Bangladesh news June 12, 2012

BPL set to pay remaining dues to foreign players

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) governing council said that the remaining outstanding amounts due to the league's foreign players will be paid very shortly. BPL secretary Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir told ESPNcricinfo that they had received a letter from the franchises, which said that within the next two days the $235,000 (approx) in unpaid wages will be settled. A Bangladesh board press release from later in the day also made an assurance, saying that the "BCB, as the guarantor, will complete the payment of the dues shortly".

This was the council's second meeting with the franchises in the space of four days, after the Federation of International Cricketers Associations' chief executive, Tim May, had said the BPL was "amateurish" in their dealings with the unpaid cricketers.

"They gave us in writing that the money will be paid within the next day or two," Alamgir said after the meeting. "We understand that the franchises were new to this [being part of a league]. And they have got into a lot of trouble regarding paying these players because of various issues, but they have committed that nobody will go unpaid."

ESPNcricinfo has learned from sources in the different franchises that there have been incidents of wrong bank-account information from one player, which led to delayed payment, while another was said to have become angry when the franchise belatedly contacted him regarding payments.

While the BPL is trying to keep the international players happy, several local players are as yet unpaid. The franchises have also said that around 30% of the local players' payment remain unpaid and will be settled in seven to ten days. The governing council will confirm the figure of outstanding dues to the local players.

The BPL council's meeting with the franchises was chaired by BCB chief Mustafa Kamal. He had told ESPNcricinfo recently that the issue of unpaid wages has never been a problem in Bangladesh. Overseas coaches too, he said, have never complained about payment.

"We have had foreign coaches working with our team for a long time - Eddie Barlow, Gordon Greenidge, Dav Whatmore, so many names," Kamal said. "We have not defaulted on payments to them, they have never had any complaints."

Kamal said the BCB is "financially one of the richest boards in the world" and recounted the names of overseas players who had played in Bangladesh's lucrative club leagues in the 1990s, including Neil Fairbrother, Richard Illingworth and Ajay Jadeja. "I have always said that if there is a problem with BPL payments because it is a new league and there may be some mistakes, it will be BCB's responsibility and we will pay up instead [of the franchises]."

He said it was important for the BPL to be successful. "Its stakeholders are the players, the fans and the country, and it has benefitted all of these. If it doesn't do well, who will be the biggest losers? The players."

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  • Abaa on June 14, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    How many months has it been since the completion of the tournament? This little league is making all sorts of news for all the wrong reasons! I hope the players that haven't been paid yet don't turn up next season ... Foreign exchange issues indeed how unprofessional and amateurish

  • SRPP on June 13, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I am an Indian. I am happy that BCB/BPL sotred out payment issue. Bangla u did it. After IPL I am sure BPL is success.

  • on June 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    @KXIP_is_underestimated it did 89%... rests will be paid within 2-3day so dont worry about it ;)

  • Crictationer on June 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Must be paid as soon as possible

  • KXIP_is_underestimated on June 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @imteaz tishad lot of money but only if its actually baan paid

  • veerakannadiga on June 13, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Next time (if there is a next time), before participating in the BPL, all players..both local & foreign, should insist on being paid fully in advance.

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    @borhans on (June 12 2012, 21:00 PM GMT), what if the players didn't honour their commitments, i.e. didn't turn up to play when they were supposed to? Do you think that the franchises would be OK with that? The fact that a league/franchise is paying you a lot of money is not a reason to let them take liberties. The reason that the league/franchises can pay a lot of money is that the players can bring in a lot of money for them. The players have done their part so they are entitled to expect the league/franchises to do theirs. If the commitments couldn't be met then they should have been committed to in the first place. There can be unforeseen circumstances and fair enough but that doesn't that the players' association shouldn't be on the case to make sure that all that can be done is being done. It's there for the players so it has a responsibility to look out for the players' interests, which is all it's doing.

  • on June 13, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    except BPL,no other county in the world pay that much money to a player in 20 days tournament.so just Chill FICA. :)

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    This is something that does happen from time to time, however it is unnacceptable. Tim May was right to give the BPL a blast. Lo & behold, we get some movement. It's a shame as the event was surprisingly good & attracted some reasonable talent.

  • Redbacks_Bite on June 13, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    I am glad to know all the players will be paid. I just want to let them know that the payment will be in installments and they will get $50 a month..

