Bangladesh Premier League news February 2, 2013

Owais Shah owns up to payment gaffe

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Owais Shah has clarified the delay in the 25% of his $75,000 payment was because of an error in the bank details he had provided. He had initially complained about not being paid despite receiving a remittance slip from the BCB and had termed the situation "embarrassing" for the board.

"In regards to my initial payment of 25 percent, the issue has been rectified," Shah said in an email sent via his agent. "Initially, the bank details I provided to the BCB didn't seem to go through properly which was unfortunate. It resulted in the delay but the BCB have acted very efficiently and I'm now happy with where things stand, which is great."

BCB's acting chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said Shah's reaction was "premature" as the payments often take a few extra days to process. The bank had confirmed on Thursday that the transfer of the amount was not possible without the correct IBAN (International Bank Account Number).

"A player of Owais Shah's reputation gave a premature reaction in the public domain. This is regrettable," Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo. "Our bank sent us a correspondence on Thursday that the IBAN was incorrect and hence, his agent provided us with the information again and we had to make the transfer once again. Apart from the IBAN, a player has to provide his name, account number and swift code in order to transfer money from the country. In good faith, we had also given him the remittance slip that the bank provided us, so it is quite clear where we stand in this regard."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • lukecannon on February 2, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    BPL seems to be helping out Bangladesh unlike IPL or SLPL which is ruining cricket in their respective countries. Hopefully Bang will put up a very good fight when they tour SL next as they are quiet dangerous in the sub continent.

  • cairo on February 3, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Its good to see clarify of payment issue. BPL rocking...

  • rsmehdihasan on February 3, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I hope next time BCB and Franchise will work more closely for any kind of late payment controversy. The problem is alreay this kind incidents have damaged BPL reputation. Still not sure about local players payment as Razzak who showed his concern few days back, still did not confirm his paymen. I think it is also impirtant that local players also get paid in time. and next time hope precaution will be taken by BCB before any payment burst up comes out. Do not want to see this happen again

  • AzAb12754 on February 3, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Absolutely agree with Luke, BPL has done wonders for Bangladesh Cricket while the other leagues have damaged their International teams. BPL isn't that long lasting almost a month and once that is over, our players can draw so much confidence and positives from it and can enhance and develop their skills further. After BPL, it will allow our team to focus completely on International and Domestic assignments and perform really well in the long form and 50 over games so I like how Bangladesh Cricket is going now, won't be surprised if it surpasses teams like New Zealand, Sri Lanka etc soon. Not only we have BPL for T20, we have the new BCL for the long form and DPL for 50 overs. Bangladesh Cricket is going on the right track.

  • The_Ashes on February 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    FICA!!! hope you're reading this, our fan base is enough in and outside Bangladesh to drive Bangladesh Cricket forward GOOD LUCK!!! :)

  • spiritoflegend on February 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Expect more mature behavior from the overseas players coz ur premature statement creates false propaganda and helps some idle people to alive suddenly.

  • Third_Gear on February 3, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    When Shah complained wrongly it came as lead report in the the front page but when he admits he mistake why it does not come to the front page as lead NEWS ????????

  • British_North_America on February 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    CrICkeeet, I know you are a Pakistani fan.You are now talking against Tim May because he spoke against PSL.Stop acting like a BPL fan.

  • TheBlackMonk on February 3, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I'm really excited to see how local boys are chipping in almost in every game. I feel like sometimes it's better not to have star players in a team as locals feel the responsibilities and try to contribute. Fielding was a real concern in first season, but this time I feel like watching Jhoty Rhodes fielding in every game. This is the real spirit of the game and will continue till the end. Best of Luck!

  • Shihabshaheen on February 2, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Every overseas player got money last year, every overseas player will get money this year as well...So chill...!! BPL is on Track..!!

  • lukecannon on February 2, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    BPL seems to be helping out Bangladesh unlike IPL or SLPL which is ruining cricket in their respective countries. Hopefully Bang will put up a very good fight when they tour SL next as they are quiet dangerous in the sub continent.

  • cairo on February 3, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Its good to see clarify of payment issue. BPL rocking...

