Bangladesh news June 9, 2012

Kamal insists BPL dues will be cleared

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, has said that all player payments related to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be cleared and that no player had contacted the board with written complaints.

The reaction comes a day after Tim May, the chief executive of Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), told ESPNcricinfo that he would initiate legal action against the BCB and BPL franchises as many players were yet to receive full payment. May called the BCB "amateurish" and also called into question the "integrity of people involved in the leadership of Bangladesh cricket".

While talking to Daily Star, Kamal said: "The statement is very unfortunate. I have said it repeatedly that it is BCB's obligation that if any player is unpaid, the board will make the payments. I am reassuring that not a single player will go unpaid.

"The impression we have from talking to the six franchises is that most of the payments have been disbursed. But there may still be one or two cases of unpaid wages. We have said it before and I will repeat it now: the BCB will pay the foreign players if the franchises don't."

The BPL governing council was informed by the franchises that around 89% of the foreign players' payments have been made but haven't provided similar information for the local players. According to a BCB press release, out of the $2.77m net payable, the unpaid fees figure currently stands at around $305,000. The release also said that two of the six BPL franchises have completed their payments to foreign cricketers in full. For local players, it said, the BPL would take action after speaking to the concerned players and officials individually.

"We have said it before and I will repeat it now: the BCB will pay the foreign players if the franchises don't."
Mustafa Kamal, the BCB president

"The governing council has recommended to the BCB that, as guarantor, the board should clear the outstanding payments and the process should be initiated immediately," the BCB said. "The payment of local cricketers is also being seriously looked into by the governing council, which has not received a definite picture of the payment status from the franchises. Therefore it has been decided that the governing council would speak to individual players and relevant officials of team managements and take measures accordingly."

Kamal said that neither the players nor their agents had lodged an official complaint to the BCB. "The most unfortunate thing is that not a single player has sent us a written complaint, we don't have a particular case in our hands. Every comment is made in general, not made about a particular player," he said. "We have even talked to the players' agents, but once again the name of any particular player who hasn't been paid didn't come up. Nobody has written to us. Anyone can contact us, even Tim May, about an unpaid player."

But ESPNcricinfo has learned that FICA emailed the BCB twice last month regarding the non-payments and that at least one individual agent has shown that he has communicated with Game On Sports, BPL's event management firm, which was copied in the mail to BCB regarding unpaid wages.

Kamal said that since the BPL was a hurriedly organised event, there were some mistakes in their work. "From the beginning we have said that it has been organised in a very short time," he said. "Mistakes are bound to happen but we are working on correcting them ahead of the next tournament.

"We are doing everything for the players' benefit. As an example, I can tell you that we have paid some of the ex-Bangladesh players from the earnings of BPL."

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  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    bpl second edition is is coming soon. so bcb should take urgent steps to recover the due payments.

  • Hira on June 11, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    i have nothing to say anything regarding bangladesh cricket anymore.. *sigh*

  • AKM on June 11, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Why people are talking about foreign players only. What will happen to the locals?

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Who is this Tim May,he should go in detail & try to make contact with BCB to solve the issue.BCB has to ensure 100% payment to the foreign players otherwise next Yr BPL will be under threat.

  • Tanvirul hoque on June 11, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Hahaha...a BiG LOL TO @Legalegale.. Know some info is the list of all global channel that telecast BPL LIVE....-- -"Chanel 9" from Bangladesh, Pakistan Geo from Pakistan,Super Sports S:AFRICA,Sky Sports 3 UK,STV Srilanka,Fox Sports Australia & Star Sports,ESPN,Star cricket from World wide

  • Muhtasim on June 11, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @ An_Ashraful_Mukhlokat,FICA's accusation is completely justified. Even Mustafa Kamal admitted that several players were unpaid

  • Ahmed on June 11, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    @ legaleagle.... It think you live anywhere in african Forest.. where no TV or any media exist...BPL was broadcasted almost in every Cricketing Country via electronic media, print media and web as well...... so wake-up before you talk my frnd... well its not good that BCB is failed to get money from BPL Franchises but these sort of small problems come when you organize a Big Event... I hope BCB will be out of this situation soon..


  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    @legaleage , sorry buddie you have it all wrong , there was live broadcast coverage in the caribbean , we saw every game live on cable tv , and even on the internet also.. was an amazing tournament ..Gayle even score a 100 there along with dwayne smith

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @legaleagle You Have it quite wrong it was broadcast here in the caribbean , every single match was live was also carried live on the internet

  • Babaji on June 10, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    BPL is a third grade league!! People who think big players made a difference are completely mistaken. How come there was NO NEWS or NO COVERAGE for this event?

    No one saw a single match being broadcast outside of Bangladesh. This was a POORLY organized league which had issues right from the start. They tried to copy a successful venture without money, skills and expertise.

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