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English players warned over BPL

Andrew McGlashan

December 20, 2012

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Peter Trego scored an unbeaten 68 for Sylhet Royals, Chittagong Kings v Sylhet Royals, BPL, Mirpur, February 25, 2012
Somerset's Peter Trego played in BPL 2012 but was not bought this time © BPL T20

English cricket remains "very nervous" about the participation of players in the Bangladesh Premier League and has warned those taking part of the risks. The head of the players' union does not believe any significant improvements have been made since last year's controversial debut edition.

Alex Hales, Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara are the highest-profile English players to have been bought by franchises although a host of other county cricketers have been snapped up. Michael Lumb and James Taylor, who both play for Nottinghamshire alongside Hales, withdrew from the auction. All the players who earned deals on Thursday are understood to have been granted No-Objection Certificates by their counties but not without concerns.

"We remain very nervous about the competition," Angus Porter, the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, told ESPNcricinfo. "I don't see any evidence that the competition is going to be better off or better organised than it was last year. I'm not sure anyone involved in the game is very comfortable with this event.

"We haven't yet seen any final contracts, we are uncomfortable with the proposed payment schedule for players. We brought all the issues we can to the attention of players but at the end of the day it is their decision whether they go. From a financial and organisational point of view, we still think the tournament has a lot to prove."

Following the first edition of the BPL last year players suffered from delayed payments and the PCA had to get heavily involved to ensure money was delivered. Although those issues have now been resolved some of the coaches and backroom staff from the 2012 tournament are still without fees.

A new payment structure is in place for this year's tournament with players receiving 25% before the tournament, another quarter before it finishes then the remaining 50% within six months but Porter does not believe this system is any more secure.

"The proposed payment schedule for this year is actually worse than last year," he said. "The players will get to the end of the tournament with only 25% of the fee in their pocket if it goes to plan and of that a chuck is having to go to an agent proposed by the BPL. They won't have an awful lot of money even if the schedules are met until a considerable time after the tournament. That is far from satisfactory, given the events of last year."

The other significant area of concern was the policing of corruption. Porter has spoken to a number of the players involved in the auction to outline the risks and the PCA's concerns, but he also understands why some continue to pursue an opportunity.

"A number of players I've spoken to have said they want to go for the experience and boost their talents," he said. "They are aware of the risk they are taking. I am concerned though that the tournament is sending a signal to organisers of tournaments that you can mess with players and not deliver an event that has the governance you want to have."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (December 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

I'm Bangladeshi, and I love the Bangladesh cricket team, but for all of my fellow citizens to whine and complain that it's a conspiracy against the BPL because Bangladesh is rated lowly is pretty stupid.

Think about it, how would you guys feel if you were paid late at your jobs? If there's an issue to make payments timely, this tourney shouldn't happen in the first place.

Personally I wouldn't work for a company who has a bad rep when it comes to paying its employees and I would def take them to court. So I hope the BPL works out this time around and doesn't embarrass itself and BD cricket while in the process losing out on all future overseas players.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (December 22, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

I agreed there were some mismanagement in the BPL first season. That doesn't mean it will happen in every season. As far as I know, all foreign players are fully paid. This season, franchises must pay 25% before the tournament , 50% during the tournament and rest 25% within 6 months after the tournament. So, there is no reason to worry about getting paid this time.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (December 21, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

@TwohedulAzam thank's for ur comment and its described intention of BPL for long term developments program in Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

@TheRisingTeam on (December 21 2012, 15:11 PM GMT), this is not an attack on Bangladesh so you and those like you need to stop getting defensive. The PCA is a body that exists specifically to protect the interests of the players and there is undoubtedly a risk involved in playing in the BPL so the PCA would not be fulfilling their responsibilities if they didn't raise the point. They are not saying that Bangladesh or the BPL is bad. They are just trying to make sure that the players whom they are responsible for are able to make an informed decision. Don;t you think that the players should have all the information? If they know the risks up front then, if something does go wrong, they will be less likely, and less justified, to complain about it.

Posted by 200ondebut on (December 21, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

If their only worry is getting paid - this is a pretty poor reason. The experience they will gain is invaluable.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Why are countries like England complaining about BPL like that? if BPL was such a controversial tournament then don't you think the BPL would've stopped by now for the betterment of Cricket? it looks to me that that the players that have signed again with BPL were paid from last year. Maybe its because a minnow team are running their own league which bothers them or something who knows?