  • rsmehdihasan on February 3, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I hope next time BCB and Franchise will work more closely for any kind of late payment controversy. The problem is alreay this kind incidents have damaged BPL reputation. Still not sure about local players payment as Razzak who showed his concern few days back, still did not confirm his paymen. I think it is also impirtant that local players also get paid in time. and next time hope precaution will be taken by BCB before any payment burst up comes out. Do not want to see this happen again

  • AzAb12754 on February 3, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Absolutely agree with Luke, BPL has done wonders for Bangladesh Cricket while the other leagues have damaged their International teams. BPL isn't that long lasting almost a month and once that is over, our players can draw so much confidence and positives from it and can enhance and develop their skills further. After BPL, it will allow our team to focus completely on International and Domestic assignments and perform really well in the long form and 50 over games so I like how Bangladesh Cricket is going now, won't be surprised if it surpasses teams like New Zealand, Sri Lanka etc soon. Not only we have BPL for T20, we have the new BCL for the long form and DPL for 50 overs. Bangladesh Cricket is going on the right track.

  • The_Ashes on February 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    FICA!!! hope you're reading this, our fan base is enough in and outside Bangladesh to drive Bangladesh Cricket forward GOOD LUCK!!! :)

  • spiritoflegend on February 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Expect more mature behavior from the overseas players coz ur premature statement creates false propaganda and helps some idle people to alive suddenly.

  • Third_Gear on February 3, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    When Shah complained wrongly it came as lead report in the the front page but when he admits he mistake why it does not come to the front page as lead NEWS ????????

  • British_North_America on February 3, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    CrICkeeet, I know you are a Pakistani fan.You are now talking against Tim May because he spoke against PSL.Stop acting like a BPL fan.

  • TheBlackMonk on February 3, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I'm really excited to see how local boys are chipping in almost in every game. I feel like sometimes it's better not to have star players in a team as locals feel the responsibilities and try to contribute. Fielding was a real concern in first season, but this time I feel like watching Jhoty Rhodes fielding in every game. This is the real spirit of the game and will continue till the end. Best of Luck!

  • Shihabshaheen on February 2, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Every overseas player got money last year, every overseas player will get money this year as well...So chill...!! BPL is on Track..!!

  • Barry91 on February 2, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    How about Abdul razzaq n shakib hasan who also faced the same problems????.. .no proper organisation ..hope they correct it n lead bpl a successful one

  • IndiaNumeroUno on February 2, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Well done BPL.... all the best!!

  • Captainman on February 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Nothing wrong with weaker Cricket teams holding their own T20 tournament, FICA seriously has a problem with it. My advise to BCB is its your league be realistic, with good planning and organisation so not only BPL will be of a success but these negative issues BPL got will stay away.

  • sportofpain on February 2, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh, BCB and BPL! This shows integrity. As an Indian fan I can only wish you the very best. Owais, you should now become and advocate of BPL - at least that way you can make up for the false propoganda that was spread after your unfortunately premature statement.

  • Energetic. on February 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Got to feel for these jealous critics of BPL that a minnow team have their own franchise league and has done wonders for our cricketers especially the regular ones. With all these retirements of players of other teams while our ones are not only young but getting so much experience now and becoming more wise and mature, Bangladesh Cricket will beat them.

  • visionbangladesh1 on February 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    waiting to see mr. May's insight regarding this matter. :)

  • Warm_Coffee on February 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    BCB are being realistic now it looks to me. You can't hand out that big of money all of it until the revenue and that comes in from BPL. These things take a while but as long as BCB can manage this properly and all that then we shouldn't complain.

    These smaller T20 leagues are good for Cricket whether we like it or not. It has evolved T20 tremendously since its inception in 03. Its fun exciting Cricket for fans and allows players that may not be of star quality or have celebrity status to learn, gain experience and earn very good money which many boards are unable to give to their players. In the end no complaints.

    Other fans relating to these articles hiding as usual but I'm in a good mood and too nice to mention their names :)

  • TwohedulAzam on February 2, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Hope this will shut the critics off...and i guess those of the pakistani fans who criticized strongly will take back their words...in regard to TIm May i do have to say anything as my fellow fans have alredy dealt with that...Bpl rocks...

