Indian Cricket League September 14, 2008

BCB receives retirement letters from six players

Cricinfo staff
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Cash bash: Players like Habibul Bashar, the former Bangladesh captain, are likely to receive $200,000 each on signing the three-year ICL contracts © AFP
 

Six Bangladesh players - Habibul Bashar, Aftab Ahmed, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Dhiman Ghosh and Mosharraf Hossain - have informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board they intend to retire from international and domestic cricket. The news, announced by the BCB, follows a report in the Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo which said 14 players, including the six mentioned above, were set to join the Indian Cricket League. ICL officials contacted by Cricinfo said nothing had been finalised as yet.

The report said the players will represent the Dhaka Warriors in the ICL. Besides the six, those named include current internationals Alok Kapali and Nazimuddin, four players who represented Bangladesh previously - Mohammad Rafique (now retired), Tapash Baisya, Manjarul Islam and Mohammad Sharif, and Golam Mabud and Mahbubul Karim, currently touring Sri Lanka with the Bangladesh Academy team.

If such an exodus does take place the effect on Bangladesh's cricket could be disastrous; the ICL is not recognised by the ICC and players appearing in its tournaments are liable to be banned from all top-class cricket. In effect, Bangladesh would have to create a national side almost from scratch. The report quotes some of the cricketers as claiming their contracts would have a clause releasing them for national duty.

The BCB said the players hadn't stated a reason for their retirement announcement and expressed "concern at the abrupt decision by so many players to retire from the game". Aftab, Nafees, Reza, Ghosh and Mosharraf have been part of Bangladesh's recent teams while Bashar, Bangladesh's most successful captain, last played in February. The six have been summoned by the board on Tuesday to explain their decision.

The report suggests the main reason for the players risking their international careers is money. Those playing for the national team are expected to pocket around $200,000 each after signing the three-year contracts, several times what they can ever expect to earn while playing for Bangladesh; the academy players will receive $30,000 each.

That kind of money is a rarity in Bangladeshi cricket but is more common in the IPL; however, only one Bangladesh player is currently in the IPL - Abdur Razzak, who signed up with the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

The plan for a Bangladesh team in the ICL had first been floated last year, soon after formation of a similar team in Pakistan called Lahore Badshahs, captained by Inzamam ul-Haq. The Bangladesh captain, Mohammad Ashraful, told Prothom Alo he had been approached by the ICL to form a team but had turned down the offer.

When contacted by Cricinfo, Kiran More, a member of the ICL's executive board, said no formal agreement had been reached. "We are currently in the state of discussion with a few Bangladeshi players but nothing has been finalised yet." He, however, declined to reveal the names of the players with whom the ICL was in touch.

The new ICL season will begin on October 10, featuring 34 matches across four venues in India.

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  • schak82 on September 16, 2008, 12:26 GMT

    Being a cricket lover I have been dismayed at the IPL/ICL struggle. But these Bangladesh players, along with the 'Columbo Comets' may have just resolved the problems. If they target different niches then and they can be run at different times in the year, then there is no problem. For Bangladesh to lose so much talent is distressing but at the same time you still have to worry about their position in the member countries. On the balance of things this cannot be a good thing, but it still has a chance of not being a bad thing. Jamie Siddons is a strong fighter and if he can instill that into the players who replace the leavers, then nothing is lost...

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on September 16, 2008, 9:53 GMT

    What next ? Players from UAE & Canada ? Any tournament or league, which has even a minor consideration for standard of cricket, will never invite Bangladeshi cricketers. If there are any international standard cricketers in Bangladesh then they are Tamim Iqbal & Shahriar Nafees. Rest all including Bashars & Ashrafuls are such poor cricketers that it makes you wonder how lucky Bdesh cricketers are to play international cricketers. If Bdesh really wants to uplift their cricket then they should send their national teams to play in Ranji Trophy or similar tournaments. Although i have no doubt that in no time they will be relegated to plate division in Ranji.

  • 9ST9 on September 15, 2008, 14:21 GMT

    If the ICL starts creating ''national'' sides, the ICC is in for a shock:Lahore Badshahs,Dhaka Warriors,add 'Colombo Comets' and teams representing the other test nations,the ICL would become a rebel World League.See the impact the Lahore Badshahs had on the ICL,a massive Pakisani audience supported it. The Dhaka Warriors would be backed by a horde of Bangladeshi fans.The ICL would be well on their way.