  • Abaa on June 14, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    How many months has it been since the completion of the tournament? This little league is making all sorts of news for all the wrong reasons! I hope the players that haven't been paid yet don't turn up next season ... Foreign exchange issues indeed how unprofessional and amateurish

  • SRPP on June 13, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I am an Indian. I am happy that BCB/BPL sotred out payment issue. Bangla u did it. After IPL I am sure BPL is success.

  • on June 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    @KXIP_is_underestimated it did 89%... rests will be paid within 2-3day so dont worry about it ;)

  • Crictationer on June 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Must be paid as soon as possible

  • KXIP_is_underestimated on June 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @imteaz tishad lot of money but only if its actually baan paid

  • veerakannadiga on June 13, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Next time (if there is a next time), before participating in the BPL, all players..both local & foreign, should insist on being paid fully in advance.

  • jmcilhinney on June 13, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    @borhans on (June 12 2012, 21:00 PM GMT), what if the players didn't honour their commitments, i.e. didn't turn up to play when they were supposed to? Do you think that the franchises would be OK with that? The fact that a league/franchise is paying you a lot of money is not a reason to let them take liberties. The reason that the league/franchises can pay a lot of money is that the players can bring in a lot of money for them. The players have done their part so they are entitled to expect the league/franchises to do theirs. If the commitments couldn't be met then they should have been committed to in the first place. There can be unforeseen circumstances and fair enough but that doesn't that the players' association shouldn't be on the case to make sure that all that can be done is being done. It's there for the players so it has a responsibility to look out for the players' interests, which is all it's doing.

  • on June 13, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    except BPL,no other county in the world pay that much money to a player in 20 days tournament.so just Chill FICA. :)

  • Meety on June 13, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    This is something that does happen from time to time, however it is unnacceptable. Tim May was right to give the BPL a blast. Lo & behold, we get some movement. It's a shame as the event was surprisingly good & attracted some reasonable talent.

  • Redbacks_Bite on June 13, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    I am glad to know all the players will be paid. I just want to let them know that the payment will be in installments and they will get $50 a month..

  • serious-am-i on June 12, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    to fellow bangladesh friends & fans: FICA is not an BCCI pet. If u remember well, FICA threatened BCCI and its policies quite a few times. I am not sure why u guys are claiming each time Afridi got paid, got paid. Single player getting paid doesn't mean every one got the amount. The high profile players might have got paid as they might skip future tournaments if they have delay in payments. Payments reach the regular and not so famous cricketers its they who need this cash desperately. BBL did well than BPL financially and TRP wise, so comparison levels have to be dropped down. ECB haven't tried this yet, some one claimed this failed in England. England tech committee are still planning about one & they haven't come to an conclusion of running it or not. Anyways the point over here is, if BCB can't handle payment issues promptly they must look for alternative or shut off BPL instead of ill-reputing the sport.

  • borhans on June 12, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Fica is acting like after IPL players have many tournament that pays as much as BPL .Even 30% of BPL's money is more than those int players earn on a year .So FiCA shouldn't show so much arrogance when their players don't even get paid 10% in Canada tour .There is no market for cricket other than Indian,Bangladesh & few asian country .English tried failed ,Bigbash its not even that Big .So FICA atleast should show some patience to this new league .BCB worth thousand times more than FICA .FICA just don't know its standard

  • Natesan333 on June 12, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    The check is in the mail !!! LOL BTW I don't want a single person complain how IPL is a money making machine etc., Remember, only those who do well for themselves, can do well for others.

  • cricketsage on June 12, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Best to pay up otherwise from next season, there won't be a BPL, as ICC can impose sanctions to suspend it and possibly even BCB. Also ICC would not want to be linked to any tainted league least of all one that doesn't pay its players.

  • sam_m on June 12, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    What a joke. This is pretty unprofessional on the BCB's part as the guarantor. If according to its chief, it is one of the wealthiest boards in the world, why in the world have they not picked up the slack and paid the players? I know why... the tournament is done and over with, the profits are probably in or at least on the way!

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Tim may is not the president of the FICA he is the president of the BCCI !! so mr Tim what is your next step to not to happen the BPL 2??

