Bangladesh news December 15, 2012

BPL auction shifted to December 20


The players' auction of the Bangladesh Premier League has been shifted to December 20 while the tournament's second edition is set to begin on January 18, with the opening ceremony to be held the previous day. It had been earlier announced that the auction would be held on December 9. But since that co-incided with the home series against West Indies, the date had to be shifted.

"We will hold the opening ceremony on January 17 and start the tournament on January 18," Ismail Haider Mallik, the new BPL secretary, said. "The players' auction will take place on December 20 while a new franchise will be finalised tomorrow. We will bring on board Rangpur as the seventh franchisee."

The announcement was made at a press conference; it was also an occasion to introduce the new faces in the BPL governing council. Afzalur Rahman Sinha is the new BPL chairman (replacing Gazi Ashraf Hossain) while Mallik has been made secretary (in place of Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir) after the previous directors' body of the BCB dissolved in late November and was replaced by an ad-hoc committee soon after, which included both Sinha and Mallik.

But the new BPL committee has had to tackle the same issues, chiefly pertaining to player payments as well as having a contract between the organisers and the six existing franchises."We will have the agreements with the franchises completed before December 20. There will be a few instructions regarding players' payment. For instance, 25% of the payment has to be made between the players' auction and the start of the tournament.

"Before the last match of the tournament, 25% should be paid and the rest of the money will be paid within six months of the end of the last match. These are just some of the technicalities that will be incorporated in the agreement," said Mallik.

The organisers, this time as well, have been defensive, taking the "too little time to prepare" line when it comes to solving disputes (like player payments, contract with franchises, etc) from the previous tournament. Sinha, the new chairman, believes that since the new governing council took over in late November, they haven't had enough time to sort out all the disputes.

"We have had very little time to solve the disputes. We are letting the ball roll as of now because we won't get any other free slot to host the tournament. We will definitely solve the disputes with the franchises but as of now the tournament has to go on.

"The disputes regarding the foreign players' payment have been solved, we have heard a few disputes with the local players but we have been in the BCB for only a few days. We will definitely solve it in the coming days. Ten to twelve days' time, that is not enough to host a league like the BPL."

Both Mallick and Sinha assured the payment will be made in time and that it will "go through the BCB" from the franchises this time. "The payment will be done through the BCB this time. Franchisees will pay us and we will pay the players.

"We have given the franchises a time to make all remaining payments to the local players and they have agreed. We are very hopeful that they'll give the entire payment," Sinha said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Sohrab on December 17, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    i dont know if its a master stroke by bcb not to focus on test cricket or first class cricket,by the looks of it test cricket is going to die out quite soon.teams crossing out tests from their series,i see dark clouds on the horizon.

  • Smith on December 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara: Yeah but you're missing the point. The franchises were reluctant to pay more for those franchises after the disaster of the ICL or something I'm not sure but it was where Bangladesh companies paid so much money for their franchises for these other tournaments but totally backfired. Also the BPL - there wasn't enough bids for those teams last year so who would want to waste an extra lot of money? also these Sri Lankan franchises are owned by Indians lolz so I don't understand where your're going with this. Mother nature destroyed your SLPL what happened in the final of SLPL would you care to describe? and compare that final with our final and you will see a contrast :D

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    looks good. Hop this time BPL stays out of controversies. Can any1 tell me when will the franchise based first class tournament take place?

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara , BPL paid 5 crore to champions and 2 crore to runner ups in BPL (currency Taka). How much ur poor SLPL champions got??? and what a semi final and final with rain and no reserve day for such an important stage of the game.

  • mohammad on December 16, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara These leagues only spent money for buying team.While BPL teams spent 2-2.5 million on an average and players receive up to .35 million, SLPL and BBL paid US 25000 to star players.

  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    @Faruk Ahmed Majumdar... 2nd best after IPL.. and better than SLPL in Financially wise????? are you sure budy?????...Lolzzzzzzzz... FACTS.... So Called Bangladesh Premier League, where six teams were sold for $6.49 million. that means 1 team were sold out for average 1 million.

    SLPL... Sri Lanka Cricket has auctioned the seven Sri Lanka Premier League teams for an average price of $4.3.. that means for a total of around $30.1 Millions.

    BBL Around $2 Million per team.. still higher than so called BPL


  • Sami on December 15, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    It will be good for our players. They will gain more confidence to take on players from other nations and can use it to further enhance their skills. The Bangladesh of old use to get thrashed had no confidence in themselves but BPL gave them the confidence and know they can do it. Being negative doesn't get you anywhere in life always remain positive and try your best. Finally this tournament is organised properly.

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    The foreign quota should not be over 4 players in every matche,IPL and SLPL gave chances only 4 players in every match,then BD players will get more opportunities.In T20 match franchise will look forward to play max international players in every match , then BD players won't gate chance more, specially batsmen what we have seen in previous tournament.

  • Shipu on December 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Another team has been added in BPL so that's plenty of T20 matches for our Bangladesh players. I just want to say to the worried fans and experts that yes Bangladesh Cricket is finally on the rise. Its true, its damn true so good luck on your wishes cause we have the fan base and commitment unlike you :P

  • Dummy4 on December 15, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Then this must mean that the first class franchise league will start after BPL which is a good move so we can use that as our preparation for the Sri Lanka test series.

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