  • drinks.break on September 15, 2008, 12:50 GMT

    I was fascinated to read this article after having read Ian Chappell's article just the other day ("Less glamour, more competition"). Chappell showed amazing foresight when he said this:

    "Despite Bangladesh's current lowly playing status, ironically they have a huge asset. Their vote at the ICC is coveted. If the ICL were to sign a Bangladesh team for their competition it would create an enormous dilemma for traditional administrators. Would they be prepared to let a Bangladesh third-string side flounder for the sake of the precious vote or would they see sense and come to the negotiating table with the ICL? Any show of common sense would only be beneficial to the game. It could serve as the conduit to bring the ICL into the official fold so that the player pool is boosted and the overall international standard improved. Such an outcome would be worth suffering a bit of short-term pain."

    Let's hope he's right and the stupid and counterproductive ICL/IPL war is stopped.

  • sohel3csedu on September 15, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    this is all about the future of the cricket of bangladesh.cricket the most popular game in bangladesh is in great danger for last couple of years.icc should think about this sort of icl activities.it is a burning question for the icc cricket.i think not only BCB but also ICC should take some steps to motivate and contract player so that the should not play for ICL.

    so please help bangladesh cricket...

  • kaushiq on September 15, 2008, 12:32 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi i am happy that this 14 players decided not to play for Bangladesh anymore. These players play for money and have no passion for the game or pride for their country. Now at least some person who is a cricket by heart will get the chance to represent their country and fight for their pride. Dhiman Ghosh whose international career is only 6 months, how can he say he joined ICL because he career was uncertain? this shows his commitment level. Shame on the 14 players. this shame is 100 times more than the losing streak of Bangladesh.

  • Saibaskar on September 15, 2008, 11:35 GMT

    Lionel Messi almost missed playing for Argentina in this year's olympics because his club felt if he incurs any injury then their 'investment' is in trouble. There is a serious lesson for cricket in this. While club cricket is good for players yet if it is bound to any national or internatiional cricket body then it is better. ICL was started by a businessman whose ego was bruised by BCCI. Already ICL has conducted an international tournament therby challanging the authority of ICC. I dont mind competition for BCCI or ICC but it has to come from a quarter which is broader than one single businessman. But, the ultimate bottomline is quality and currently ICL lacks the quality that IPL has and the crucial point is ICL definitely lacks quality Indian players. This fact will always peg them back.

  • Nipun on September 15, 2008, 11:33 GMT

    It's so difficult to comment on this article.....You can criticize them saying that these players are not loyal to their country....& at the same time,you feel for them,because it's not every time that these low profile players get a chance like this to earn millions.....all in all,I am not sure how much difference this would make to the Bangladesh team because even when they were in the side,that did not make much difference to the results of Bangladesh cricket.The problem is,once again,as it had happened in 2001-02,Bangladesh would be forced to change the whole structure of their national team.Let's see whether it's for good....Wishing the Bangladesh cricket team best of luck...

  • abir6431 on September 15, 2008, 9:54 GMT

    Bangladeshi players r not losers and they r gonna prove it if they get a chance to play in ICL. they have already proved it in 2007 world cup where they beat countries like india and south africa.

  • riazub on September 15, 2008, 8:59 GMT

    Its high time for ICC to think a bit. If ICL successful with Dhaka Warriors then they will go to some other teams to give them Break! Since money is matter for players then it will not be hard work for ICL to manage teams from each world team. So, I have a suggestion for ICC to recognise ICL & help cricket not to separated.

  • schak82 on September 16, 2008, 12:26 GMT

    Being a cricket lover I have been dismayed at the IPL/ICL struggle. But these Bangladesh players, along with the 'Columbo Comets' may have just resolved the problems. If they target different niches then and they can be run at different times in the year, then there is no problem. For Bangladesh to lose so much talent is distressing but at the same time you still have to worry about their position in the member countries. On the balance of things this cannot be a good thing, but it still has a chance of not being a bad thing. Jamie Siddons is a strong fighter and if he can instill that into the players who replace the leavers, then nothing is lost...