  • Breaking_Point on June 12, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Finally i can say thanks kamal... But it seems that FICA is way too interested in BPL!! Though even $1 due must be paid to the players but it's clear that 90% is paid..& still Tim was talking like it was a big issue!! Not a single player formally complained to BCB,the parent body of BPL.isn't it surprising???why no foreigner complained to BCB????& the locals must also be paid quickly as said-(but honestly our local players won't mind the payment delay coz even $30/40000 is a huge sum in BD taka)...

  • on June 12, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Funny the article mentions 'several' players who haven't been paid by the BPL but doesn't mention any particular names besides the fact is that most of the top players have been paid and the only reason the few who haven't been paid is simply because this is the inaugural BPL and there were bound to be some mistakes but the good thing is like that article has mentioned is that the players who still haven't been paid will finally be paid. The expensive player of the BPL Afridi admitted that he has been paid so that's proof enough that BPL organisers and committees are keeping their word.

  • anoopshameed on June 12, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    So it turns out that the whole issue was real and that it was not a scheme to defame BPL by Tim May or BCCI or India or IPL or.... as some of the Bangladeshi fans felt :-) !

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  • anoopshameed on June 12, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    So it turns out that the whole issue was real and that it was not a scheme to defame BPL by Tim May or BCCI or India or IPL or.... as some of the Bangladeshi fans felt :-) !

  • on June 12, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Funny the article mentions 'several' players who haven't been paid by the BPL but doesn't mention any particular names besides the fact is that most of the top players have been paid and the only reason the few who haven't been paid is simply because this is the inaugural BPL and there were bound to be some mistakes but the good thing is like that article has mentioned is that the players who still haven't been paid will finally be paid. The expensive player of the BPL Afridi admitted that he has been paid so that's proof enough that BPL organisers and committees are keeping their word.

  • Breaking_Point on June 12, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Finally i can say thanks kamal... But it seems that FICA is way too interested in BPL!! Though even $1 due must be paid to the players but it's clear that 90% is paid..& still Tim was talking like it was a big issue!! Not a single player formally complained to BCB,the parent body of BPL.isn't it surprising???why no foreigner complained to BCB????& the locals must also be paid quickly as said-(but honestly our local players won't mind the payment delay coz even $30/40000 is a huge sum in BD taka)...

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Tim may is not the president of the FICA he is the president of the BCCI !! so mr Tim what is your next step to not to happen the BPL 2??

  • sam_m on June 12, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    What a joke. This is pretty unprofessional on the BCB's part as the guarantor. If according to its chief, it is one of the wealthiest boards in the world, why in the world have they not picked up the slack and paid the players? I know why... the tournament is done and over with, the profits are probably in or at least on the way!

  • cricketsage on June 12, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Best to pay up otherwise from next season, there won't be a BPL, as ICC can impose sanctions to suspend it and possibly even BCB. Also ICC would not want to be linked to any tainted league least of all one that doesn't pay its players.

  • Natesan333 on June 12, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    The check is in the mail !!! LOL BTW I don't want a single person complain how IPL is a money making machine etc., Remember, only those who do well for themselves, can do well for others.

  • borhans on June 12, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Fica is acting like after IPL players have many tournament that pays as much as BPL .Even 30% of BPL's money is more than those int players earn on a year .So FiCA shouldn't show so much arrogance when their players don't even get paid 10% in Canada tour .There is no market for cricket other than Indian,Bangladesh & few asian country .English tried failed ,Bigbash its not even that Big .So FICA atleast should show some patience to this new league .BCB worth thousand times more than FICA .FICA just don't know its standard

  • serious-am-i on June 12, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    to fellow bangladesh friends & fans: FICA is not an BCCI pet. If u remember well, FICA threatened BCCI and its policies quite a few times. I am not sure why u guys are claiming each time Afridi got paid, got paid. Single player getting paid doesn't mean every one got the amount. The high profile players might have got paid as they might skip future tournaments if they have delay in payments. Payments reach the regular and not so famous cricketers its they who need this cash desperately. BBL did well than BPL financially and TRP wise, so comparison levels have to be dropped down. ECB haven't tried this yet, some one claimed this failed in England. England tech committee are still planning about one & they haven't come to an conclusion of running it or not. Anyways the point over here is, if BCB can't handle payment issues promptly they must look for alternative or shut off BPL instead of ill-reputing the sport.

  • Redbacks_Bite on June 13, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    I am glad to know all the players will be paid. I just want to let them know that the payment will be in installments and they will get $50 a month..