POSTED BY AdnanSiddiqui on | January 20, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    This guys is simply awesome ... a country which is deprived from these lucrative tournaments and where some of the players even used illegal means to compensate for the salary difference which they have with rest of other top cricketing nations. This Son of Pakistan actually kicking off 6 Caroor, 30 Lac Pakistani Rupees to play few ODIs for Pakistan.

    Kudos Boom Boom .. You are a true Hero ... Shame on those who actually missed their national duties by faking injuries or prefer to rest for these WWE style tournaments.

  • POSTED BY on | January 20, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    How many drama left in your career Mr. Afridi ??