Bangladesh Premier League January 14, 2013

FICA warns foreign players about financial irregularities in BPL


Similar to other Twenty20 leagues around the world, the Bangladesh Premier League also banks on the number, quality and availability of foreign players. But in the first season, the trust in the BPL's organisers took a major hit after payments were delayed and contracts were not in place, months after the tournament had ended.

The quota for 60 foreigners was filled in the first season but this time it hasn't been completed because the franchises haven't shown the interest or the confidence to complete payments. Rangpur Riders, the new franchise this season, had initially called for just five foreigners and wants to add a couple before the tournament begins.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) was one of the interested parties that kept vigilance on payments and put pressure on the BPL to fulfil contracts. Their apprehension remains this time around, as FICA chief executive, Tim May, explained to ESPNcricinfo. "To be honest we have significant concerns regarding the future of the event," May said. "We have recommended that players think twice before placing their trust in the various franchises and administration of the BPL.

"We would like to be able to give a more positive picture of the scenario but because of the continual struggles with 2012 player payments, the already broken commitments of the 2013 obligations, and the terrible terms of timing of player payments contained within the player contract, we are not able to endorse the event as it stands at the moment."

May also pointed out poor administration as the other issue that has hurt the BPL. There are several complaints internally about the BPL's organisational capabilities, many of which have been deflected to the lack of time. Although a new governing council took over in late November, once the directors' body of the BCB expired after four years, the same excuses have been put forward as in 2012.

"It was financial issues and sub-standard administration. We haven't seen any evidence of financial obligations been adhered to so far for this event," May added. "So unfortunately, we are not brimming with confidence at the moment, even with the change of management of the BPL."

Despite the indifference, foreign players signed up for the auction and are now arriving for the tournament. And these players are not just uncapped players with little playing opportunity but internationals too. May, however, said that the players want to play without any worry. "It's an opportunity to play cricket in a different culture, and based upon feedback from players who participated in 2012, the event itself was reasonable," he said.

"The financial factors have weighed against these for a number of players who participated last year. They simply don't want to play in an event and worry when or if they are ever going to see any payments from the franchises or BPL.

"The fact that the bank guarantees and deposits that should have already been made, still have not been made, is a very worrying aspect for any player whether he's a domestic player or foreign player."

More than half the total number of foreigners in the BPL - approximately 33 after a few pull-outs - are going to be playing their first season. FICA will still ask them not to travel, mainly because of the guaranteed payments that have not been cleared.

During this tournament, 25% of the total player payment has to be made before the tournament, 25% during the tournament and 50% has to be paid 150 days after the tournament has been completed. Shakib Al Hasan has already said that he has not received the initial fee and Alex Hales, who was bought by Duranto Rajshahi, has confirmed he won't be participating this year, in part due to potential payment issues.

"Our latest advice to all foreign players is not to travel to Bangladesh until the BPL and its franchises have produced bank guarantees for the entire player payment pool for each team. These were required to be in place by January 7 - these are still not in place," May said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    @Faizan: Bangladesh Cricket is becoming a force now yes still a weaker team but improving all the time mainly thanks to new BPL and BCL. Also it would be great if you can sort out your spelling i.e. instead of 'u' use 'you', not 'accur' its 'occur' and commas and full stops all punctuation so that your sentences are clear but cheers my friend all the best :P

    Pakistan Cricket will be declining soon just watch! :P

  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    @Faizan: Excluding associate teams at under-19 level even though Bangladesh according to you guys are associate team, Bangladesh at under-19 have played 83 times against the top 8 winning 45 matches against the top 8 like Australia, England and South Africa etc the winning percentage is almost 55% and yes you're right Bangladesh 70% overall under-19 level win ratio - 15% is due to associate but that's nothing compared to 55% against top 8 by Bangladesh so I hope you understand this simple maths Bangladesh under-19 the future of Cricket can beat top team or low team thanks for rating us highly :D

  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Pakistan under-19 played 13 times in 'history' at under-19 level? that's incorrect because in 'history' if you remember both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were also associate teams so its not 13 times like you mentioned but you played these weaker teams 34 times so no need to lie mate sorry if that hurt you :P You talk about Bangladesh success against associate teams but that's just one side of the coin, in the other side of the coin, Bangladesh have fantastic records like I've already mentioned against teams like England and Sri Lanka so need to stop being ignorant and see 'all' the facts. The current Pakistan senior team is old average age 33 and will go through a massive transition while the Bangladesh team is 24 years of age so yes Bangladesh have a much much better future in Cricket than Pakistan especially when you cannot host matches so good luck for the future - - win! :P :D

  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    @Faizan: What? Bangladesh at under-19 level leads Pakistan 6-5, England 17-8, West Indies 4-2, Sri Lanka 14-8 etc these are all facts my friend hard to take I know the future is clear. Associate? but according to you guys these associate teams are better than Bangladesh so its either this or that can't have it all your way but whether associate or top, Bangladesh can beat anyone at Under-19 level based on some of those facts above :)

  • faizan on January 16, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    also azab @ changing times in cricket do accur but theres a proverb in english that history repeats itself :P further u r more elligible to understand :P

  • faizan on January 16, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    azab : u mean to say int players cox we see our players in action ecery time in the domestic arena , also u chose to reply me on other posts when the article was about to be closed for further comments , and as afr as the u19 are concerned u didnt get the point which i was talking abt yes bd has a u19 record of w/l to be 1.8 but its due to the fact that in their 15 yrs history they have played 25 times with associates nation and in our 30 yrs histoury we played against the associates 13 times thats what the comment meant ! never intended to hurt the feelings of u bro :P also i did mention that bd has won one more match than us remember :P so i didnt understand the point of that argument and as far as the eng team goes we all knows that england MAKES players they have a suport staff containing more than 15 personals with them to correct them so comparing the u19 to the seniors team is quite childish and unexpected call from a viewer like u :)

  • Smith on January 15, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    @faizan_feroz: Pakistan not hosting Cricket has gotten to some paki fans dearly. How does it feel to be deprived of Cricket? and not seeing your players right in front of you? :)

  • Afaq on January 14, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @faizan_feroz: Yaar all these things happen in the organizations and if you think it is the fatal mistake, the blame should be given to BCB, not the BD cricket fans. Yes, it irritates when we all uselessly fight but believe me, all this cannot derive the better outcome instead of hatred which would develop between the brothers. I told you in the previous comment that they might really not have any fault while giving the bashing statements as they were fed something which really made them retaliating.

  • faizan on January 14, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    and azab : sorry bro the last time i read cricinfo was when the last date of clearing bpl dues which included abdul razzaq as the most prominent pakistani to be unpaid was after ramazan , so i guess it was just to confrm their presence next yr rather than payng at the ryt time :) still let the league began wsh our bd brothers ( look afaq :P) best of luck :)

  • RAFSAN on January 14, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Let the tournament start first,then criticize

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