Bangladesh Premier League 2011-12 February 29, 2012

Mushfiqur slams 'disorganised' league

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh and Duronto Rajshahi captain, has criticised the management of the BPL for the confusion over the identity of the fourth semi-finalist, and also for a delay in payments to players. He could be in trouble for his comments, which are being investigated by a disciplinary committee.

"The commitment was to pay us 75% of the contracted amount before the end of the tournament. But we haven't received anything of that sort. We got some of the money but not the said amount," Mushfiqur told the Daily Star. "Not just the local players, most of the foreign players also haven't received any payment yet. And even if they have been paid, it has been very little."

Mushfiqur's team, Rajshahi, lost the first semi-final to Barisal Burners in Mirpur on Tuesday but they did not know who their opponent was until the morning of the match. The confusion over whether Chittagong Kings or Barisal were the fourth semi-finalist reflected badly on the tournament, he said.

"The whole world saw how disorganised the tournament was," Mushfiqur said. "Barisal were told they have to score the [151] runs in 16 overs [against Chittagong Kings on Sunday] and they progressed. Then it was said that Chittagong would go through. It is indeed a big shame.

"Until the evening we knew it was Barisal. Afterwards, during the second game yesterday [Monday], we heard it is the Chittagong Kings who are going through. That's what we knew when we went to sleep. After waking up, we find out it is Barisal. The league has been running like this."

The BCB media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, said Mushfiqur's comments were a "serious offence".

"Stern action will be taken if he's found guilty," Yunus said. "The disciplinary committee will look into the matter and inform the board, which will take action shortly." Mushfiqur has already been disciplined once during the league, for showing dissent over an umpiring decision.

Mushfiqur also cautioned that while the league was of benefit to the players, there could be a few things to guard against. "Definitely there are good things to pick up from the foreign players, but also there are things that have been negative that is going on. Whoever can get out of this with cricket in their mind, will do good in the future."

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  • Ahsanul on March 1, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @Shaikh Rahman: Thx 4 ur comments. The tournament was really haphazard. Bcoz i know everything of it. The seating arrangement of the final was ridiculous. But it seems everyone has avoided to comment it. There are 2738 seats in the VIP grandstand but more than 3500 entered the VIP grandstand, most of them were relatives of influential people. So, why do they sell tickets of 5000 tk and cheat the people?? A person who yesterday faced this situation probably won`t buy a ticket to watch a match ever...

    @Shovan Rahman: You are a cricket fan with eyes and ears... Thx for not being blind

  • julian on March 1, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    need to a good plan for next bpl otherwise it's lost his shine . as a opening is not bad at all but after next season it shoud be more organize.then we must proud as bangladeshi fans.

  • Sadman Sakib on March 1, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @rocky gomes: well said brother.. trust me it really was a success.. i've nearly seen all those matches including those vintage semi-final and the final.. i've seen the crowd in front of me, they were praying,crying,laughing,dancing.. it was full of life.. since it was the first edition the crowd weren't that much as it was expected but i do believe this scenario will change the next year.. but you know rocky, these players dont even know what we need.. :( i always try to watch every game of bangladesh and we people dont need a win since we know we have little treasure.. we need their TRUE effort.. but they dont understand.. :( they only need money.. thats all.. :'(

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Praxis, why didn't Mushfiq speak out before he lost the semi-final? Do you think he would have made those statements, if he had won the match? His team was winning nearly every match and after every match he was giving positive statements about the tournament. There are people who would say Lady Gaga cannot sing. It's not singing. Opera is real singing. Fine, try to listen to opera for five days at a stretch before zero audience (test match crowd).

    You can even say it's not real writing, because it's not hand-written. Friend, it's time to move on.

  • Rizwan on March 1, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @Rocky Gomes, kindly explain how Mushfiq was being a hypocrite? Was his statement not very clear somehow or didn't have any base? Why don't you read a little more about this tournament & find out what happened before the semifinals? You think T20 is cricket's savior & before it cricket was in ruins, surely you are entitled to your opinion. But financial success & crowd turning up for the finals don't cover up everything that went wrong. Maybe, couple of decades from now T20 will be everything. But right now, test cricket matters the most. Having the best T20 league & most money haven't done Indian cricket much good when that scoreline is 8-0 for overseas tests, even the die-hard Indian fans will agree to that. Maybe for some delusional fans having a T20 league means success, for others, its seeing their team at least put up a fight in test cricket or ODIs. (...mentioned India & IPL as it was clear that u measured BPL's success based on IPL.)

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Sorry Mushfiq, can't agree with your hypocrisy. If you had your hands on the cup, I bet, you wouldn't have made those statements. BPL or IPL hasn't ruined cricket, like some of the so called hypocrites are saying. I can bet, these very crickets, only watch BPL or IPL and never test crickets. I would say, let's face the change and the truth, T20 cricket has picked up cricket from the ruins.

    It is our problem with most of the Bangladeshis that we cannot handle success. BPL was simply a success. It was amazing how within this very short period it was able to attract the imagination of the nation and brought in massive crowds. Can't wait for the next edition.

  • Jawwad on March 1, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    I thought the tournament was pretty well organized with immense cricketing entertainment considering the resources and was an inaugural. Pakistan players were expected to come good but some of Bangladesh players played real well. Good job BPL!uyi

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    totally 110 % truth...............

  • Johnathon on March 1, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    To be honest and as a non-Indian, even though it was unprofessional, I feel that the matches were a lot better than the IPL Matches. The reason? There were 5 international Players in each team. 5! Way better than the IPL"s 4. Nobody would watch the IPL if there were no international players playing. And non-Indians don't want to see below par Indian players playing T20 cricket and continuously getting low scores. Increase the number of international players to 5 or even 6 and watch the real money start to come in

  • Dummy4 on February 29, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @InnocentGuy: Oh trust me the fanatics of the whole world knows about BPL. You'r most probably from a country where there is no media coverage.

    On topic: Its true that the whole tournament was disorganised, lol including the prize giving ceremony. Consciously, intentionally, on purpose, wilfully, wittingly, Mr Arun Lal kept repeating GIMME A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE IPL. LOL I have nothing else to say.

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