Indian Cricket League September 17, 2008

Bangladesh bans ICL recruits for 10 years

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Habibul Bashar, who was named captain of the ICL's Dhaka Warriors, has been banned for ten years by the Bangladesh board © AFP
 

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a ten-year ban for 13 of its top cricketers for joining the unauthorised ICL, and is now hoping that the IPL and the Champions Twenty20 League will help it revive and boost the game in the country.

An emergency meeting of the board on Wednesday afternoon decided to ban "players, officials and technical staff of the BCB who participate in events not authorised by the ICC and BCB". A press release said the board was examining legal technicalities "for taking appropriate proceedings" against the ICL players and has also decided to "review the existing format of the contracts with players to discourage such abrupt action by cricketers in the future".

Ahmed Sajjadul Alam, a BCB executive board member who was part of the meeting, told Cricinfo that the ICL ban would act as a "deterrent" and set an example "in the interests of Bangladesh cricket". He also termed suggestions that the country's Test status would be affected by the exodus as "terribly unfair", and claimed it had adequate replacements to ensure that New Zealand, who are visiting this month, is "in for a surprise".

Admitting that Bangladesh will have to "accept the reality and move on", Alam said: "We now hope that one of our teams will be able to participate in the Champions League in another year or so, and that will be a huge boost for the country and its players. In fact we have received some kind of an assurance from IPL officials that they would look at recruiting more of our players so that they don't feel left out financially. We are also in touch with other cricketing boards on how they can help us."

Abdur Razzak, the left-arm spinner, is the only Bangladesh player currently in the IPL and was signed up by Bangalore Royal Challengers for US$50,000. Although national boards don't get a share of IPL revenues, they will receive a significant sum for participating in the Champions Twenty20 along with a separate participation fee for their domestic Twenty20 champion teams that are invited. The Champions League is hoping to expand from eight teams this year to 12 in 2009.

Alam, who also heads the BCB's media committee, said an example had been set in the interests of Bangladesh cricket. "We want this ban, which is in line with the ICC's policy on unauthorised cricket, to act as a firm deterrent for others."

Alam said that allegations from some of the ICL recruits that they were mistreated by the BCB were "ridiculous" and added, "These players should be honest and admit openly they did this just for the money. That's the main reason. Why can't they be forthright about it? These players have let down their country and its people and opted to join a commercial venture which will benefit a group of individuals and nobody else.

"There have been demonstrations and meetings here by fans who feel cheated by these players," Alam said. "We have received so many phone calls from fans expressing disgust at what these players have done. These are cricket lovers who have sacrificed a lot for the game; people who have thronged the stadiums to watch these players play; who have paid money to do that - money that has gone into the development and upbringing of these players."

The 13 Bangladesh players who signed up for the ICL will be part of the Dhaka Warriors team that was unveiled in New Delhi on Tuesday. The team, which will compete in the second season from October 10, will be led by Habibul Bashar, the former national captain, and included recent internationals Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Dhiman Ghosh and Mosharraf Hossain.

Ajay Shankar is deputy editor of Cricinfo

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  • Shaman on September 18, 2008, 20:09 GMT

    First of all, we have to understand the reality of Bangladesh cricket. Being a poorest(in both sense - quality of cricket & money) full member of ICC, Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) is in a very shaky situation to support ICL. It is very important for them to develop the quality of their cricket. That's why BCB can't stand against anything, which is not supported by ICC(or BCCI). Dhaka Warriors player should have understood that at first place. Leaving BCB in an awkward situation without any kind of discussion prior to deciding to join ICL is a tricky & foolish act. No problem of those players like Tapash, Sharif, Manjurul, Rafique, Bashar joining ICL as they have very blink future in Bangladesh national team because of their performance. Those young & potential Bangladesh national team player should have been honest & loyal to BCB before signing contract with ICL. It is the BCB, not ICL who has been grooming them a lot to become an international player with the money received from ICC.

  • SpottedHyena on September 18, 2008, 18:46 GMT

    Another Board with integrity. Players who sign up for ICL are the same as players who throw matches for money. If you can sell your international career, you can't expect to keep it. It's sad for Bangladesh, but surely they're better off without them. Rules are rules...Sure play wherever you want to, but not everywhere...You can't work for Coca-Cola and promote Pepsi.