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on September 16, 2008, 9:53 GMT

    What next ? Players from UAE & Canada ? Any tournament or league, which has even a minor consideration for standard of cricket, will never invite Bangladeshi cricketers. If there are any international standard cricketers in Bangladesh then they are Tamim Iqbal & Shahriar Nafees. Rest all including Bashars & Ashrafuls are such poor cricketers that it makes you wonder how lucky Bdesh cricketers are to play international cricketers. If Bdesh really wants to uplift their cricket then they should send their national teams to play in Ranji Trophy or similar tournaments. Although i have no doubt that in no time they will be relegated to plate division in Ranji.

  • 9ST9 on September 15, 2008, 14:21 GMT

    If the ICL starts creating ''national'' sides, the ICC is in for a shock:Lahore Badshahs,Dhaka Warriors,add 'Colombo Comets' and teams representing the other test nations,the ICL would become a rebel World League.See the impact the Lahore Badshahs had on the ICL,a massive Pakisani audience supported it. The Dhaka Warriors would be backed by a horde of Bangladeshi fans.The ICL would be well on their way.

  • drinks.break on September 15, 2008, 12:50 GMT

    I was fascinated to read this article after having read Ian Chappell's article just the other day ("Less glamour, more competition"). Chappell showed amazing foresight when he said this:

    "Despite Bangladesh's current lowly playing status, ironically they have a huge asset. Their vote at the ICC is coveted. If the ICL were to sign a Bangladesh team for their competition it would create an enormous dilemma for traditional administrators. Would they be prepared to let a Bangladesh third-string side flounder for the sake of the precious vote or would they see sense and come to the negotiating table with the ICL? Any show of common sense would only be beneficial to the game. It could serve as the conduit to bring the ICL into the official fold so that the player pool is boosted and the overall international standard improved. Such an outcome would be worth suffering a bit of short-term pain."

    Let's hope he's right and the stupid and counterproductive ICL/IPL war is stopped.

  • sohel3csedu on September 15, 2008, 12:39 GMT

    this is all about the future of the cricket of bangladesh.cricket the most popular game in bangladesh is in great danger for last couple of years.icc should think about this sort of icl activities.it is a burning question for the icc cricket.i think not only BCB but also ICC should take some steps to motivate and contract player so that the should not play for ICL.

    so please help bangladesh cricket...

  • kaushiq on September 15, 2008, 12:32 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi i am happy that this 14 players decided not to play for Bangladesh anymore. These players play for money and have no passion for the game or pride for their country. Now at least some person who is a cricket by heart will get the chance to represent their country and fight for their pride. Dhiman Ghosh whose international career is only 6 months, how can he say he joined ICL because he career was uncertain? this shows his commitment level. Shame on the 14 players. this shame is 100 times more than the losing streak of Bangladesh.

  • Saibaskar on September 15, 2008, 11:35 GMT

    Lionel Messi almost missed playing for Argentina in this year's olympics because his club felt if he incurs any injury then their 'investment' is in trouble. There is a serious lesson for cricket in this. While club cricket is good for players yet if it is bound to any national or internatiional cricket body then it is better. ICL was started by a businessman whose ego was bruised by BCCI. Already ICL has conducted an international tournament therby challanging the authority of ICC. I dont mind competition for BCCI or ICC but it has to come from a quarter which is broader than one single businessman. But, the ultimate bottomline is quality and currently ICL lacks the quality that IPL has and the crucial point is ICL definitely lacks quality Indian players. This fact will always peg them back.

  • Nipun on September 15, 2008, 11:33 GMT

    It's so difficult to comment on this article.....You can criticize them saying that these players are not loyal to their country....& at the same time,you feel for them,because it's not every time that these low profile players get a chance like this to earn millions.....all in all,I am not sure how much difference this would make to the Bangladesh team because even when they were in the side,that did not make much difference to the results of Bangladesh cricket.The problem is,once again,as it had happened in 2001-02,Bangladesh would be forced to change the whole structure of their national team.Let's see whether it's for good....Wishing the Bangladesh cricket team best of luck...

  • abir6431 on September 15, 2008, 9:54 GMT

    Bangladeshi players r not losers and they r gonna prove it if they get a chance to play in ICL. they have already proved it in 2007 world cup where they beat countries like india and south africa.

  • riazub on September 15, 2008, 8:59 GMT

    Its high time for ICC to think a bit. If ICL successful with Dhaka Warriors then they will go to some other teams to give them Break! Since money is matter for players then it will not be hard work for ICL to manage teams from each world team. So, I have a suggestion for ICC to recognise ICL & help cricket not to separated.

  • belu on September 15, 2008, 8:35 GMT

    Come on, let these talented but underachiever players earn some money ! They have played enough for the losing national side. If Bangladesh national side has lost almost every match with these players present in the team, it wont do worse when they are not there. Cricket should be free for professinals, and they should be allowed to earn money by playing cricket. Why do we always talk about national pride in this world when we many a times leave our own countries and work abroad? Asutralia has lost most of their superstar seniors (though by natural course of time), but they can still put up a good fight with any theam in the world. Bangladesh should focus on fostering new players all the time.

  • Vilander on September 15, 2008, 8:34 GMT

    ICL will make further losses....loosers from bangladesh are joining a second cgrade league..what difference would it make nothing BD will still loose all their test matches..

  • Harvinder.S.Rana on September 15, 2008, 7:37 GMT

    Now time has come for ICC to rethink about their decesion, if still it will not change then we will see many more retirement from National's team. Neverthless ICL is also giving opportunities to new upcomers. There are many players who are playing in domestic cricket & no body knows them. If they will join ICL then definaitly they will also get money & fame together. Moreover Mr. Lalit Modi has cleared that they will not sign any contract with retired players ( in case of Andrew Symonds ), then how can IPL/BCCI claims that they respect senior players. Is it the way of respect??????

  • SHANTIRATNAM on September 15, 2008, 7:13 GMT

    ICL vs BCCI is a domestic issue in India, the way I see it (ICL) is another avenue for cricketers to play more competitive cricket and also earn more money. As a professional, a crickter is bound by the law where he could only represent one country, this is where its goverened by the ICC through BCCI. I cannot belive that the ICC is dancing so much to the tune of BCCI and spoiling the future of the game, already we have lost so many good young players. The players must stand up against this case. Those who like to stay with BCCI and make money, must understand that not every PLAYER can make money with BCCI even if they did not join ICL. So the players who are lucky and with BCCI making money must protest against the BCCI for putting players with ICL in trouble for marketing and business reasons. If players with IPL cancel their IPL contract unless they are given the flexibility to play both ICL,IPL and for for the country. BCCI will then face the fix.

  • Gilliana on September 15, 2008, 4:51 GMT

    In a world where money is everything, who cares for honour and fame. Money will always come before cricket especially in a country like Bangladesh where the cricket board is struggling to sustain itself and there are no businesses or corporates rich enough that can afford to pay for endorsements and advertisements to these that want to call it a day. They are professional cricketers and everyone of them is a free man and his own agent. If they want to join the ICL for a few seasons and make enough money to live comfortably ever after, so be it. Bangladesh must not look back but build a team from here.

  • AMRUTH on September 15, 2008, 3:11 GMT

    I think it's high time that ICL is given recognition. What illegal is it doing for Cricket. In fact more than BCCI it is ICL which is giving the right platform for youngsters to show their talents. Remember it is ICL which first started the 20/20 League. Modi just copied their format and got all the unnecessary credit.

    It won't make any sense if talented players are just playing for the sake of playing and money in ICL.

    Suggest that a signature campaign or poll should be conducted and I bet ICL will win hands down.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on September 14, 2008, 22:11 GMT

    I have followed the Banglas from afar, and cheered their occasional but meaningful successes on the world stage. I paid some attention to the national side's recent disappointments in Darwin. What the 14 players have done is perhaps the most important contribution the Tigers have ever made to international cricket. It lays down a marker to the ICC that will demand their attention, not only regarding the needlessly maligned ICL (which appears to be no threat whatsover to the IPL or any other T20 league, and could serve as a useful "minor league"), but much more importantly whether international cricket will be a genuine global growth field. With talk of new frontiers in China and the USA, not to mention Olympics, the "revolt of the minnows" will take centre stage. What a drama!

  • Ashique129 on September 14, 2008, 21:18 GMT

    When will the ICC and other boards stop being the shameless dancers to the BCCI tunes? How about telling BCCI to stop calling shots on what is legal and what isn't? Who gave them this right? Money? ICC was supposed to be the regulators, the guardians of this amazing game of cricket. And yet, it's BCCI that educates the cricket world their own filthy version of right and wrong while ICC sitting idle and obeying BCCI's orders. I am glad that these Bangladeshi players are thinking about their future. They are professionals; they are supposed to go to leagues where they can earn more. Nobody can stop them from this right to choose. I am failing to understand whether there is any international employment law involved to protect players from tyrannical boards like BCCI and shameless gate-keepers like ICC. Personally, I think enough is enough and BCCI and ICC should be taken to court to be taught a lesson when billions of dollars make one feel like God. Where is Shane Bond?

