Bangladesh news April 30, 2012

BPL franchises set payment deadlines

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Bangladesh Premier League franchise owners have set a deadline of May 9 and May 31 for the clearance of payments for international and local cricketers respectively. The dates were decided in a meeting initiated by the Bangladesh Cricket Board between BCB president Mustafa Kamal and the franchise owners on Monday after the issue of delay in payments was raised in newspapers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and the UK.

Even before the BPL started, the franchises had said that due to bank transfers being the payment mode, they would need the permission of the concerned authorities in the government. The breakdown of the payments - amount paid in advance and the amount paid after the tournament - was never made public.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who also led Duronto Rajshahi in the BPL, was the first and only cricketer to raise the flag that payments to the local and overseas players haven't been made properly. Julien Fountain, Pakistan and Dhaka Gladiators fielding coach, had tweeted about the payment issue as well. ESPNcricinfo found out that several local players were unhappy with payment issues but declined to comment or be quoted when contacted.

The transfer of foreign currency from Bangladesh to other countries is considerably difficult as the Bangladesh Bank sets a limit. Franchises have often cited this as a problem to make payments to players' bank accounts, especially because the tournament was set-up and staged within a few weeks. Several of these issues were apparently not addressed ahead of the February 10 opening game.

Meanwhile, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has said that the April 30 deadline for the BPL franchises to pay taxes will not be extended. Kanon Kumar Roy, director general of Directorate of Inspection (Taxes), Dhaka told The Daily Star yesterday, "We will take drastic action to realise taxes. We will set our next course of action in a meeting which will take place within this week. Many of them requested us to extend the date for paying the dues, but we are not considering their appeals."

According to NBR officials, the tax authorities received one crore (10 million) taka from the BPL parties - which includes six franchises, event management firm Game On Sports, players' salaries and the BPL governing council - while a tax payment of 20 crore (200 million) taka was projected. NBR had formed a team headed by Roy to monitor all financial transactions in a bid to ensure that all taxes are going to the state coffers.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • on May 3, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @Abaa....Yes its true Murali said that but that was because he hadn't had much Cricket since last seasons IPL and because of his age needs to keep up his fitness so next time get your facts right. Murali actually wasn't even considering joining the BPL in the first place and therefore at the last minute decided to join the BPL so he can improve his fitness ahead of the IPL considering its a much longer tournament and competition is much heavy in IPL as compared to BPL so like I said read the whole article rather just a glimpse :)"

  • BanglafanX on May 3, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    IPL & BPL both are successful, please tell me does PPL exist ?

  • Abaa on May 3, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    At everyone dissing the IPL: The biggest Bangladesh players would do anything to take part in the IPL ... Can we say the same about any 2nd or 3rd grade Indian player and the BPL? Murali called playing in the BPL god practice for getting ready to take part in the IPL! Please don't bring in IPL to cite as an example to look the issues with BPL look ok :-(

  • fr600 on May 2, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    IPL is a copy too, from the father of cricket, England.

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    In Cricinfo Bagladesh home page section there is photo of shakib al hasan wearing KKR Jersey and these people says IPL is joke. Guys be jelous of us we love it baby.....

  • haseeb.ahmed on May 1, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @SRPP and IPL is a joke of a century

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    We Indians love IPL and Team India.

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @SRPP...Difference between IPL and BPL is that the BPL has benefited the Bangladesh Team while the IPL has degraded the Indian Team haaaaaaaa......losing 8-0 miserably to both England and Australia, knocked out of the CB Series and then knocked out of the Asia Cup at the hands of Bangladesh plus ratings for IPL has gone down and mostly watched by Indians looolllzzzzz :)

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Bagladesh BPL and Pakistan proposed PPL both are full of joke. Haaaaaaa....

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    HAHAHA NONE OF LEAGUE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH INTERNATIONAL PLAYER.. IF IN BPL ONLY BANGLADESHI ARE PARTICIPATED I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY INTEREST FOR PUBLIC AND VIEWERS, SAME GOES TO IPL, IF IN IPL THERE ARE ONLY INDIAN PLAYERS I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE WILL BE INTERESTED TO

  • on May 3, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @Abaa....Yes its true Murali said that but that was because he hadn't had much Cricket since last seasons IPL and because of his age needs to keep up his fitness so next time get your facts right. Murali actually wasn't even considering joining the BPL in the first place and therefore at the last minute decided to join the BPL so he can improve his fitness ahead of the IPL considering its a much longer tournament and competition is much heavy in IPL as compared to BPL so like I said read the whole article rather just a glimpse :)"

  • BanglafanX on May 3, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    IPL & BPL both are successful, please tell me does PPL exist ?

  • Abaa on May 3, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    At everyone dissing the IPL: The biggest Bangladesh players would do anything to take part in the IPL ... Can we say the same about any 2nd or 3rd grade Indian player and the BPL? Murali called playing in the BPL god practice for getting ready to take part in the IPL! Please don't bring in IPL to cite as an example to look the issues with BPL look ok :-(

  • fr600 on May 2, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    IPL is a copy too, from the father of cricket, England.

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    In Cricinfo Bagladesh home page section there is photo of shakib al hasan wearing KKR Jersey and these people says IPL is joke. Guys be jelous of us we love it baby.....

