Bangladesh Premier League 2011-12

Mushfiqur slams 'disorganised' league

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 29, 2012

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Mushfiqur Rahim is ecstatic after Bangladesh's win, Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur, October 11, 2011
Mushfiqur Rahim could be in trouble for the second time in the tournament © Associated Press
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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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Posted by TilokBhai 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

Posted by julianrockygomes 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.

Posted by Enan 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.. :'(

Posted by   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.

Posted by Praxis 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.)

Posted by   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.

Posted by Desihungama 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

Posted by   on (March 1, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

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

Posted by johnathonjosephs 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

These politicians turned cricket administrators talk like dictators.."Stern action will be taken if he's found guilty,". Its the same situation in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and for some instances India. ICC is still trying to keep the game out of these politicians and it is about time we did it. Here in the US, players enjoy free speech. It is everyones right to comment on an apparent mess, including the players.

Posted by khalidSami on (February 29, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

I think the Organizers have done a fabulous job in putting up this great show in just 6 weeks. Hats off to them. Remember few other countries like Sri Lanka and Pakistan wanted to do it but backed off with more resources and cricketing history. The BD crowd was festive and showed up in both the venues. However, BPL Technical & Finance committee should be cognizant of their responsibility and timely action, maybe they need some professionalism there. This being the first year we all should overlook this, but I am glad that Mushfiqur has the guts to bring it up, the Organizers just bite your tongue and move on and do not make it your "ego" . The cricket purists are correct about standards of the game -the small boundary and catching, etc, these negatives are minuscle compared to the confidence of BanglaDesh nation, its people its players and promotion of the game in the country. Looking from far " it looked good to me and cricket".

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Dont speak the truth Mushfiq, other wise they will punish u. Organizers have the right to play with the league and honor of the nation. But nobody can criticize them. We are very disappointed seeing what happened. Mr. Jalal Yunus, can you stop the world from seeing our shame by stopping Mushfiq? "Serious offence" is done by you people from the organizer. Lot of homework you people should consider to do before next session. Good luck! if you help yourselves!!

Posted by InnocentGuy on (February 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

"The whole world saw how disorganised the tournament was" he he. I'm sure 99% of the world doesn't even know what BPL is.

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

bpl and ipl r ruining cricket. end this bs asap and teams should start playing 3-4 test match series instead of 2.

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Is Mushfiqur (Bangladesh captain) another Chris Gayle about to happen? He said what was on everybody's mind re the BPLT20 and he might have to pay the price. He is a brave captain and player on the field...a clear leader. The establishment are not at ease with leaders from outside their ranks.

Posted by Praxis on (February 29, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Oh yes, it happened, Dhaka needed to win the BPL for BPL's sake, now the organizers will go to sleep with peace in mind. Quite a circus this tournament has turned out to be, boundaries shortened so much that it was embarrassing to see, extremely pathetic fielding by these players, Indian celebrities turning out in the promotions, huge mess up before that semifinal, & those commentators still kept saying "... wonderful cricket!" Guess its true then, if you pay people enough, they'll say & do anything. Remember watching some guy on TV at the inaugural function of this tournament saying, "...this league will represent Bangladeshi culture & cricket..."...got to be the joke of this year!! It only showed that our cricket is light years behind of the test playing nations standard & we couldn't really come up with something new for this format of cricket. Jalal Yunus says that Mushfiq's comments were a "serious offense". Speaking the truth always is, isn't it?

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

i'm with you Mushfiqur Rahim...

Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on (February 29, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

well since they DG are winner of bpl will be the allowed by this ICC to play clt20 it will be interested to wait and watch... already they have ignored pakistan team from cl at the expense of third team from ipl.. now will it be 2 from india, 2 sa, 2 aust. 1 each from nz, wi, england, bpl? ;) the BPL is not so welcomed by BCCI for sure.. and im with the time it will grow bigger and bigger...

Posted by Stark62 on (February 29, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

What's his problem?

I thought the tournament was organised quite well considering the fact that,the whole structure was prepared 2 months prior to the start of BPL.

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

I applaud Mushfiqur for having the gut to speak the truth; even though he might be fined by those irresponsible management committee who is now hiding behind the curtain or simply not taking the responsibility of their own mistakes. I am sure at the end of the days a lot of mudslinging is surely going to start despite the claims of arranging a "successful tournament" by the committee. Waiting for the Fun ride.

Posted by   on (February 29, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

The whole world is watching? It's a rather small world, Mushfiqur!

Posted by maddy20 on (February 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

"They did not know who their opponents were till the morning of the match"! Peanuts paid to contracted players. Well we did not expect anything better did we?

Posted by sampathsl on (February 29, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

cheap money will give huge problem for the cricket.It starting from IPL then BPL Then ????

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 29, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

No doubt this tourney seems undisciplined than other domestic T-20 leagues. But as a national & franchise captain he should know what he can talk & what he can't. He can share those complains to league committee but not to media.

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Dhaka won by 8 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
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Dhaka won by 9 runs
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Barisal won by 8 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
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Khulna won by 69 runs
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