  • Capricorn60 on September 18, 2008, 17:25 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, the biggest bully in this whole problem is Mr Lalit Modi & the BCCI. What is the difference between these Bangladeshi cricketers playing in the ICL or IPL? None whatsoever, apart from the fact that Mr Modi is abusing his clout & monopolistic powers to the detriment of players of all nationalities, including young Indian talent, who don't stand much chance of enjoying the riches of the IPL & so understandably join the ICL instead. Cricketers too have a limited career span, so they have to maximize their earnings whilst playing. Shame to the BCB & any other national cricketing boards who side with the bullyboys of the BCCI. Rather than berate & accuse their own players of greed for joining the ICL, it is these very Boards who for the sake of monies are blindly supporting Mr Modi & Co as they hope some of the huge wealth of the BCCI will start filtering down to them. I for one, will NOT be following any forthcoming BCCI run tournaments in contempt of them!

  • kitten on September 18, 2008, 14:58 GMT

    What a lot of us forget, is that most of these players are trying to earn their livelihood. If their country conveniently forgets them for one reason or another, what are they to do? Also joining a team like ICL is not a sin. They have been ostracized by BCCI, who are ruling the roost, and even controlling ICC!! In fact lest we forget, it was the ICL who started this sort of cricket, and they wanted to employ some gifted youngsters alongwith professional cricketers from India and abroad, so that these youngster would be groomed for the Test team. But, BCCI objected to this, and lo and behold came up with IPL to counter ICL. And not just that, they started to tell the world that ICL should be banned, and managed to do so!! How outrageous, and sad, but these are the tactics of a Big Bully. I am glad that ICL have taken the matter up with ICC, and if a solution is not forthcoming, legal remedies will be sort.

  • studmansingh on September 18, 2008, 14:16 GMT

    the biggest culprit in this is the BCCI and specificaly Lalit Modi. He is the single biggest power broker in this. Hungry for money, [ower and attention he is ruining the careers of players. He has to be lynched in public. These players have done no wrong. Is it wrong to think of ones financial security ? And BCCI behaves as though they own cricket and cricketers. A player slogs his ass off and makes sacrifices to reach where he is. These bloody administrators sit on their fat asses in AC rooms and dicate who should play where. I hope Zee and Stanford get together and grind BCCI into the ground.

  • Dr.Kamesh on September 18, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    It is totally incorrect to impose ban on Bangladesh players. The general public should be sympathetic towards these players as these are victims of BCCI power game. BCCI felt the tournament like ICL is not good for Cricket and yet floated IPL and now they are addicted to it and are forcing rest of the world to listen them and adjust their calendar just because of their money power.

  • PankajJain on September 18, 2008, 11:18 GMT

    I totally agree with LemonFromMadaripur. To me the traitor is the BCB, who is not selecting the players that are available for selection. The ICL contract as I understand is not in conflict with performing the national duties. Instead BCB choose a simple path that requires no extra efforts, just ban the players, claiming this will be a deterrent for others. If they were really serious about the Bangladesh cricket, they should have addressed the root cause by talking to the players.

  • kingislanddairy on September 18, 2008, 10:52 GMT

    they don't deserve to get ten year bans. they can't just be banned because they're gonna represent a different bangladeshi team. they're still gonna represent bangladesh in a way. it's not as if they've given up cricket for life. i don't think habibul bashar should've got the ban even though it doesn't make a difference. i'm upset about shariar nafees. at least we get to watch more cricket.

  • kingislanddairy on September 18, 2008, 10:44 GMT

    they're not criminals. they don't deserve to get ten year bans. i don't blame guys like habibul bashar and stuff but shariar nafees, dhiman ghosh etc, i blame. their still gonna represent a bangladeshi team. it's a positive thing. we can support two teams now, we get to watch more cricket.

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

    I think the traitors (please don't consider the expired players) are very gently punished, they deserve more. Some of them are simply liars. I don't understand why some people are supporting them. They retired from the national team just for money. Some of the traitors are now saying that if the national team calls, they will respond - this is ridiculous. Then why did they retire?This is an historic example of greediness. How could we expect good cricket from those players with such mentality? My best hope is that BCB will be strict to the decision and never re-think about the traitors.

  • Shaman on September 18, 2008, 20:09 GMT

    First of all, we have to understand the reality of Bangladesh cricket. Being a poorest(in both sense - quality of cricket & money) full member of ICC, Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) is in a very shaky situation to support ICL. It is very important for them to develop the quality of their cricket. That's why BCB can't stand against anything, which is not supported by ICC(or BCCI). Dhaka Warriors player should have understood that at first place. Leaving BCB in an awkward situation without any kind of discussion prior to deciding to join ICL is a tricky & foolish act. No problem of those players like Tapash, Sharif, Manjurul, Rafique, Bashar joining ICL as they have very blink future in Bangladesh national team because of their performance. Those young & potential Bangladesh national team player should have been honest & loyal to BCB before signing contract with ICL. It is the BCB, not ICL who has been grooming them a lot to become an international player with the money received from ICC.