  • haseeb.ahmed on May 1, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @SRPP and IPL is a joke of a century

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    We Indians love IPL and Team India.

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @SRPP...Difference between IPL and BPL is that the BPL has benefited the Bangladesh Team while the IPL has degraded the Indian Team haaaaaaaa......losing 8-0 miserably to both England and Australia, knocked out of the CB Series and then knocked out of the Asia Cup at the hands of Bangladesh plus ratings for IPL has gone down and mostly watched by Indians looolllzzzzz :)

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Bagladesh BPL and Pakistan proposed PPL both are full of joke. Haaaaaaa....

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    HAHAHA NONE OF LEAGUE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH INTERNATIONAL PLAYER.. IF IN BPL ONLY BANGLADESHI ARE PARTICIPATED I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY INTEREST FOR PUBLIC AND VIEWERS, SAME GOES TO IPL, IF IN IPL THERE ARE ONLY INDIAN PLAYERS I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE WILL BE INTERESTED TO

  • crazier on May 1, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @shabab islam:dont worry about ppl if their is no pakistan player in bpl then just forgot about bpl(and i hope from next edtion of bpl pcb should not allowed any pak player to participate then we willl see how successful is bpl). I am not fan of ipl but still i think ipl is far better than bpl

  • Third_Gear on May 1, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    reyme@ U r right man. In compare to the IPL 1 and ICL, BPL is far better organized and the payment issues also not new with kind of major leagues. All these will be resoved by now and BPL" 2" is going to be more EXCITING no doubt .

  • Legaleagle on May 1, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    This was expected!! Bangladesh should have gotten its house in order before venturing into copying successful IPL story. Hopefully, they can resolve this otherwise there won't be any BPL 2.

  • reyme on May 1, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    This payment issue happens to all high profile leagues. There are many players who never got paid from ICL, payment was also a big issues even in IPL. This is the 1st BPL and it was organized in a haste. Hopefully this wont be an issue in future BPL's.

  • on April 30, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Guessing there won't be a BPL 2 then?

  • asiacricket1234 on April 30, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Muhtasim the team owner has enough money to pay the player. Organisation that sponsors the team jursey paid more than the price of the team and that was just one sponsor. All of the team had more than 5sponsors and theyve earned more than they invested. It is unfortunate that this sort of stupid thing happened and I agree that player shouldve got paid earlier. I hope next time BPL will be better organised than this time :/

  • Muhtasim13 on April 30, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I don't think that the Bangladesh Bank's restrictions on fund transfer is the issue. The actual issue is, 'whether the franchises actually have enough money to pay the players and staff?'

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  • Muhtasim13 on April 30, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I don't think that the Bangladesh Bank's restrictions on fund transfer is the issue. The actual issue is, 'whether the franchises actually have enough money to pay the players and staff?'

  • asiacricket1234 on April 30, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Muhtasim the team owner has enough money to pay the player. Organisation that sponsors the team jursey paid more than the price of the team and that was just one sponsor. All of the team had more than 5sponsors and theyve earned more than they invested. It is unfortunate that this sort of stupid thing happened and I agree that player shouldve got paid earlier. I hope next time BPL will be better organised than this time :/

  • on April 30, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    Guessing there won't be a BPL 2 then?

  • reyme on May 1, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    This payment issue happens to all high profile leagues. There are many players who never got paid from ICL, payment was also a big issues even in IPL. This is the 1st BPL and it was organized in a haste. Hopefully this wont be an issue in future BPL's.

  • Legaleagle on May 1, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    This was expected!! Bangladesh should have gotten its house in order before venturing into copying successful IPL story. Hopefully, they can resolve this otherwise there won't be any BPL 2.

  • Third_Gear on May 1, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    reyme@ U r right man. In compare to the IPL 1 and ICL, BPL is far better organized and the payment issues also not new with kind of major leagues. All these will be resoved by now and BPL" 2" is going to be more EXCITING no doubt .

  • crazier on May 1, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @shabab islam:dont worry about ppl if their is no pakistan player in bpl then just forgot about bpl(and i hope from next edtion of bpl pcb should not allowed any pak player to participate then we willl see how successful is bpl). I am not fan of ipl but still i think ipl is far better than bpl

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    HAHAHA NONE OF LEAGUE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH INTERNATIONAL PLAYER.. IF IN BPL ONLY BANGLADESHI ARE PARTICIPATED I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY INTEREST FOR PUBLIC AND VIEWERS, SAME GOES TO IPL, IF IN IPL THERE ARE ONLY INDIAN PLAYERS I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE WILL BE INTERESTED TO

  • SRPP on May 1, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Bagladesh BPL and Pakistan proposed PPL both are full of joke. Haaaaaaa....

  • on May 1, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @SRPP...Difference between IPL and BPL is that the BPL has benefited the Bangladesh Team while the IPL has degraded the Indian Team haaaaaaaa......losing 8-0 miserably to both England and Australia, knocked out of the CB Series and then knocked out of the Asia Cup at the hands of Bangladesh plus ratings for IPL has gone down and mostly watched by Indians looolllzzzzz :)