  • RidwanHossain on February 2, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Very unprofessional, Shah. I was expecting better from you.

  • Baundele on February 2, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Thanks for the update. Hope FICA will also correct their statements full of rumor.

  • A.Awal on February 2, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    BPL is rocking, everybody welcome to have the excitement of BPL. Welcome to see the first Day Night 1st class match after BPL.

  • CrICkeeet on February 2, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Now WHAT wil FICA do? they should giv a statement now....... otherwise it'l b proved dat FICA'S comments were intentional against Bangladesh...

  • A.Awal on February 2, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    BPL is Rocking. It will be the best professional league in ASIA. BCB already arrange and completed the third round of 1st Class Franchise base longer version tournament before BPL and everybody welcome to see the first ever day night longer version final in CHANNEL 9 after BPL.

  • CrICkeeet on February 2, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    NOW BCB Should take action against TIM MAY....

  • TheRisingTeam on February 2, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Hello! Tim May talk nah :)

  • TheRisingTeam on February 2, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Its important though that BPL is properly managed because it will obviously become a success. We already have reached on one of our two main BPL pages on Facebook more than a 100,000 likes the second highest of all T20 leagues within just 1 year since the creation of BPL and many people especially Bangladeshi's in UK and Ireland are tuning in and elsewhere. By planning and managing BPL, there will be less controversies and if this season goes well on and off then we can expand BPL i.e. to more cities so that more locals get to see their home team and flock in numbers etc. The format structure of the competition is fantastic 7 teams round robin with play-off and so far, all teams from top to bottom are in a chance to progress so it can work BPL correctly. Fans of other teams don't worry about them, they're just worried and jealous that a minnow team can have their own franchise based league and it improves our cricketers by giving them so much confidence something out team lacked.

  • Pickpocket on February 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I'm not satisfied of this feedback from cricinfo. This should be more highlighted with a comment of Mr. May. A player just complain will not get paid from his own mistakes. But whole of the Nation feel an embrassing situation. Now we r on the way & feel some sort of freedom against the claim. I always expect from cricinfo a constructive news & emphasize on positive news also in Bd aspect, Becoz we a emerging nation of cricket.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 2, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Owais Shah dont say things before deadlines , finally u have clarified u got your money or next BPL we would have said: 'bye bye overseas'

  • Alimul-Ahsan on February 2, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Hello, Shah, how easy it is to tell anything nonsense against BCB, isn't it? If it was IPL, you would never think about it. Because, they must took an action & might not enlist you for the next year. Where is the "BCCI agent" May? Which overseas player remained unpaid last year? Paying overseas players has to go through a process which takes time & whereas BCB itself will pay taking money from franchises, what's your problem ? Hasn't IPL any payment debate ? Why don't you spend your "valuable" time there?

  • Moy_Jeb on February 2, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Good to see that, this year BPL is well structured and rectifying the mistakes they in the first edition. I'm happy to the chittagong crowds, they are wonderful.

    Lets see if FICA has any comment to make on this. If FICA doesn't have anything to say this time, then I don't know who they representing here.

    If FICA keep doing this, then they should be abandon from making any comment on players payment or the security concern they have in Pakistan.

  • saifur.raffael on February 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Its ok Mr. Shah, keep on playing BPL. So no boycotting BPL Mr. Tim May. Hope BPL teams will pay the other 75% on time just like this to vanish the tag of unprofessionalism.

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on February 2, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    there you go with the clarification. "no mercy" attitude towards Bangladesh Cricket should be changed. People from around the world should support them. Remember, they are an emerging side and a huge cricket loving country.

  • Energetic. on February 2, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    haha just look how quickly already the other Payment issue articles from a few days are right down the bottom in Cricinfo section so no one will see nice try. Good to see teams like Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies etc getting thrashed now like a minnow team lool!!this is the year where Bangladesh will officially remove that tag once and for all beware teams like Sri Lanka, New Zealand etc especially New Zealand where we will prepare turning tracks your worst nightmare and another Banglawash and show who the new minnows are good luck! :D :) :P

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on February 2, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    unprofessional behavior from a professional player. As likely said "premature reaction".