  • SpottedHyena on September 18, 2008, 18:46 GMT

    Another Board with integrity. Players who sign up for ICL are the same as players who throw matches for money. If you can sell your international career, you can't expect to keep it. It's sad for Bangladesh, but surely they're better off without them. Rules are rules...Sure play wherever you want to, but not everywhere...You can't work for Coca-Cola and promote Pepsi.

  • Capricorn60 on September 18, 2008, 17:25 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, the biggest bully in this whole problem is Mr Lalit Modi & the BCCI. What is the difference between these Bangladeshi cricketers playing in the ICL or IPL? None whatsoever, apart from the fact that Mr Modi is abusing his clout & monopolistic powers to the detriment of players of all nationalities, including young Indian talent, who don't stand much chance of enjoying the riches of the IPL & so understandably join the ICL instead. Cricketers too have a limited career span, so they have to maximize their earnings whilst playing. Shame to the BCB & any other national cricketing boards who side with the bullyboys of the BCCI. Rather than berate & accuse their own players of greed for joining the ICL, it is these very Boards who for the sake of monies are blindly supporting Mr Modi & Co as they hope some of the huge wealth of the BCCI will start filtering down to them. I for one, will NOT be following any forthcoming BCCI run tournaments in contempt of them!

  • kitten on September 18, 2008, 14:58 GMT

    What a lot of us forget, is that most of these players are trying to earn their livelihood. If their country conveniently forgets them for one reason or another, what are they to do? Also joining a team like ICL is not a sin. They have been ostracized by BCCI, who are ruling the roost, and even controlling ICC!! In fact lest we forget, it was the ICL who started this sort of cricket, and they wanted to employ some gifted youngsters alongwith professional cricketers from India and abroad, so that these youngster would be groomed for the Test team. But, BCCI objected to this, and lo and behold came up with IPL to counter ICL. And not just that, they started to tell the world that ICL should be banned, and managed to do so!! How outrageous, and sad, but these are the tactics of a Big Bully. I am glad that ICL have taken the matter up with ICC, and if a solution is not forthcoming, legal remedies will be sort.

  • studmansingh on September 18, 2008, 14:16 GMT

    the biggest culprit in this is the BCCI and specificaly Lalit Modi. He is the single biggest power broker in this. Hungry for money, [ower and attention he is ruining the careers of players. He has to be lynched in public. These players have done no wrong. Is it wrong to think of ones financial security ? And BCCI behaves as though they own cricket and cricketers. A player slogs his ass off and makes sacrifices to reach where he is. These bloody administrators sit on their fat asses in AC rooms and dicate who should play where. I hope Zee and Stanford get together and grind BCCI into the ground.

  • Dr.Kamesh on September 18, 2008, 12:10 GMT

    It is totally incorrect to impose ban on Bangladesh players. The general public should be sympathetic towards these players as these are victims of BCCI power game. BCCI felt the tournament like ICL is not good for Cricket and yet floated IPL and now they are addicted to it and are forcing rest of the world to listen them and adjust their calendar just because of their money power.

  • PankajJain on September 18, 2008, 11:18 GMT

    I totally agree with LemonFromMadaripur. To me the traitor is the BCB, who is not selecting the players that are available for selection. The ICL contract as I understand is not in conflict with performing the national duties. Instead BCB choose a simple path that requires no extra efforts, just ban the players, claiming this will be a deterrent for others. If they were really serious about the Bangladesh cricket, they should have addressed the root cause by talking to the players.

  • kingislanddairy on September 18, 2008, 10:52 GMT

    they don't deserve to get ten year bans. they can't just be banned because they're gonna represent a different bangladeshi team. they're still gonna represent bangladesh in a way. it's not as if they've given up cricket for life. i don't think habibul bashar should've got the ban even though it doesn't make a difference. i'm upset about shariar nafees. at least we get to watch more cricket.

  • kingislanddairy on September 18, 2008, 10:44 GMT

    they're not criminals. they don't deserve to get ten year bans. i don't blame guys like habibul bashar and stuff but shariar nafees, dhiman ghosh etc, i blame. their still gonna represent a bangladeshi team. it's a positive thing. we can support two teams now, we get to watch more cricket.

