Bangladesh Premier League 2013 January 31, 2013

Abdur Razzak adds voice to payments issue


Rangpur Riders captain Abdur Razzak has said his team's players have been playing "free of cost" in this season of the Bangladesh Premier League because they haven't been paid yet. Razzak's comments come a day after Owais Shah, the Dhaka Gladiators batsman, complained he had not been paid the first installment (25%) of his $75,000 paycheck.

The Riders are third in the tournament with three wins, after they went down to Sylhet Royals by five wickets on Thursday.

"Our focus is bound to be hampered," Razzak said. "The foreign players in my team are feeling insecure. Our owner has told us the payments will be cleared before the second round. It would be great if it happens because we are all professional cricketers. We have played free of cost so far, so there have been discussions among the players."

Razzak said he hoped the owners understood that cricket was the only source of income for most of the players, but wasn't certain he would see all the money. "I am not saying that I will be playing free of cost but if I had to, it wouldn't be a good situation. What will be my livelihood? I have spent my life in cricket.

"Truth be told, I am not confident about payment. If I say I am confident, I might not get paid, and if I say I won't get paid, they may clear the payment."

Shah had said that he received the remittance slip from the Bangladesh board but the amount had not been credited into his account. ESPNcricinfo was also told that Shah was just one of many players not to have been paid.

Tim May, the the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), said that players' patience with the organisers had worn thin and there was possibility of a boycott if the payments were not made.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Mike on February 2, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @bigdhonifan - No!! there will be many more BPL editions but GOOD LUCK!!! same people last year said there won't be a BPL 2 but completely wrong :)

  • Rakib on February 1, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Being a BD fan, i am also frustrated with BCB. But tim may is crying much.BPL is only half way through.let the tournament finish first.

  • w on February 1, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    People learn from their mistakes but BCB does not. Year after year they are repeating same thing. BCB is ruining Bangladesh cricket's future. It's time to run BCB by some professionals not by rulling party's people.

  • Mike on February 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I don't know the exact story of these payment issues but if what these payment articles say is true then I really hope all this is sorted out fast because really they had the organisers and board a year to sort all this out which is plenty of time plus BPL 2 has finally liven up with very good matches and crowd despite the last minute pull out by Pakistanis. Also most of the players and especially foreign ones are enjoying their time together based on what I have seen on the matches on tv and doing everything to play their best and bring in good games and deserve to get paid on time. Its do or die for BPL 2 if these controversies are still lurking around.

  • Baundule on February 1, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Both Wise Shah and Alfonso Thomas are playing this match. So, they did not boycott as predicted by FICA and Cricinfo Bangladesh correspondent.

  • Shoaib on February 1, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    I don't know who's telling the truth but banking systems varies for each country. Some transfers can take within 24 hours while others several days but I do agree this is totally unacceptable and plane wrong.

    I remember a lot of 'worried' people last year saying there won't be a BPL 2 but were wrong and again they will be wrong like always. We know you guys are afraid what BPL can do to our players but its too late now GOOD LUCK!! though so far so safe :)

  • Raziul on February 1, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I feel so bad that outsiders are pointing out BD. This a great shame and disappointing. I can't work more than a month without payment then how come these players will play without payment. If there is any funding problem then they must sit and discuss the whole issue with players. If not 25% then at least (15-20)% should have been paid by now. This is the biggest issue and BCB must solve it now otherwise players will boycott and BPL will be postponed. BCB & clubs must think about the BD's image. This will also hamper our reputation as a cricketing nation. I want BPL a real success.

  • faizan on February 1, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    kzaman . as of ipl , each team or franchise has to pay a certain fix deposit amount at the start of every season , so even if a franchises doesnt pay the players the deposit amount is big enuf to pay them for years , ipl is the mother of all leagues whether any 1 in pak bd likes it or not !

  • Ian on January 31, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    So not just an overseas player issue for the flagship and internationally envied* BCB T20 tournament.


  • Syed on January 31, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Sort it out BPL. I thought it was sorted but I had a feeling it will happen again. If it wants more quality foreign players... give the players their MONEY!!

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