Posted by TwohedulAzam on (December 21, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

@Chris_P: In reply to your question about investing in root level, well thats why BCB is arranging this tournament, ok let me explain, BCB has sold these franchises for big amounts, plus they will receive big revenue share from TV deals, spoonsorships, other related income totalling millions of dollars every year. The plan is to make BCB financially independent which will then allow them to take long term devloepment plan at root level, some work has already started ,such as offering more than hundred first class cricketers a central contract, another 4 day competion (on top of the existing NCL) has been included from this year. And yes, there was a delay in payment but international players eventually got paid which is even mentioned in this report. Apart from this, the 1ST BPL was well organised, there was some approaches from bookies but no major incidents to effect integrity (apart from 1 or 2 playesr who might have fallen in to the trap, and they are not included in this year).

Posted by ridoy05 on (December 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

They are trying to prevent this type of tournament.

Posted by Charlie101 on (December 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Glad some English T20 players are going as they will gain some valuable experience . Hopefully Ravi can gain some subcontintent form as I still think he could be a huge asset to the T20 team.

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 21, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

@Baundele - some of the least informed comments I have seen on cricinfo, which is quite an achievement. @everyone else claiming that England are just jealous - no, we are not jealous, T20 just isn't that popular here - people watch it sure, but the majority prefer test cricket by far, and the ECB have recognised that these big money leagues are only good in the short term, you only have to look at how poor India are in test cricket now to realise that. Prudence has won here, and thankfully the ECB trying to preserve the long term standards in test cricket rather than reap short term gains, which is what most of the English fans want as well. Just because you enjoy the glitz and glamour, doesn't mean everyone does.

Posted by Wharfeseamer on (December 21, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

The PCA is just doing their job. They are the players union and as such they have a responsibility to point out potential concerns and issues with ANY position affecting their members, English players. They raise issues with the ECB too you know!!

To our friends in the sub continent. Read articles objectively and understand what is being said before rushing into being defensive.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 21, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Thumbs up to Chris_P's comment.. :)

Posted by Baundele on (December 21, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

About the payments, the players should have withdrawn themselves from the BPL, if they were not happy with the payment conditions. Simple.

Posted by Baundele on (December 21, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney, the term 'English Cricket' in my comment refers to the cricket administrations in England, it does not necessarily have to be ECB alone (KP case, Bopara Case, Broad case, ...), it includes bodies like the PCA (this article) and county admins as well. Focus on English cricket and cricketers as a whole - not only this concern over the BPL -, most likely you will also see it.

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (December 21, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Twenty over cricket was actually first played in England. Now I dont know how the x english cricketers are claiming that T20 is dangerous to their players, when players are willing to play in foreign T20 leagues. They are really not happy and trying to control the players.

Posted by SMALI_RWP on (December 21, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

The reservation expressed by the rep of the English players regarding BPL is unfortunate but correct. When it comes to payment matter relating to contracted players both BPL and SLPL have not come out with flying colours hence the reservation. Unlike the T20 tournament played in the UK where laws are strict and participating clubs have their reputation at stake these may have lesser priorities when it comes to BPL and SLPL organised tournaments. With IPL fortunately money has never been a problem and therefore issues like non payment to contracted out players has been more or less non existant. I'm in no way slandering the national cricketing board of BD or SL but the fact is both these boards have had problems with their own players when it comes to payment. It was not long ago ICC had to take notice of it. So the private sponsored T20 can play naughty when push comes to shove. So lets not spoil the good image of cricket before the whole T20 enterprise becomes a laughing stock.

Posted by challagalla on (December 21, 2012, 1:45 GMT)

Give BPL a break. I am sure they will iron out the flaws soon. The more serious issue is that of corruption and this needs to be handled ruthlessly. Payment issues have plagued IPL too but you will see less of that now. Most of the IPL team owners are rock solid financially. One way out is to open escrow accounts or to insist on bank guarantees . I wonder why all these English players are not in the IPL? Is it scheduling or somethiing else? Anyway Good Luck to BPL.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 20, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

@Iftekharul Hasan Siam . Jealous? You did read all the reports about how so many international cricketers didn't get paid or not? You also read how the tournament was run akin to a Friday night chook raffle at the local pub as well? High budget T20 league? What about investing at grass roots level & getting test cricketers up to scratch?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 20, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

@Baundele on (December 20 2012, 21:04 PM GMT), that's a stupid comment and you're just making it up to justify your prejudice. The PCA is the Professional Cricketers Association. It is a body dedicated specifically to the players. It is nothing to do with the ECB and there is no mention of the ECB in this story. The only mention of English administration is that the counties provided No-Objection Certificates. If you can't make objective observations then probably best that you don't comment at all.