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

    I think the traitors (please don't consider the expired players) are very gently punished, they deserve more. Some of them are simply liars. I don't understand why some people are supporting them. They retired from the national team just for money. Some of the traitors are now saying that if the national team calls, they will respond - this is ridiculous. Then why did they retire?This is an historic example of greediness. How could we expect good cricket from those players with such mentality? My best hope is that BCB will be strict to the decision and never re-think about the traitors.

  • rockybulh on September 18, 2008, 9:00 GMT

    I have found so many comments for banned players. But did you consider those players are in national side and some of them would play against upcoming New zealand. But unfortunately they didnt care for that only for money. So it is radiculous to have voice with players.

  • LemonFromMadaripur on September 18, 2008, 7:14 GMT

    The players who joined ICL are not at all traitors to Bangladesh, or Bangladesh Cricket or Cricket world. They might get ban from the board for their bilateral contracts, but labeling them as "traitor" is absolutely wrong. We have to remember Bashar was part of the team with his ability and now board ignored him because of his low performance and that is why he joined ICL, nothing siny things are here. For Alok Kapali, still board did not give him the contract, even he might dropped any time from team, so why he should be in uncertainties if he goes for a lucrative offer. Only one logic is more enough to join ICL or IPL or Stanford which is "Personal liking". More over the ICL bound players also want to play for national team, but the board does not want them as the players joined ICL which is an enemy league of BCCI. So, who is traitor?

  • RG on September 18, 2008, 6:41 GMT

    The players are not indentured servants of the board, or of the fans for that matter. Why shouldn't they be free to seek employment wherever they choose?

    And looking back historically, 10 years would be a longer ban than any player on the rebel tours of apartheid South Africa actually served. (The Australians and English players got 3 years; the West Indians got lifetime bans, but they were lifted after 6 years.)

    Does that sound just to anyone?

  • gagguv on September 18, 2008, 5:48 GMT

    All this banning stuff is ridiculous. I am not a Bangladeshi but I have been watching them play since 80s. Can the BCB officials explain the dumping of senior players like Rafique or Bashar? I dont know why but where ever an Aussie coach comes his first task seems to get rid of senior players in the name of injecting young blood. Chappell tried it in India but got the boot when his young recruits couldnt deliver.Moody tried it with Jayasuriya and Atapattu.Both Bashar and Rafique are national heroes but look at the way they were treated. One retired with his head held high while other was forced to do it.Ashraful has been tipped to be the best batsman of B'desh. We all know what he is capable of. But if he continues to throw his wicket away day after day whats the use of such talent?Like in T20 match against SA in world cup last year b'desh were 40 for 2 in 4 overs and he was smashing bowlers and got out rashly.Being captain I havent seen him play even one innings with responsibility.

  • ndayannanda on September 18, 2008, 5:22 GMT

    I cannot believe this debate of 'money Vs game/patriotism/piosness/world peace/green revolution/whatever takes your fancy next'. The debate is not only with BCB but also with Australian cricketers(read as Symonds story)/English and it has not yet caught on fire with others. It is only about money. The travails of ECB, PCB (alerting SA that they would like to tour there- after all the hullabollo of SA refusing the Pak trip), and recently the BCB begging and 'hoping ICL will spare more money'. I wonder if any 'fan' still believes of any administators or players are there for the 'game' - this is just a politically correct concoctin;please spare the public trials. The fans are really played in this whole affair

  • keshabn on September 18, 2008, 5:21 GMT

    The rebel players should see their performance before complaining anything...They are now playing test cricket now for more than 10 yrs.What is their contribution to Bangladesh cricket...what they have done for their country...what is their performance...Why don't they try to improve their performance and try to get berths in IPL. It doesn't matter that 6 current players are leaving...in any case their performance was below international standard. Neither ICL will be benefitted nor Bangladesh by their step.People will not come to see these underperforming cricketers...ICL has just done this to increase their teams...nothing else...

  • FaisalC on September 18, 2008, 4:53 GMT

    Terrible decision. Banning cricketers for what? playing cricket? Had these guys(especially the fringe players) let go of this opportunity then what would have happened? would they have been given an IPL contract? certainly NOT.

    I agree with Chak that the ICL games must be authorized by ICC ASAP. Such opportunities to make decent money should NOT be blocked especially since IPL already has hold on the "big" players because they all have signed a 3 year contract with IPL.

