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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

Posted by Energetic. on (January 31, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

@Murtazamak - Whats all the haahahaha for??? your argument is full of ignorance therefore invalid. You obviously haven't watched BPL and nobody is asking you anyway fact is it has benefited our Cricket and is safe unlike some :P

Yes our players are better than YOU but the cricketing world is changing but some people like YOU are too blind to see it but you know for yourself pretty soon GOOD LUCK!!! :)

Posted by MurtazaMak on (January 31, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

@TheVillain - hahaha basing your judgments on facebook likes!! hahaha...good solid argument provided in favor of the BPL!! Secondly, I think a lot of people watch the Friends Provident T20 and the Big bash around the World. The ipl gets a few ratings too but the BPL is just not exciting with has-been / washed up English / S.Africans/ Aussies playing in a country whose team after countless opportunities since 1999 fails to show any sort of development and maturity in the way they play their cricket! Good luck!

Posted by Raziulnur on (January 31, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

'FICA to recommend SLPL boycott without bank guarantee' Andrew Fernando September 6, 2012

FICA acted same way with SLPL. May has same problem with IPL as well.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Well, the most embarassing situation in someone's professional life is that you do something and then not get paid. I was initially thinking that it happened only in common man's life but players. Its a shock. BCB should have managed it in much better way and they have means to do that but I feel ashamed to read that players have to think about leaving the league due to non payment. Pakistani players did well by not taking part in the league and avoided embarrassing situation like this

Posted by A.Awal on (January 31, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Keep patients brother. Bangladesh Central Bank have some restriction for currency transfer. FICA and other bad promoters always ready to find out BPL lacking. And this time they sought one. Owis Shah got the pay slip, the amount may take two days to deposit his account. Why news is making in this issues.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

It is absolutely absurd that a transaction between a player and a franchise cannot take place without the intervention of the BCB. I guess it's a way for the BCB to be relevant. It is also truly absurd that the BCB cannot payout a players contract until the correct paperwork is filed with Bangladesh bank. Talk about creating a bureaucratic machine just to keep sustaining government jobs. ha!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

BCB should run by ex cricketers not politicians. They are making its image down and lots of unnecessary controversy. It looks like nothing they can do better way. First problem with coach selection, contact with Pybus, BPL controversy, Pakistan tour controversy etc etc.

Posted by TripleCenturian on (January 30, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Well surely all he has to do is refuse to play until his contractual terms have been met. No one is forcing him to be there. If others follow suit then it will either prompt swift payments or signal the end of this league which frankly won't be too disastrous for most. This players there look to be second or third rate players unable to make it with their national teams and looking for a quick buck somewhere.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

It looks like BCB is running by their own way...nothing to say about they system and professionalism. No other cricket board creates lots of controversy in a short period of time

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 30, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

how does Oasis Shah keep getting contracts? He just does not ever seem to do that well?

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 30, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

@khanofcricket yes i do, im from UK. Anyways just remove the franchise owners and problem should be solved. Not looking good for future but i guess next year players will come as world cup t20 is in Bangladesh.

Posted by Energetic. on (January 30, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

@MurtazaMak - This is a Bangladeshi league nobody is asking you or fans from other countries to watch it. Just like Bangladeshi's wouldn't care watching Pakistani league or any other league big deal. Fact is it has over a 100,000 fans on the official BPL facebook page which is the second highest of all the T20 leagues so that says something :P

Posted by Energetic. on (January 30, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

@MurtazaMak - This is a Bangladeshi league nobody is asking you or fans from other countries to watch it. Just like Bangladeshi's wouldn't care watching Pakistani league or any other league big deal. Fact is it has over a 100,00 fans on the official BPL facebook page which is the second highest of all the T20 leagues so that says something :P

Posted by MurtazaMak on (January 30, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

Height of incompetence! A mis managed league smarting of unprofessionalism. Would be interesting to see viewer ratings of this league. I don't think anyone really cares about it!

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 30, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

BCB has touched the heights of incompetence, if they want to persist with something that is not sustainable then why make yourself a laughing stock? Scrap the whole thing or at least crop it down to a level that they can control and manage properly.

Posted by miltonabdh on (January 30, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

He has got the remittance slip. The processing of bank transfer can sometimes take a few days. I live in UK, and I know it happens here as well. Why is so much fuss? The haters, like a drowning man, are trying to catch at a straw. BPL has started pulling huge crowd. So you now need something elso, howsoever ludicrous that is.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (January 30, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

The "deadline" was BEFORE the start of the tournament. Players were supposed to receive 25% of their salary before playing any games. Even on 30th January -- 2 weeks after the tournament started -- they haven't received this payment. But I guess the players can only blame themselves. They had been warned by PCA to stay away from the BPL. They didn't listen. Now they are facing the consequences.

Posted by khanofcricket on (January 30, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Is anyone watching BPL, outside Bangladesh?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 30, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Just when the crowd started to come back and enjoying the tournament this happened. It shows that how unprofessional BCB is. Owner of Dhaka said they have paid BCB the money now its up to BCB to pay the player. Now why aren't they are paying. Because of the fiasco with Pakistani they are already under pressure and now they creating more trouble for them. I always wished best of luck to BD cricket but now I think it is about time that ICC take strong action against BCB. last year it happened we understood that its the first time so there can be mistake but when u do it twice it is not mistake. BCB is now embarrassing Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

The foreigners will get their payment ..I believe but BCB and the franchises must be more professional in completing the formalities in due time. BCB need to create a mechanism so that they don't have to blame each other. If for example Franchise A doesn't complete the formalities inside the internal deadlines, BCB can stopy A from playing next game. The other team should get walk over and earn the points.If BCB wants to make money, wants to attract big names, wants our young stars to develop, they certainly have to stop blaming the franchises. The job is simple.

Posted by rony1008 on (January 30, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Before going overboard with the payment issue, everyone involved should realize that the issue is not that the Gladiators not paying or they do not want to pay. This delay is probably because of documentation. Bangladesh Bank has very stringent regulations when it comes to remit money overseas and require proper and lengthy documentation. I am sure there are people out there who are looking for opportunities to start bashing Bangladesh Cricket. But lets give them a chance to come clean. And I'm sure things will be sorted out in a few days time. In the meantime, lets enjoy the cricket with stadium full of crowd which is becoming a rarity in some other parts of the world.

Posted by Baundele on (January 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

The deadline of the payment 31.01 is not yet over.

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