Bangladesh news May 3, 2017

Mehedi, Taskin land hiked BCB contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mehedi Hasan is one of the four new faces under BCB's new salary scheme, while Mushfiqur Rahim features among the highest paid © AFP

Mehedi Hasan is among the four new faces in the Bangladesh Cricket Board's list of contracted players for 2017, along with other first-timers, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Mosaddek Hossain and Taskin Ahmed. Rubel Hossain has also been included on the list, after missing out in 2016.

Nasir Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain and Arafat Sunny have not been offered a contract. All three have been out of the Bangladesh team for extended periods. Nasir, however, returned to the ODI squad for the Ireland tri-series, having last played the format at home in October.

Mehedi, Rabbi and Taijul Islam have been included in the grade D category and will receive US $15,000 each this year, an increase from the $11,250 awarded to players in the category in the previous contract cycle. Over the past eight months, Mehedi has become a regular member of the Bangladesh side while Taskin and Mosaddek have, this year, appeared in all three formats for the first time in their international careers.

Rubel, Taskin, Mosaddek and Mustafizur Rahman have been slotted a grade higher, and are set to receive $22,500 each. The previous remuneration for players in grade C was $15,000.

Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar have all been classed in Grade B, and will earn $30,000 this year. Mahmudullah is the only player in the list of 16 to be included under grade A, having been handed a demotion from grade A-plus, and he will receive $45,000. Those in grade A-plus will receive $60,000 this year, coupled with an incentive for being a captain or a vice-captain. Among players in this bracket, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza are the highest paid, and will receive $63,000 each. In the last contract cycle, players in the A-plus grade were paid $37,500.

The BCB increased the salary of its contracted players this year after protracted discussions with some of the senior players, who, pointed out that they earn far less than all other Test-playing nations and less than their counterparts in Ireland and Zimbabwe.

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  • cricfan05491702 on May 6, 2017, 3:01 GMT

    I don't agree with BCB on Fizz and Mehedi. I think that both need to be one grade higher.

  • espn84769237 on May 4, 2017, 22:36 GMT

    Nasir should have a contract. Mehedi Hasan , Mosaddek Hossain, & Mustafizur Rahman deserve better

  • BRYCE_CUNNINGHAM on May 4, 2017, 0:42 GMT

    Yes Sabbir has gone cold and Nasir is much better.

  • TheCowCorner on May 3, 2017, 21:28 GMT

    Another prove that BCB is a joke. It should be sorted according to performance, and how much impact one brings into the game. Ridiculous they handed better contract to the seniors, and junior performers like Fizz, Miraz considered equal to someone like Rabbi. Absolutely absurd.

  • riyad bdcricket fan on May 3, 2017, 17:06 GMT

    I don't know why Taskin is being chosen here. He is an expensive bowler and should be out of the team

  • SamWintson92 on May 3, 2017, 15:25 GMT

    The problem with Fizz is that he comes from a remote area and he doesn't actually know that he is a superstar & he deserves more. Folks are trying to exploit and deceive him.

  • SamWintson92 on May 3, 2017, 15:22 GMT

    If I were Mustafiz, I would have refused the contract like Darren Bravo & opt as a freelance T20 player unless I were given the right contract. Mustafiz deserves A+. Seriously Soumya ahead of Mustafiz ?

  • Manik_mia on May 3, 2017, 12:03 GMT

    I am happy that 5 pacers are contracted and also Rabbi is one of them. Mash may leave by next year and another pacer should get contract when he does.

  • Sid-LDN on May 3, 2017, 10:32 GMT

    Mustafiz gets grade c and soumya gets grade b contract? There should be a switching between them.

  • SamWintson92 on May 3, 2017, 10:22 GMT

    Mustafizur in grade C ? How ? He should have been in top category.

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