BPL news January 30, 2013

Players could boycott BPL - Tim May


Unpaid fees and broken promises could lead to a players' boycott of the Bangladesh Premier League, Tim May has warned. May, the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) has revealed that "many" overseas players involved in the BPL remain unpaid and that players' patience with the organisers has worn thin.

"The players are very seriously considering some sort of boycott simply because there is little else they can do," May told ESPNcricinfo. "They were promised 25% of their fees as soon as they arrived in Bangladesh, another 25% before the last game and the final 50% within 150 days of the end of the event.

"In most cases, those first payments have not been made. As for the rest of the fees the players are owed, well, good lucking seeing that."

May admitted to a sense of frustration at the situation. After severe problems securing payments after the first instalment of the BPL, FICA advised players against taking part this time. Many ignored the warnings, however, and are now asking FICA for assistance.

"We didn't say this might happen," May said. "We said it would happen. So yes, there is an element of frustration. We gave the players strong advice and they ignored it. They seem to have thought 'it won't happen to me.'

"So, what do we do? The answer is we look at the bigger picture: we try to help the players in the same way in the way a foreign embassy might try to help people who find themselves in trouble in a foreign country they have been warned against visiting. Our obligation is to protect players' welfare and we will continue to look at way we can do that.

"We believe the new administration behind the Bangladesh Cricket Board should be better than the one that preceded it. We hope that the delays might be because they had little time to prepare ahead of this season of the BPL but, at the moment, we do still have some doubts about the BCB."

May did express the hope that the episode might convince players to take warnings from FICA more seriously in future. In particular, he hoped that players considering taking part in the Pakistan Super League might reflect that.

"There are good reasons why just about every government in the world is advising its citizens against travelling to Pakistan," May said. "There are good reasons why none of the major cricket boards are sending their teams to Pakistan and there are good reasons why most independent security experts say that it is not safe to visit the country.

"We are not making up the security concerns we have with Pakistan. We have an obligation to look after the welfare of players and there is nothing more important than their personal safety. We are strongly advising foreign players not to take part in the Pakistan Super League, but we understand that some are likely to do so anyway."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rezaul on February 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    Now, it is understood that Shah gave wrong account number and his contract paper was not handed over to the BCB delayed the transfer of his payment. BCB repeatedly stated that as a parent body of BPL, they will make sure that all the players are paid. There were so much talk about payments last year, can anybody claim now about a single penny of non payment, NO. So, what is this big fuss about BPL now. Why is Tim May shouting so much. And I feel that cricinfo should publish the news with more information and clarification from all parties not just hearing one person. cricinfo has a global image as a renowned cricket website throughout the whole world. They should not publish such a news which may defame a cricket board and tournament when the root of the story is somewhat different. I expect cricinfo should publish a follow up news and Tim May should not be so premature to comment like this.

  • Abdul on February 2, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    The Fact is that, Owais Shah put the wrong account number. That't why he does not received the fund & he acknowledge it.

  • mohammad on February 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    HaHaHA, it was Shah's mistake, he gave wrong Bank A/C Number.He apologized now.

  • Rakib on February 1, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    the fact is that the payment process goes through formalities and phases. for that reason ,payment is delayed. all players participated last year have been paid . so be patient and see. don't comment blindly

  • Shoaib on February 1, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    I think we will be hearing from Shah soon not going to give it away based on reports I have been hearing today :)

  • Usman on February 1, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    It's a growing league. The IPL would have faced these type of problems had they not been the most populous cricketing nation :p

  • Usman on February 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    @SirViv1973 - Well said!!

  • Khub on February 1, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    @Bigdhonifan, mayb u didnt read my cmnt. i know dat very well he's a formar aus player... bt wat he's done so far 4 d development of players......

  • V.L on January 31, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @ reality_check Pakistanis should stop blaming BCCI for all that is happening in their country. It was all their doing. Likewise it would be ludicrous to compare BPL to IPL. Barring the last year that too by one franchise(which had one of their airlines go bankrupt last year) the massive sums of payments were never delayed before and I dont see it happening again. SLPL on the other hand is good, but they do not have as big market as India does and expecting it to do like IPL is not fair and again blaming the BCCI for it is not fair

  • Sreejith on January 31, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @CrICkeeet may be you don't know much about Cricket. Tim May is former Australian test cricketer.

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