Afridi hints at BPL player payment issue
The issue of player payments in the Bangladesh Premier League was brought up at the end of the Comilla Victorians - Sylhet Super Stars game, with Mashrafe Mortaza and Shahid Afridi giving contrasting versions. While Comilla's Mashrafe indicated that all payments to his team-mates were made on time, Afridi, who plays for Sylhet, said that some players told him about their dues.
The BPL's policy, like the 2013 edition, is to clear 50% of all player payments before the tournament begins, 25% during the tournament, and the rest within one month of the tournament's final, which in this case will be January 15, 2016.
Mashrafe said that the Comilla franchise had made 75% of the player payments before the due date of December 11. "All members of our team were paid 75% of the money," Mashrafe said. "They were supposed to pay us by December 11, they paid us last night. As far as I know, the foreign players have been paid in full though there might be one or two issues. We have no complaints about payment since we got it last night."
Afridi, however, said that some players, without mentioning their names, had told him that they had not received any payments. Nonetheless, he welcomed the BPL and said that if the payment issues were cleared, the tournament would attract more players.
"At the moment some of the other players mentioned they didn't get paid yet," Afridi said. "The cricket board this time took a responsibility and I must give credit to the BPL and the Bangladesh Cricket Board. They organized this tournament well, and I personally enjoyed it. If they sorted out the problems with the guys, money-wise, hopefully each and every player will come from anywhere and enjoy the BPL."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84