Posted by Baundele on (December 20, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

When the players start earning money, the English Cricket becomes anxious of losing their petty control over them.

Posted by AK47_pk on (December 20, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

I can wait for 100000 dollars a whole year if im sure that I will get paid. Some ppl nd associations just wants to get attention. Best of luck from pak fans.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (December 20, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

if you're unaware of how economics work, late payment is not the same thing as payment on time. Interests and fees apply. Also, making the players nervous about playing because they might not get paid is not the right way to run an organisation. It is not only english cricketers, alot of other cricketers already pulled out of the auction.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

BCB is the only one to blame as the payments of players got overdue. Well, even Tamim & Nasir didn't got their full money & people here all going "Merry" about it. Our daily newspapers are full of reports about the due money of the players & some people are talking about other's jealousy? First, be honest about the whole process & clear the over-dues & then make the payment process as clear & viable as possible this term. Compliments should be earned not snatched or forced from others. Anyways, best of luck to all our BPL team this term!

Posted by anton1234 on (December 20, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

I think its a terrible shame that both England and Australia, two great cricketing nations, have tiny T20 competitions and yet Bangladesh, a novice cricketing nation, can pay the top players over $500K for the tournament. Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle both received in excess of that.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (December 20, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

I don't understand why the English have problems with these T20 leagues going on all over the world I mean just because it will be a failure in your country considering Football is your main sport doesn't mean you have to ruin it for everyone. Its these players that want to play and experience and earn some cash no matter how small it is so its upto them. I do agree though that the payment system of BPL is still as bad as last year so that seriously needs to be addressed otherwise deja vu may happen all over again. BPL isn't the only league that gets controversy hope you're aware of that. With the amount of Cricket teams that play Cricket at the top level, the World of Cricket should be glad that countries likes Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands etc are interested in Cricket.

Posted by TwohedulAzam on (December 20, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Very encouraging sign for Bangladesh cricket , local players getting paid handsomely while foreigners also getting their share. But, is BCB aware about the negative press coverage about last seasons delay in payment? I understand that international players eventually got paid but look at the way english PCA comments made the headline here at Cricinfo, this is not good publicity for the tournament, if BCB was a little careful about this issue then this headlines could have been avoided. Why take criticism when you are going to pay them anyway, this could have been avoided by paying them on time, otherwise negative comment will continue because there are some people out there who do not like Bangladesh Cricket's arranging such a big tournament! Because apart from the delay in payment, the 1st edition was a super hit and made Bangladesh proud. Our players also benefited and overseas players shown their talents and got paid handsomely, so what a bit late, $100,000 in 1 year still $100,000!

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko on (December 20, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Iftekharul - I can assure you that the English aren't jealous of any overseas T20 league, everyone else has gone their own way and good luck to them but we are very happy with our system and I'm glad we've not gone down the same route. With regards to any payments, the players know they risk risk not being paid, however so long as they are willing to take that risk I can see nothing wrong with it, especially as it will hopefully improve them as cricketers.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

ahh now i understand thats why i have not seen any report about the auction of players on cricinfo untill evening in paris.

Posted by neazahmed on (December 20, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

anyway welcome to bangladesh and welcome to BPL

Posted by CricLook on (December 20, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

There are some concern regarding payment process but as whole BPL is much better tournament. There is cricket loving crowd, no issue of security. Players with the teams around the world can have the opportunity to show their potential. Would be happy if more foreign player participate in the league. Overall looking forward for a successful tournament.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

So long as they don't mind being paid months late (and no, late payments aren't acceptable - contracts exist for a reason), it's probably worth going. Experience in subcontinental conditions is invaluable.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Last tournament had so many problems regarding payment, but hey they are all resolved now. all foreign players received due payments. 100 thousand doller is a lot of money even if is received late.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

English Cricket is only jealous of the fact that Bangladesh being a no.9 team is running a high budget T20 league. Thats it, or else guys like Tim Mey would have seen that BCB worked their best to solve all the problems they faced in the 1st edition. Most of the international media is run by UK & India so they will try their best on how to criticise BPL. Another thing, last year's edition wasn't controversial, it was superhit.l

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (December 20, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

"A number of players I've spoken to have said they want to go for the experience and boost their talents"- That's the most important thing for young English cricketers. English r not too strong against spin & in sub-continent. BPL may help them to improve those players. But yeah there r lot of risks as BCB hasn't shown enough professionalism about contracts & payments.

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