  • Darkangel on September 18, 2008, 4:35 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and in my opinion these players are traitors to Bangladesh. Because we have a series coming against NZ which will start October 9 and now they are going to ICL to earn money. They don't care about Bangladeshi cricket, they don't care about the Bangladeshi fans who supported them all the time without question when they are performing crap after crap for a long time. And its not that they are earning lesser money, they are getting a lot of money from the board for Bangladeshi salary standard(which is way lot more). But they don't care, they retired from International cricket temporarily so that they can play ICL and earn more money. So its their decision to retire from international cricket so I say they should stay retired. I don't want to see them in my national team again, I don't want to see these money-hungry traitors in our national shirts again. This is the correct decision from BCB and I support it whole-heartedly. We may suffer now but we shall survive.

  • Akhtarul on September 18, 2008, 4:22 GMT

    I absolutely agree with the BCB's decision. Bashar & Rafique could be a choice for ICL. But Aftab, Nafees, Kapali, Forhad & Dhiman's decision is not at all acceptable. They have failed to feel the pride of international exposure, wearing the national team's jersey. Infact I feel that among these players only Aftab could be a loss for Bangladesh cricket, others are not that much important. We have very good number of young players in hand for future. Now we have to find two or three talents for 2011 World Cup. BCB should take very good care of players feelings & requirements from now on & they should have a strong agreement with the players for avoiding this sort of unnecessay problems in the future.

  • Chakdekrish on September 18, 2008, 3:06 GMT

    ICL games must be authorised by ICC. There is no other way. If this case happens with every country, then in future ICL will be the top governing body and not the ICC. All Players have their rights to choose thier employers. BCB has no rights to ban their players.

  • mdakash on September 18, 2008, 1:26 GMT

    I am really surprise hearing the ban of Bangladesh cricket board of the 13 players they did because of playing in ICL. I do not think a country like Bangladesh cricket should do it. First of all these cricketers didn't do such a wrong thing that they have to be banned for 10 years. Basically if we take the positive side of playing at ICL it is good for Bangladesh. These cricketers can always play for there own country and use the good experience they get from an international tournament like ICL. More over Bangladesh have basically lost only two valuable players currently playing in the national team, they can always come back. The others have very distant chance to play for the country. I think Bangladesh cricket board should think again about their decision and make a change. They should sit down with the cricketers and have find a nice and fruitfull way out.

  • redneck on September 18, 2008, 1:19 GMT

    Maybe instead of taking a hard line stance on players trying to get the best life possible for themselves from playing cricket, the BCB should instead sanction the ICL and therefor ending its rebel status. The players have signed on would then still be eligable to play for their country and this whole disaster can be forgotten about. This whole stand-off between ICL and BCCI is not good for cricket and can be easily solved. Every nation should be free to pick any of it's cricketers. Apart from bans for discipline or positive drug tests there should be no other reasons preventing cricketers from being selected for their country. I suppose if say Dhoni were to join in a street cricket game (making some kids' day!) the BCCI would want to ban him for playing in a "unofficial" match too.

  • 200ondebut on September 17, 2008, 19:47 GMT

    I think the actions of the BCB are pathetic. Crickters should be able to ply their trade how they please without having to face these restraints on trade. Competition for their services will be good for the game as it will ensure that the tin pot dictators that are currently running the game are undermined and hopefully replaced.

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  • 200ondebut on September 17, 2008, 19:47 GMT

    I think the actions of the BCB are pathetic. Crickters should be able to ply their trade how they please without having to face these restraints on trade. Competition for their services will be good for the game as it will ensure that the tin pot dictators that are currently running the game are undermined and hopefully replaced.

  • redneck on September 18, 2008, 1:19 GMT

    Maybe instead of taking a hard line stance on players trying to get the best life possible for themselves from playing cricket, the BCB should instead sanction the ICL and therefor ending its rebel status. The players have signed on would then still be eligable to play for their country and this whole disaster can be forgotten about. This whole stand-off between ICL and BCCI is not good for cricket and can be easily solved. Every nation should be free to pick any of it's cricketers. Apart from bans for discipline or positive drug tests there should be no other reasons preventing cricketers from being selected for their country. I suppose if say Dhoni were to join in a street cricket game (making some kids' day!) the BCCI would want to ban him for playing in a "unofficial" match too.

  • mdakash on September 18, 2008, 1:26 GMT

    I am really surprise hearing the ban of Bangladesh cricket board of the 13 players they did because of playing in ICL. I do not think a country like Bangladesh cricket should do it. First of all these cricketers didn't do such a wrong thing that they have to be banned for 10 years. Basically if we take the positive side of playing at ICL it is good for Bangladesh. These cricketers can always play for there own country and use the good experience they get from an international tournament like ICL. More over Bangladesh have basically lost only two valuable players currently playing in the national team, they can always come back. The others have very distant chance to play for the country. I think Bangladesh cricket board should think again about their decision and make a change. They should sit down with the cricketers and have find a nice and fruitfull way out.

