Haven't received initial BPL fee - Shakib
Shakib Al Hasan has said he hasn't received his initial signing amount from his BPL franchise Dhaka Gladiators, with four days to go before the tournament begins. Every player in the BPL is entitled to receive 25% of his total fee before the start of the second season.
Players are supposed to get 25% of the money before the tournament starts, 25% during the tournament, and the remaining 50% within 150 days after the competition ends.
"I haven't received it yet," Shakib said after Dhaka Gladiators' first training session. "I think rules about payment should be written down so that payments can be made properly. The players will appreciate if payments are made for this season because we know what happened last season."
Although on-field performances won't be affected because of the delay, Shakib said, irregularity in the payments was a disincentive. "It [non-payment] won't affect the on-field performance but players will feel bad, those who haven't been paid yet. We are all sufferers to be honest. It would be great if we get paid soon, because we give our 100% when we take the field and deliver results."
Shakib said he would take some time to recover from the stress fracture he suffered on his shinbone during the West Indies series, but he is likely to be available for the BPL apart from perhaps the first two games. "I am not fully fit, and it will take some more time. I think I will regain full fitness after the first two matches."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent