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FICA begins legal action over BPL payments

George Dobell

June 8, 2012

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Peter Trego scored an unbeaten 68 for Sylhet Royals, Chittagong Kings v Sylhet Royals, BPL, Mirpur, February 25, 2012
Peter Trego was one of the English players involved in the BPL © BPL T20

Legal proceedings have been initiated by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the franchises involved in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) following a widespread failure to pay players.

The first edition of the BPL ended in February but, despite repeated assurances and deadlines, FICA has been informed that many players have yet to receive full payment. As a result, the players' organisation has instructed lawyers in Dhaka to file a claim against the relevant franchises and the BCB.

"This is a black and white matter," Tim May, the chief executive of FICA, told ESPNcricinfo. "It was stipulated by contract how much the players would be paid and the date by which they would receive payment. It was also stipulated that, if the franchises couldn't pay, then the BCB would act as guarantors and would make the payments.

"We have been waiting for four months. Deadlines have come and gone and all we have had is a litany of excuses. It has come to the stage where all avenues of dialogue have dried up and the BCB have stopped responding to FICA.

"If it was not such a serious matter, some of the excuses they are coming up with would be amusing. They have said there are foreign currency issues, for example, but even some of the Bangladesh players have not been paid. They keep saying the payments will be made tomorrow, or next week, or the week after, but it has never happened."

May derided the behaviour of the Bangladesh board as "amateurish" and even questioned the integrity of some of those involved in the organisation of the tournament which attracted such diverse overseas players as Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Stuart MacGill and Peter Trego. Afridi, who topped the auction at $700,000, was reported last month as saying that he had been paid.

"We don't know if they have the funds available to make payments," he said. "If we had a relationship based on trust we could understand their issues and agree a timeline for payments, as we did with the Sri Lanka board when they had some cash flow difficulties. But they have behaved in an amateurish manner and we have no confidence in them or their integrity."

Mustafa Kamal, the BCB president, has ambitions to become a president of the ICC, but May suggested that the continued impasse could harm his candidature.

"The integrity of people involved in the leadership of Bangladesh cricket is spiralling downwards uncontrollably," he said. "We have had continued assurances from Mustafa Kamal - a man touted as the next ICC president - but the continued non-payment does not reflect him in a particularly good light."

The episode presents a serious threat to the second edition of the BPL, which is due to begin in January 2013. FICA will take a more uncompromising line when it comes to advice they give players about payment.

"Our advice to players is not to get involved in future unless they are either paid, or they receive bank guarantees, before they board the plane," May continued. "The BPL will probably say that is unreasonable, but they have brought this on themselves. We have been trying to resolve this for months and legal action - which will take money that we could better spend on developing the game - is a last resort.

"Our recommendation this year was for players not to travel until they had received 25% of their payment, but some went anyway. If you have a situation where players don't receive that upfront payment, it is a sure sign that things are likely to go pear-shaped. We have major worries about the administration of the BPL."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Meety on (June 11, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Pretty poor, the event itself was well run, it was suppose to be profitable, the BCB has a new major sponsor, 200% up on the previous. Players should get paid. Who'd come back next year? @Em Parvaz - mate Tim May is dong his job 100% perfectly. If players are not getting paid, the players will expect him to come in swinging. The event finished months ago, it is shabby treatment & should NOT be tolerated!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Interesting that how people forget that the Semi-final result was in a fiasco. And twice the name of the finalist was changed and in the early hours of morning the rules was interpreted to give a different team.

Posted by Vilander on (June 10, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

It is important to have a fiscal sense, if BD has ability for x amount of revenue they should aim exactly for that amount, and manage expenses likewise. Good business sense should prevail over national emotions. Hope BD learn quickly from this, have a reduced and more robust game next year, best of luck from India.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Tigers...hahahaha..they cannot be even called cats....

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

I dont understand why Tim May has been jumping up and down. There is has to be some agenda. I am not saying BCB is perfect. They are the reason why we are still talking about this mess even months after it ended. They should have done better. But the things dont add up.

After a lot of facts finding I question Mr May's integrity as a CEO of such a respected organisation. I think he lacks diplomatic skills that is required for any Chief Executive! I dont about you guys, but he is definitely not acting like one! On the other hand Mr Kamal showed lot of maturity by responding and even accepting the shortfall how these all were organised in such a hurry. ( Even though I dont think that is a good excuse)

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (June 9, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

shame 4 so called tigers..

Posted by maddy20 on (June 9, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

BPL is a very succesful event in generating most controversies in a single season. Am I the only one who thinks its first season will be its last? @Reyme All IPL francises need to furnish a bank guarantee for $200 million. It was raised to 330 for Kochi and Pune. The bank guarantee will be sufficient to pay them all for 20 seasons or so. Hence IPL never had any payment dues. That is why overseas players love to play in it!

Posted by Legaleagle on (June 9, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

It is obvious Bangladesh did not earn any money from the BPL that's why cannot pay the players now.

No one watched the BPL cause they were not able to sell it for viewership. There was no interest in the event, and now lack of payments will dent it even further.

Posted by Legaleagle on (June 9, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

SHAME ON BANGLADESH!! This is what they call a successful event?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

This is an embarassing situation, shouldn't happen again.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

@another cricket fan i am not agreeing with you.yup, there were some yester year player like murali,jaysuria,hodge,gibbs,styris etc.but there were many todays player like gayle,afridi,ajmal,pollard,samuels,bravo,hafeez,dr smith,B.Taylor etc and some rising star like Ahmed Shehjad,keevon kooper,alexi keeervezee,rezwan cheema,andre russel,nasir jamshed etc.

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (June 9, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

@Ahmad What @Jarr30 says is correct. BPL did not attract a huge viewer base as did IPL despite Bangladesh has millions of people for the simple reason as he states.

Most of the players you mention are retired/yester year players making their extra buck. Where as in IPL, you saw the tomorrow stars along with today's stars. Players were/are pining to play in the IPL.

One wonders whether the SLPL will follow the same pathway.

Posted by Afsar22 on (June 9, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Such a claim will do nothing but only demean Bangladesh's reputation as a cricket playing nation. Bangladesh's offcials should have leant from India on how to run a successful T-20, and more importantly they should be remindful that they are representing Bangladesh to the international level.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Big mistake by bcb for not having the contract with players for atleast 2 years , people talking about big event ipl , but they paying 100000 for 3 years where bangladesh choose to contract it for only 1 year , i just hope bcb learn their lesson , now in mext year they should have contract with players for 3 years too lyk ipl , than i will see who can talk , for 20 days tournament 700000 for one player its too much , after india only bangladesh can make event lyk BPL bcz people love cricket and they will get the full crowd always where england australia wont get that

Posted by Sudipta.94 on (June 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

The BCB made a very unwise move by starting BPL cause they were unable to give players their due money and they have no power to compete with IPL and BCCI. SL and PAK will have such problem in future if they start their own league.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (June 9, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

there is an old adage ............... do not stretch your legs, more than the length of the cot/bed........ applies for BD. They have bitten more than the can chew.... AMEN.

Posted by snbirdi on (June 9, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Let this be a lesson to other nations rushing to start their own IPL-wannabe's!

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (June 9, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

Unfortunate and unwarranted. A board who can't even have world class national XI shouldn't rush to start such international league..

Posted by yoongguns on (June 8, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

In England we never followed BPL. yes we all followed IPL for sure because it is a big fun because of guys like KP, AB, Jaques,Morkels, Gayle, White, Husseys, Clarke, Sachin, Dravid, Stayne.....many more.....only IPL ane EPL(may be in future) should be there....

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (June 8, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

Hopefully BCB will sort it out soon-ish. It would be reasonable to expect some teething problems in the first edition. They would learn for the future editions. The bigger question in my mind is the proliferation of "me too" IPLs in other jurisdictions that may not have the crictical mass environment - fans, financiers, egos, socialites, administrators - that IPL enjoys.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 22:03 GMT) you're not even making any sense, you're saying that players like Afridi, Chanderpaul, Gibbs, Jayasuriya, Muralitharan, Razzaq, Hafeez, Ajmal, Pollard, Samuels, Hodge etc etc are average? Yeah Exactly! Don't think you know nothing about Cricket based on that silly and ignorant assumption of yours :)

Posted by Jarr30 on (June 8, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

I am not suprised at this news and won't be suprised if BPL closes in 3 years. You need galaxy of international stars playing to make it sucessfull. The only international player playing in in BPL was Chris Gayle, rest were just average.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (June 8, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

I dont Knw What May is talking About...but All the Pakistani Players and also all lankan players have been paid fully Already...and BPL 2 will happen...coz itz always takes time when u have finished an inaugral league

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Why all cricket boards compete with BCCI i dont understand...

Posted by Bruisers on (June 8, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

@reyme - Why would FICA interfere in IPL or ICL matters? IPL never had payment issues. The only possible issue regarding payment in IPL was whether the franchises paid MORE money to retain some of their players (like Gayle for RCB and Rayudu for MI).. BBL didn't have payment dues either. ICL and the Canada league were non-recognized private leagues. FICA has absolutely nothing to do with such private leagues. Moreover, ICL did clear its dues in the end after its demise.

Posted by ns.rony on (June 8, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

FICA is doing the the right thung...plsyers play in these leauges for they should paid first....

Posted by Rally_Windies on (June 8, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

I personally think board members in every single country make way too much money..

Board Members should be paid salaries comparable to cricketers ...

there are too many boards struggling to pay players, with board members jet setting and enjoying all the finer things in life..

It is fine if you have earned these things before your board appointment. but most board appointees owe their wealth to their board positions ...

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Such shameful for such successful event !!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

What a shame 4 Ban! Just head goes down!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

What a SHAME - Bangladesh and its Cricket Board .... and now in Sports ..

Posted by Dhushan on (June 8, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

& here I was thinking that BCB had pulled off a good tournament

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

This is bad. I hope they sort things out soon .

Posted by Extraz on (June 8, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

I don't why BCB arrange this BPL when they can't afford it.Now this is becoming embarrassing for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

BCB should has some common sense. Anyway, please pay those unpaid players immediately, afterall it's not a good sign for future BPL edition.

Posted by reyme on (June 8, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Its funny how FICA is showing too much interest in BPL! Where was FICA when things did not go right in ICL, IPL and so many other tournaments worldwide? Even in the lastest 20/20 cricket in Canada, no players got paid even 10%. In BPL 1, that just ended 3 monts ago, most of the players either got payed 100% or close to 90%. Shahid Afridi the highest paid player who was bought for $700000, also got paid in full. FICA also dont have the right to tell players not to play in certain tournamants, that is simply wrong. Its the players or the respective board should decide whom should play where.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

in future i think only IPL would survive, the rest bpl ppl epl apl spl would disappear

Posted by torsha on (June 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Let's be practical. Not every other tournament can be bigger as IPL or big bash. Lessons here for future SLPL & PPL.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

And People Complain about IPL Management....... People Try to appreciate things not always pull things down ....

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 8, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

There you go again. Wasnt this expected ?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 8, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Good News. I think now BCB will learn a lesson. Every single francise made profit. Read about how they were getting payed by their sponsor. Every single team got paid more than 1million from their sponsor just to have the sponsor tag on their jersy and that was just one sponsor. BCB under Kamal is a mess and that guy need to go for the sake of BD cricket. Player shouldve got payed and this is emberrassing for BD cricket :@.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT)


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