  • ExtremeSpeed on February 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Also BPL 2 is finally rocking with fantastic matches and full crowds so good luck haters BPL is for us Bangladeshi's to enjoy with all teams still in contention for play-offs and expected to exceed way beyond the first edition :P

  • ExtremeSpeed on February 2, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    People need to understand that yes 25% was supposed to be paid before the tournament but don't forget the last minute pull puts by 30 mammoth Pakistani players so obviously there will be issues and Bangladesh had to replace them so these paperwork stuff will take a while and cannot be rushed.

  • kabe_ag7 on February 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    People are quick to take advantage of the stereotype of an inefficient 3rd world country, where they might show more patience otherwise.

  • Khaled_Shahed on February 2, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    That's great to hear. I hope this time there won't be any payment issues and BCB will demonstrate that they have learned their lessons from first BPL's mess. I am waiting for Tim May's comments and appology.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 2, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Well I'm glad its all confirmed officially but still I hope BCB can be you know 'professional' because Cricket is a major world sport and you don't want to give it a bad name. I think some fans of other teams were a bit desperate! lol so please don't speak if you have no knowledge on things like economics, transactions etc and how it works in different parts of the world. Trust me, there will be many more BPLs good luck! :P

  • raselataul on February 2, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    That's excellent concern..Just hats off to Bangladesh Cricket Board.That's really great the way they are showing their responsibility for every single player..from this point i think so in future nobody will hesitate to come for playing BPL..

  • raselataul on February 2, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    That's excellent concern..Just hats off to Bangladesh Cricket Board.That's really great the way they are showing their responsibility for every single player..from this point i think so in future nobody will hesitate to come for playing BPL..

  • TheRisingTeam on February 2, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Well I'm glad its all confirmed officially but still I hope BCB can be you know 'professional' because Cricket is a major world sport and you don't want to give it a bad name. I think some fans of other teams were a bit desperate! lol so please don't speak if you have no knowledge on things like economics, transactions etc and how it works in different parts of the world. Trust me, there will be many more BPLs good luck! :P

  • Khaled_Shahed on February 2, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    That's great to hear. I hope this time there won't be any payment issues and BCB will demonstrate that they have learned their lessons from first BPL's mess. I am waiting for Tim May's comments and appology.

  • kabe_ag7 on February 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    People are quick to take advantage of the stereotype of an inefficient 3rd world country, where they might show more patience otherwise.

  • ExtremeSpeed on February 2, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    People need to understand that yes 25% was supposed to be paid before the tournament but don't forget the last minute pull puts by 30 mammoth Pakistani players so obviously there will be issues and Bangladesh had to replace them so these paperwork stuff will take a while and cannot be rushed.

  • ExtremeSpeed on February 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Also BPL 2 is finally rocking with fantastic matches and full crowds so good luck haters BPL is for us Bangladeshi's to enjoy with all teams still in contention for play-offs and expected to exceed way beyond the first edition :P

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on February 2, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    unprofessional behavior from a professional player. As likely said "premature reaction".

  • Energetic. on February 2, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    haha just look how quickly already the other Payment issue articles from a few days are right down the bottom in Cricinfo section so no one will see nice try. Good to see teams like Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies etc getting thrashed now like a minnow team lool!!this is the year where Bangladesh will officially remove that tag once and for all beware teams like Sri Lanka, New Zealand etc especially New Zealand where we will prepare turning tracks your worst nightmare and another Banglawash and show who the new minnows are good luck! :D :) :P

  • Ziad.DU.Banking on February 2, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    there you go with the clarification. "no mercy" attitude towards Bangladesh Cricket should be changed. People from around the world should support them. Remember, they are an emerging side and a huge cricket loving country.

  • saifur.raffael on February 2, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Its ok Mr. Shah, keep on playing BPL. So no boycotting BPL Mr. Tim May. Hope BPL teams will pay the other 75% on time just like this to vanish the tag of unprofessionalism.