Bangladesh news May 25, 2012

FICA urges Bangladesh to clear BPL dues to players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim May, the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) CEO, has threatened legal action if the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) fails to ensure that the players involved in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) held in February have been paid.

In a letter to the BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal, dated May 19, May urged him to inform the BPL franchises to clear all outstanding dues to the players within five days. Although May 9 was the original deadline for foreign players' payments and May 31 for the locals, it is learned that the board had asked the franchises to clear all dues by the first week of June.

"Whilst we have a communication avenue open, I wish to express, on behalf of the majority of players that recently participated in the Bangladesh Premier League, our continued disappointment that a large number of players, both foreign and local, still have not received their full entitlements from their franchises," quoted May's letter, as saying.

"The continued broken promises and deadlines is causing great harm to the integrity of the franchises, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Bangladesh Cricket Board, and all of the officials within such organisations."

May warned the BCB of various repercussions if the franchises fail to pay up within the deadline.

"Following the inability of the franchises to meet such deadlines, we demand that the BCB satisfies the guarantees it has agreed to under the player agreements immediately. This applies to all outstanding player fees, both to domestic and foreign players," May wrote.

"If the sums of money are not received by players within 5 business days, FICA will be forced to explore legal routes to recover these monies from the BCB. Additionally FICA will further advise all foreign and domestic players not to participate in any future BPL events."

The letter also quoted part of players' contract in which it was stated that 25% of a player's fee would be paid before February 2, two weeks after the players' auction and a week before the tournament started. The second installment (50% of the player fees) was supposed to be paid on or before February 23 while the rest (25%) was supposed to be cleared "within 45 days of the completion of the players' involvement in the league".

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  • Deepak on May 26, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @the_unforgettable - IPL never had any payment issues.. It was ICL that, like BPL, had not cleared the dues to the players for several months. Then ICL folded up, unable to attract players for the next season and I'm sure that's gonna happen to BPL too if they don't settle things quickly.

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Let's hope BCB will not put another painful nail on the ever shinning edifice of Bangladesh cricket. BPL-2012 was indeed a very popular event and it did contribute towards further popularizing the game in the country. We want repeated holding of this event in the coming years. The alleged non-fulfilment of the contract terms in respect to fee payment to the participating cricketers will definitely discourage them from coming again to Bangladesh. In the context of our present-day-Bangladesh, it may be a far cry, but yet I would say: "Let's put the interest of Bangladesh above all. Let's not hurt the pride and self-respect of its people."

  • Muhmmad on May 25, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    LoL this was inevitable,Looks like the 1st edition of BPL will become the last edition of it.

  • Masnoon on May 25, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    BPL was a huge success, hope this success won't be undermined and the dues will be cleared as soon as possible. BTW didn't IPL also face this type of allegations????

  • Fazle Elahi on May 25, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    its a real shame for Bangladesh. its harmful for the image and prestige of Bangladesh cricket..,.,., :(

  • Rezwan on May 25, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Probably it is not famous for you guys. At least it made Bangladesh win over India though they have so called IPL.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Chris gayle shud have hit a six from Eden garden and broken the window glass of BCB to remind that he is still unpaid from BPL. But unfortunately RCB is out.

  • Rakesh on May 25, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    this is what happens when people try to copy others.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    I think BPl is now a goner. lack of planning and administration problems leads to a league which brings embarassement to bengalis. BCB started BPL in a hastle and now the result is clear from these controversies....BYE BYE BPL..:)

  • Hira on May 25, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Another comedy regarding bangladesh cricket..i mean i didnt watch the BPL but i heard that apparently it was a 'success' and 'awesome'.. if they cant afford to host a tournament like this then why do it? Sorry BD if you are desperately trying to match the IPL you can keep dreaming.

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