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Owais Shah anger at lack of BPL payment

Mohammad Isam

January 30, 2013

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The anxiety is writ large on Owais Shah's face after he spilled a catch off Graeme Smith, South Africa v England, ICC Champions Trophy, Group B, Centurion, September 27, 2009
Owais Shah's participation in this year's BPL could be under threat © Getty Images
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The issue of player payments at the Bangladesh Premier League has cropped up again this year after Owais Shah complained he hasn't yet received the first instalment (25 percent) of his $75,000 paycheck.

Shah, who plays for Dhaka Gladiators, received the remittance slip from the BCB but the amount hasn't been credited into his account. ESPNcricinfo has also been told that Shah is just one of many players not to have been paid.

"I have received the remittance slip via email but nothing has arrived in the last four days," Shah said. "I don't know where the money is, and it is a pretty embarrassing situation."

The BCB sent the remittance slip on January 24, but said they didn't receive signed players' agreement papers for any of Gladiators' overseas players in time. "Without the player agreement papers, it is not possible for the BCB to process bank transfer of fees to accounts of local players and international remittance for overseas player payment," a BCB statement said.

This year, the BCB has asked all franchises to send payments to the board, which would then be forwarded to the players. The deadline for the first instalment of 25%, which should have been paid before the start of the tournament, was moved from January 7 to January 16-31. The next 25% needs to be paid before the end of the tournament. The remaining amount is supposed to be transferred within six months after the end of the tournament.

Gladiators were the first franchise who paid the BCB 25% of the total players' fees. According to Salim Chowdhury, the Gladiators owner, the BCB has cashed the pay order of Tk 3 crore ($ 376,900 approx) on January 22 and that the delay is from the board's end.

However, BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick has said that it would be Gladiators' fault if Shah decides to leave the tournament. Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country, doesn't remit money without proper contracts, which Mallick says Gladiators have only sent on Tuesday (January 29).

"If Owais Shah doesn't play, it will be completely their fault. I would ask him [Salim Chowdhury] to show the received copy of the agreement papers, which he claims he has made the players sign five times. We can ascertain who's right or wrong.

"They gave us a cheque which is payable from March 14, but they haven't given us a bank guarantee, so his claims sound absurd," Mallick added. "We have tried to help them by giving extra leeway on time, but they haven't paid us the money properly."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Pickpocket on (February 2, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

Owais Shah have given a wrong account number that's why he will not get the money- Said Mr. Papon, president BCB. But a issue is made by cricinfo here. So cricinfo should published a news though proper justification. Don't harass anymore of our cricket. We r emerging a very good cricket nation in the world. All your support is required for the betterment of our cricket. My humble request to cricinfo they should published more constructive & positive news of our cricket.

Posted by The_Ashes on (February 1, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

I just want to say to fans of other teams that what BPL is doing can only be good for Cricket. We all know a league like IPL will never recruit players from weaker cricketing teams but it allows these players a chance to play in these BPL, SLPL etc so they can gain the experience and earn good amount of money which a lot of Cricket boards are unable to to pay such money to its players.

T20 Cricket is what revived Cricket, is popular and something us fans can cherish.

Posted by The_Ashes on (February 1, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

@Warm_Coffee - Bro just chill and take it easy doesn't matter what these people think of our Cricket, haters will be haters. These fans of other teams are just scared what BPL has done to our Cricketers especially the regular ones and are much much confident when they face the top teams at International Cricket. All that matters is that Bangladesh Cricket is finally going in the right direction.

As for these payments I don't know what's the true story behind this but this is totally unacceptable especially when you had so much time to organise this and if BPL cannot be managed properly then it should discontinue until our board can for once get their act together. Us Bangladesh fans really enjoy watching BPL and want it to be a success but please organise it properly.

Posted by rony1008 on (February 1, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

It has been reported that in the website BanglaCricket Owais Shah gave wrong account number. And he would face the media soon to admit his mistake. So all these people and as usual espncricinfo get overboard as soon as any issue is found related to Bangladesh cricket. I am not sure this post of mine would get published. But please understand people Bangladesh cricket is here and stop bashing cricket of Bangladesh.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 1, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Sohail Ahmed: Shutup and stop reliving in the past, its all about the present and future watch how Bangladesh will crush your Pakistan and others once these young inexperience replacements come in and go up against our young experience players good luck loser!!!! future is clear hahaha common sense 100 million fans in and outside Bangladesh will take our team everywhere.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

@extremespeed .... all the teams are old except bangladesh which even hadnt won enough if you compare with zimbabwe and kenya for 14 years ...and by the way OLD IS GOLD so good luck with your team and please pay the players money first andthen make comments for other cricket teams ...

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 1, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

BPL is a mess ,no doubt about it.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 31, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

I don't have much knowledge on economics and how transfers and all that work especially in different countries where it greatly varies from eachother but BCB had about a year which is plenty to sort this out and if is true then what can I say? this is not on.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 31, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

hahahahayo murtaza truth is hard to take I know fact is BPL has fans get use to it nobody cares whether you like or hate BPL, Bangladesh Cricket we don't like Pakistan Cricket and don't give a damn about you. Actually Bangladesh Cricket is changing now WAKE UP!!! your team is old and will be declining soon its 2013 NOT 1999 stop reliving in the past its all about the present and future so yeah good luck indeed :)

Posted by The_Ashes on (January 31, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

@Murtaza:- You need to get out more mate, different eras comes and goes but what are you? since you think you know what you're talking about. We know people like you are scared on how our league changed our players attitude. Worry about making your super league safe for once good luck in getting Cricket back :D

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