  • enayet on September 14, 2008, 19:39 GMT

    This is shocking and mind-boggling news to me. I couldn't believe my own eyes when I read the news in a bengali newspaper. I am still finding it difficult to swallow the news. What made them make that decision to retire from all forms of the international cricket? Is it money or anything else? It is true that all of them are going to get a colossal amount of money by featuring in the rebel league of ICL. But that can no way be the bigger motivation for them than playing for own country. Can I not say that these players always played for their country for money? National pride wasn't the primary thing for them ever. They will not hesitate for a moment to sell their national pride at bargain prices.

  • Ravs443 on September 14, 2008, 17:50 GMT

    It is high time, ICL is recogonised and ICC puts a stop to all the bullying tactics adopted by BCCI. What is a harm if another league is run parallel to IPL. It only bodes well for cricket and gives opportunity to players to make some money and improve their skills. ICL needs to be recogonised.

  • nayeem_canada on September 14, 2008, 17:45 GMT

    This is big news for all Bangladeshi. But then how can we blame all this players, by taking part of ICL! They are offering huge sum of money to each player to play ICL, how can a player say no to this amount of money. Even in domestic cricket Bangladesh, these players don't even make that much money playing in their whole life. It's a dream come true for this players. I am happy for each of them that they are taking part of ICL, because this will improved skills and learn more out of it. The sad part is that, whatever they will learn from ICL, they won't be able to use that knowledge in Bangladesh's XI games. But ICC need to look at this as learning process for Bangladesh's players and let them play for Bangladesh, instant of banning each players. They shouldn't be calling retiring taking part to ICL.ICC must look in to this seriously in to this players by joining ICL. All this are world class players, and they must not be ignored.bangladesh need to spend more money on player's n coach

  • Vkarthik on September 14, 2008, 16:50 GMT

    It is sad 6 world class talents are leaving. Now BD will drop down in their rankings. But they have enough talent to fulfill the shoes of legends like Aftab, Diman Gosh.

  • inswing on September 14, 2008, 15:55 GMT

    This is great because it will put more pressure on BCCI to recognize ICL. BCCI essentially wants to operate like a mafia by crushing all legitimate competition. If BCCI were a private league, they have the right to do what they please -- they can prevent players who played in league X from playing in BCCI tournaments. But they are not a private company, they are supposed to be looking after country's best cricketing interest. They simply have no right to ban players who play somewhere else in their off time. There is no way BCCI can argue that ICL is harming cricket in any way, because ICL is doing exactly what BCCI is doing: paying players good money to play. The BCCI ban on players to play for their country if they play for ICL is illegal and unfair. The greater the number of good players signing up for ICL, the more it becomes clear how unreasonable the illegal BCCI bullying is. If ICL players can be recognized to save Bangladesh cricket, that will be the best. Else, sue BCCI.

  • NakibAhmed on September 14, 2008, 15:47 GMT

    Insult to injury,that's the first thing that came to my mind after hearing this outrageous news about my country's cricket team.What type of a stunt is the ICL trying to make here?No wonder they are banned,they are persuading these young players to turn their backs on their country in the name of money,its obvious that these young players would try to make some more easy money.I actually used to support the ICL,now I will never watch it again,they are run by sick money-making entrepreneurs who are ruining the future of a country's cricket's future just to make money out of it.

  • kingofspain on September 14, 2008, 15:40 GMT

    Hasn't anyone noticed that 20/20 is formulaic, contrived and boring? This bubble is going to burst sooner or later.

  • cairo on September 14, 2008, 15:07 GMT

    Really this is a very sad news for bagladeshi cricket in this situation. I think ICC should do something for ICL.

  • Pete271 on September 14, 2008, 15:03 GMT

    This will actually be good for Cricket, Bangladesh has been a lousy team for the last 3-4 years strugling to compete with the Test playing Nations. ICC should use this player exodus as a reason to relegate them back to the Associate group and play with Kenya , UAE and others for a few more years.... Sounds unreasonable but they have been a very boring team going down for the last few years

  • Anthony on September 14, 2008, 14:43 GMT

    This is great! Hopefully from this the ICC starts to acknowlege the IPL and allows players back onto the international scene. for cricket standards to rise these players from around the globe need to be allowed the play for their countries! For example NZ have lost Shane Bond, Hamish Marshall, Lou Vincent, etc. from pakistan players such as Naved-ul-hasan, jamshed, hameed, etc. Players from india, england and even australia have decided to cut short their careers for the ICL. So because of this our national teams have dropped in standards. please wake up ICC and put your stubborness aside and allow standards of international cricket to improve!