  • Chakdekrish on September 18, 2008, 3:06 GMT

    ICL games must be authorised by ICC. There is no other way. If this case happens with every country, then in future ICL will be the top governing body and not the ICC. All Players have their rights to choose thier employers. BCB has no rights to ban their players.

  • Akhtarul on September 18, 2008, 4:22 GMT

    I absolutely agree with the BCB's decision. Bashar & Rafique could be a choice for ICL. But Aftab, Nafees, Kapali, Forhad & Dhiman's decision is not at all acceptable. They have failed to feel the pride of international exposure, wearing the national team's jersey. Infact I feel that among these players only Aftab could be a loss for Bangladesh cricket, others are not that much important. We have very good number of young players in hand for future. Now we have to find two or three talents for 2011 World Cup. BCB should take very good care of players feelings & requirements from now on & they should have a strong agreement with the players for avoiding this sort of unnecessay problems in the future.

  • Darkangel on September 18, 2008, 4:35 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and in my opinion these players are traitors to Bangladesh. Because we have a series coming against NZ which will start October 9 and now they are going to ICL to earn money. They don't care about Bangladeshi cricket, they don't care about the Bangladeshi fans who supported them all the time without question when they are performing crap after crap for a long time. And its not that they are earning lesser money, they are getting a lot of money from the board for Bangladeshi salary standard(which is way lot more). But they don't care, they retired from International cricket temporarily so that they can play ICL and earn more money. So its their decision to retire from international cricket so I say they should stay retired. I don't want to see them in my national team again, I don't want to see these money-hungry traitors in our national shirts again. This is the correct decision from BCB and I support it whole-heartedly. We may suffer now but we shall survive.

  • FaisalC on September 18, 2008, 4:53 GMT

    Terrible decision. Banning cricketers for what? playing cricket? Had these guys(especially the fringe players) let go of this opportunity then what would have happened? would they have been given an IPL contract? certainly NOT.

    I agree with Chak that the ICL games must be authorized by ICC ASAP. Such opportunities to make decent money should NOT be blocked especially since IPL already has hold on the "big" players because they all have signed a 3 year contract with IPL.

  • keshabn on September 18, 2008, 5:21 GMT

    The rebel players should see their performance before complaining anything...They are now playing test cricket now for more than 10 yrs.What is their contribution to Bangladesh cricket...what they have done for their country...what is their performance...Why don't they try to improve their performance and try to get berths in IPL. It doesn't matter that 6 current players are leaving...in any case their performance was below international standard. Neither ICL will be benefitted nor Bangladesh by their step.People will not come to see these underperforming cricketers...ICL has just done this to increase their teams...nothing else...

  • ndayannanda on September 18, 2008, 5:22 GMT

    I cannot believe this debate of 'money Vs game/patriotism/piosness/world peace/green revolution/whatever takes your fancy next'. The debate is not only with BCB but also with Australian cricketers(read as Symonds story)/English and it has not yet caught on fire with others. It is only about money. The travails of ECB, PCB (alerting SA that they would like to tour there- after all the hullabollo of SA refusing the Pak trip), and recently the BCB begging and 'hoping ICL will spare more money'. I wonder if any 'fan' still believes of any administators or players are there for the 'game' - this is just a politically correct concoctin;please spare the public trials. The fans are really played in this whole affair

  • gagguv on September 18, 2008, 5:48 GMT

    All this banning stuff is ridiculous. I am not a Bangladeshi but I have been watching them play since 80s. Can the BCB officials explain the dumping of senior players like Rafique or Bashar? I dont know why but where ever an Aussie coach comes his first task seems to get rid of senior players in the name of injecting young blood. Chappell tried it in India but got the boot when his young recruits couldnt deliver.Moody tried it with Jayasuriya and Atapattu.Both Bashar and Rafique are national heroes but look at the way they were treated. One retired with his head held high while other was forced to do it.Ashraful has been tipped to be the best batsman of B'desh. We all know what he is capable of. But if he continues to throw his wicket away day after day whats the use of such talent?Like in T20 match against SA in world cup last year b'desh were 40 for 2 in 4 overs and he was smashing bowlers and got out rashly.Being captain I havent seen him play even one innings with responsibility.