Bangladesh news July 1, 2012

BCB to give contracts to 120 players


In the first major step to decentralise the game in the country, the Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to give contracts to 120 cricketers from January next year. The proposal is to give one-year contracts to 15 players from each of the eight designated regions - Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rangpur, Dhaka and Dhaka Metropolis - to decentralise the game from its present Dhaka-centric state.

BCB president Mustafa Kamal made the radical announcement after an emergency board meeting. "We have decided to bring 120 cricketers under our umbrella by giving them contracts, which will include the national team players," Kamal said. "The aim is for grassroots development so there will be 15 cricketers from each of the eight regions. It will be effective from January next year, and we will also cover their insurance premium."

Kamal also informed that the board will spend Bangladeshi taka 35 million (US $ 430,000 approx.) annually on the contracts. The payment scale will depend on experience (one-four, five-seven and seven-plus years) while the selection will be based completely on performance.

Though Kamal didn't confirm any connection between this decision and the proposed franchise-based four-day competition from next season, it is apparent that these 120 cricketers will form the core of the first-class players in the tournament.

The board will also appoint eight former cricketers, preferably those who have played for Bangladesh, as cricket operations managers. "They will be salaried by the BCB but under one condition, they have to be former players from the region," Kamal said. "For example, someone from Rajshahi will be the operations manager for that region, not that of Sylhet, so that he can coordinate with everyone in that region."

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Faizul on July 3, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    This is no doubt a good idea and move. However, there must the top 3 tiers for the existing players in test, ODI and T20s. otherwise the seniors will not be encouraged to continue play good. You need their experience and contribution too.

  • Masud on July 3, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    This is a good move. However, what BD needs to do for developing grass roots - (i) Make sure that every highshools (each shool would be great) are having at least one Oval/ground where boys can play. (ii) These grounds must have 1 central turf and Nets with minimum three synthetic turf at the corner. Synthetic will give long lasting and economical. (iii) every distric and Thana/Union must have competition under one Upazialla an then district and then division. Every division should form a Emerging comets and establish a competition even with neighboring countries like India/Nepal. I visitied Bangladesh last year and surprised to see that school grounds have been demolished for buildings. We need at least retain ground but not demolishing. Every new uni or college or high school must have with a ground. If we can do that, we can be top ranked in next 20 years.

  • khaled on July 2, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    u know this is the best could ever happen for bd. very very gud move. this way a lot of shakib will be readying

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Correction- It should have been BCB and not BCCI.My sincere apology.

  • JOYNAL on July 2, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    This is really a good move by BCB. Probably this is good example in the world of cricket. Good going............

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Well,what a brilliant idea!!!-It is a first step in improving the much needed infrastructure and ground root level cricket.I can see the BCCI have identified some major problems and there a other issues which needs to be sorted out such as where a cricket match can suddenly be cancelled due to the fall out of opposing officials.It needs to be more professional,accountable and strictly managed.The BCCI also needs to invest heavily in training,money and set up a national cricket league with-in schools.It has to import Australian type of cricket pitches and ground staff along with Bangladeshi ground staff to succeed in finding genuine fast bowlers and improving on batsmen techniques.The most important of all,strict code of conduct must be applied in all aspect of the game.

  • Amjad on July 2, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    What is the Fee structure ?

  • maruf on July 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    a very good decision. thanks to kamal and all the members of bcc.

  • Zahirul on July 2, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    It's a bold move of having franchises for each region. Now I like to learn more about these franchises, whether they'll be autonomous or not, though it mentioned to be decentralized but I like to know how. Also, each franchise has to be funded equally for few initial years to build infrastructures including stadium & academy. Also, the franchise can manage sponsors independently to intensify their financial base for future. I like to see a proactive movement within the franchises. A brilliant initiative finally!

  • AKM on July 2, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    After long long time BCB seems to have taken a "good" decision. Few more deicsions that is essential to take our cricket to next level: 1. To make National League competitive, 2. Make "sporting" pitches all over the country (not slow tracks which helps spinners only), 3. Make Gym in Divisional at least, 4. Keep A Team, Academy Team, U19 and U17 busy by allowing them play more both in and outside the country, 5. Revive National Pace Bowling Academy, 6. An ex-player (or Bangladeshi) should be given the task of Asst National Coach so that they can hon their skill working behind world class coaches like Pybus. Last but not the least 7. Allow full freedom to the National Selector to Select whoever player they think suitable to serve the team.

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