  • Polorky on September 14, 2008, 14:14 GMT

    This is absolutely disastrous for Bangladeshi cricket. As one comment below suggests this might be good for the players involved (nobody can blame them for trying to improve their financial situation) but these players cannot now play internationally so the Bangladesh national team will be weakened more than it already is. Another comment suggests recognition of the ICL which would be the ideal situation but the BCCI care too much about their money to let it happen. But something needs to be done because this along with Sri Lanka's player's reluctance to tour England next year s is beginning to show what everybody feared, namely the degradation of the international game by big money domestic competitions. If the ICC don't do anything Test matches could become sideshows.

  • Tahsinul on September 14, 2008, 14:11 GMT

    To help the development of cricket in Bangladesh I think these players should be given a chance to play in these conditions, especially looking at Bangladesh's own domestic cricket which is not of a particularly high standard. These players I think will improve their abilities be joining the ICL. But players should not as far as retiring completely from international cricket, because this shows they've been bought by greed and would prefer money over the greatest honour of playing for your country

  • Radomir on September 14, 2008, 14:00 GMT

    i agree with both comments. The ICC need to help the minor teams as much as possible especially Bangladesh. The ICC themselves need to start pumping money into the Bangladesh cricket grassroot level and the Bangladesh governement and governing board over cricket need to get cricket promoted and start advertising for it etc. Get more kids from schools and start paying the club and state players more. Grab some good coaches from down under or from England and start getting some good players out there.

  • Felixrsv on September 14, 2008, 13:52 GMT

    Unless the ICC decides to approve the ICL as an official tournament, this will turn out to be a huge disaster for the already struggling Bangladesh Cricket Team.

    Like it is mentioned in the article, Bangladesh will have to convert their A team into their National Team. Which means they have to start from scratch again.

    If this is the beggining of a new trend, then we might see 'Harare Hunters' and 'Kenyan Kricketers' along with the 'Dhaka Warriors' :)

  • ruby_alaska on September 14, 2008, 13:26 GMT

    You can't blame them for the chance to earn especially Bashar at this stage of career. It would be very unfortunate for Bangladesh cricket to lose Dhiman Ghosh who kept and batted so well against Australia. Also Aftab is very promising if only he could stop getting out when he's heading for a big score. But really there's no good reason why the ICL should not be recognised instead of ruling them out of internationals, just so that the BCCI can make money.

  • KingKallis on September 14, 2008, 13:08 GMT

    Well said Nahid!

    All major teams who cant compete financially have lost some top class players cause of this. ICC should arrange a meeting between BCCI, ZEE Management and give recognization to ICL to save the real Cricket!

  • ladycricfan on September 14, 2008, 12:44 GMT

    Domestic competitions need talented youngsters as well as experienced cricketers. They should be made aware their value to the domestic structure and be discouraged from joining unauthorized, silly leagues.

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on September 14, 2008, 11:59 GMT

    This a suicide decision...players playing for ICL is not allowed to play for national team.If these talented players left the team & run for money.The Bangladesh team will become weakest from weaker.Veteran cricketers like Habibul Bashar & Mohammad Rafique can join IPL.As they r not playing for the country any more.But youngstars should not join them.If they join ICL they will be banned.100% sure.

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on September 14, 2008, 9:18 GMT

    i guess it makes sense for bdesh cricketers like S Nafeez & A Kapali to join ICL because inspite of being 2 of the better batsmen of Bdesh, they are often kept out of XI as their insecured & overhyped captain Ashraful doesn't want them to play. Both are far better than an average batsman like Ashraful.

    But this move will have a terrible affect on ICL as just like other regular ICC's cricket tournaments there would be many one sided matches with no viewership in ICL. That's the incidental cost that always come with Bdesh team. They are just not good enough to compete with international teams.

