Bangladesh news June 12, 2012

BPL set to pay remaining dues to foreign players

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Suj 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

  • Sanket 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ;)

  • saqib on June 13, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Must be paid as soon as possible

  • Jabar on June 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT

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

  • yogi 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.

  • John 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.

  • Dummy4 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 just Chill FICA. :)

  • Andrew 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.

  • Javed 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..

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