  • nahid1024 on September 14, 2008, 8:59 GMT

    Given the delicate situation of international cricket surrounding many countries, particularly the economically less fortunate countries and how important their ICC vote counts, it would be better for all if ICC recognizes the ICL because frankly nobody has harmed by the tournament barring the differences of opinion between members of BCCI and the ZEE magnates. For the love of the game and future growth of the sport ICC should move forward and embrace the ICL.

  • rohanbala on September 14, 2008, 8:39 GMT

    Excellent opportunity for the Bangladesh Cricketers... Their Board should not hesitate to release their players to play for ICL. Their players will not only be monetarily benefited, but also have the opportunity to play alongside other International stars which will help them immensely..

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  • rohanbala on September 14, 2008, 8:39 GMT

    Excellent opportunity for the Bangladesh Cricketers... Their Board should not hesitate to release their players to play for ICL. Their players will not only be monetarily benefited, but also have the opportunity to play alongside other International stars which will help them immensely..

  • nahid1024 on September 14, 2008, 8:59 GMT

    Given the delicate situation of international cricket surrounding many countries, particularly the economically less fortunate countries and how important their ICC vote counts, it would be better for all if ICC recognizes the ICL because frankly nobody has harmed by the tournament barring the differences of opinion between members of BCCI and the ZEE magnates. For the love of the game and future growth of the sport ICC should move forward and embrace the ICL.

  • Davesh_cricket_analyst on September 14, 2008, 9:18 GMT

    i guess it makes sense for bdesh cricketers like S Nafeez & A Kapali to join ICL because inspite of being 2 of the better batsmen of Bdesh, they are often kept out of XI as their insecured & overhyped captain Ashraful doesn't want them to play. Both are far better than an average batsman like Ashraful.

    But this move will have a terrible affect on ICL as just like other regular ICC's cricket tournaments there would be many one sided matches with no viewership in ICL. That's the incidental cost that always come with Bdesh team. They are just not good enough to compete with international teams.

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on September 14, 2008, 11:59 GMT

    This a suicide decision...players playing for ICL is not allowed to play for national team.If these talented players left the team & run for money.The Bangladesh team will become weakest from weaker.Veteran cricketers like Habibul Bashar & Mohammad Rafique can join IPL.As they r not playing for the country any more.But youngstars should not join them.If they join ICL they will be banned.100% sure.

  • ladycricfan on September 14, 2008, 12:44 GMT

    Domestic competitions need talented youngsters as well as experienced cricketers. They should be made aware their value to the domestic structure and be discouraged from joining unauthorized, silly leagues.

  • KingKallis on September 14, 2008, 13:08 GMT

    Well said Nahid!

    All major teams who cant compete financially have lost some top class players cause of this. ICC should arrange a meeting between BCCI, ZEE Management and give recognization to ICL to save the real Cricket!

  • ruby_alaska on September 14, 2008, 13:26 GMT

    You can't blame them for the chance to earn especially Bashar at this stage of career. It would be very unfortunate for Bangladesh cricket to lose Dhiman Ghosh who kept and batted so well against Australia. Also Aftab is very promising if only he could stop getting out when he's heading for a big score. But really there's no good reason why the ICL should not be recognised instead of ruling them out of internationals, just so that the BCCI can make money.

  • Felixrsv on September 14, 2008, 13:52 GMT

    Unless the ICC decides to approve the ICL as an official tournament, this will turn out to be a huge disaster for the already struggling Bangladesh Cricket Team.

    Like it is mentioned in the article, Bangladesh will have to convert their A team into their National Team. Which means they have to start from scratch again.

    If this is the beggining of a new trend, then we might see 'Harare Hunters' and 'Kenyan Kricketers' along with the 'Dhaka Warriors' :)

  • Radomir on September 14, 2008, 14:00 GMT

    i agree with both comments. The ICC need to help the minor teams as much as possible especially Bangladesh. The ICC themselves need to start pumping money into the Bangladesh cricket grassroot level and the Bangladesh governement and governing board over cricket need to get cricket promoted and start advertising for it etc. Get more kids from schools and start paying the club and state players more. Grab some good coaches from down under or from England and start getting some good players out there.

  • Tahsinul on September 14, 2008, 14:11 GMT

    To help the development of cricket in Bangladesh I think these players should be given a chance to play in these conditions, especially looking at Bangladesh's own domestic cricket which is not of a particularly high standard. These players I think will improve their abilities be joining the ICL. But players should not as far as retiring completely from international cricket, because this shows they've been bought by greed and would prefer money over the greatest honour of playing for your country