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Half my pay is missing - Ian Pont

Mohammad Isam

July 23, 2012

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Ian Pont, October 1, 2010
Ian Pont says he hasn't been paid fully by the BPL franchise he coached © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The payments issue of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has been stirred once again with Ian Pont, the Dhaka Gladiators coach during the inaugural season, claiming he has not received half the money due to him. Pont's allegation came two days after the six franchises missed the latest deadline - July 21 - to complete all payments.

"I am personally missing 50% of my contracted amount and others are still awaiting re-imbursement of flights, expenses and original fees," Pont wrote in an email. "Pieces of paper kept being produced showing bank transfers by the franchise, but they never took place. Players and staff have been given a whole host of excuses. Deadlines and promises remain broken.

"The franchise, run by the Chowdhury family, has just stopped communicating. It's not only very sad but totally unprofessional to run a business this way in my view."

However, Gazi Ashraf Hossain, the BPL governing council chairman, said that Pont had received his payment in full, though he wasn't aware of any other clauses in his contract.

"As far as I know, he [Pont] was the highest paid coach in the tournament and already got the full payment of $20,000," Ashraf said. "I don't know if there was a promise of any additional amount in the contract. If such a thing exists, I will still say that our priorities are player payments and tax issues. We will look into his claim afterwards."

In response, Pont wrote another e-mail: "I don't really wish to talk about specific sums as they are and should be private. I can confirm that I have received half the amount stated in my contract. I don't get the obsession with the amounts. If someone is owed a dollar, they are owed money."

Pont also claimed some Dhaka Gladiators' players were willing to boycott their semi-final against Khulna Royal Bengals because they were not being paid. "The overseas players came to me and we had an emergency meeting where it was felt that boycotting the semi-final was a genuine option," he said. "So much money was missing that the guys didn't know what else they could try. But the players did not want to let the BPL down or the fans, which was the right thing to do.

"I am amazed we remained focused enough to win the whole competition and it's a testament to the players - overseas and local - when the only talk was about payments. It was hard to concentrate on the cricket with such an enormous distraction. After all, this is not simply a game for the players and staff, but it is their living."

Pont said he'd like to work in the BPL again but would quit the Dhaka franchise. "I anticipate returning to hopefully win the BPL again. It just won't be with the Shihab Trading Company's franchise. The fact is you cannot have players worrying if they are going to get their money. It just sends the wrong message."

Ashraf was disappointed with the irregular payments after the franchises missed yet another deadline. "We are a little frustrated with the payment issue. It would be nice for us if we could finish the inaugural tournament without any controversies, but still we have five months in hand before the next event to solve all the issues.

"We have got verbal assurance from some franchises. Actually most of the franchises are now focusing on the revenue issue. You know a huge financial deal was involved in the event, so it's not unlikely that they face some setback. I think we are in a learning process which will help us to arrange the next edition smoothly."

When asked whether the BPL would take tough action against a franchise that failed to settle the issue, Ashraf said: "The governing council will review all the things before taking any action. We hope the franchises can understand everything, so we are not in hurry."

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

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Posted by Sakthiivel on (July 25, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

BPL1 No salary and BPL2 all international player will surely get salary.. Sure.. 100%..No worries..

Posted by gunnerr4life on (July 25, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

That is why i think that there will be no BPL season 2 ... We are hearing these payment issues for a long time now , so how can they expect foreign players and staff to come and play when there is no guarantee that they will be fully paid ?

Posted by shibuvin on (July 25, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

My Bangladeshi friends! Please be very clear that, BPL is NOWHERE near to the IPL. Players are willing to sign IPL contract for more than 5 years, as It's a mega business and fortune for them. But, BCCI and the IPL franchises are not willing for longer contract. Whereas, BPL is a flop already, Because No Indian players participated. And foreign players are willing for only minimal contract. Not a long term one. PLEASE UNDERSTAND and stop comparing with IPL.

Posted by cricketfannik on (July 25, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

but i think they will pay problem is they are not responding or saying anything like this no overseas will come to play here. atleast SRilankan baord responded and said to its players they will be paide soon but BPL guys and BCB not even replying which is kinda unprofessional and shameful

Posted by cricketfannik on (July 25, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

not good at all shameful. dont try to copy something u cant do

Posted by Legaleagle on (July 24, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh!! Whenever you try to copy something, at least put some mind to it.

Posted by amitpat79 on (July 24, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

This is not good sign .. wonder if they gone have another season BANGLADESH PREMIER LEAGUE

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 24, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

@saleh ya there was problem with rcb payment. But see the amount rcb is playing and BPL to their players. Big difference. For such small amount also they can't play. Here comes end of Bpl

Posted by nazmulrana on (July 24, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

BCB showed how much unprofessonal are they. we feel shame for it .

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

guys.. just be patient... and indians u forgot how RCB treating Vettori and the whole team ?? this BPL has not only helped the bangladesh natinal team but also the pakistani national team. so many pakistani players have got chance after good performance in BPL. so BPL was effective for players and the franchises both. our share market is not strong thats why facing some problems. but we are optimistic.

Posted by serious-am-i on (July 24, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

I really don't know how long these payment issues are going to be dragged on. I am not exactly sure what BCB is doing ? Aren't they the ones who are handling BPL directly ? Why can't BCB own up responsibility and assure those who are un-paid that they would be paid at least by the board if franchises fail to pay up, at least over then we will not have such an appalling mess. Let the buck stop here & stop comparing with IPL, both the issues are totally different.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (July 24, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

agree with @streetblader..

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

why can't BPL franchises make the full payment to the players and coaches, which is creating a massive distraction between the players and the coaches .......... such criticism even affects the whole country not only the BCB or the franchises. ............we hope this problems gets clear as soon as possible and in future this mistake should not occur further again.......

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

some indian fella forget what happened to royel challenger baglores lately. go chk how much they due to the players before write a negative comments here put some butter on your own machine first before polish others

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@davidc1984... Finally someone speaking some sense!! How can you criticize someone for inquiring about monies due to him for a job already completed?? Would you like it if your boss keeps half of your salary?? And to Mr. Gazi Ashraf Hossain... You clearly say in this statement that you are not sure about Mr. Ponts contract arrangement's, then why are you saying he was paid in full??? Please get your facts straight before making public statements like these and trying to discredit the gentleman!!!

Posted by mashrurR on (July 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

well done mr. ashraf and bpl co.! Instead of barking at the franchise, they are questioning Pont. That's also in an unprofessional way........ As a bangladeshi I am embarrassed by this BPL from the beginning. It's been running by some amature people.. There is no shortage of qualified & skillful people in BD, but again there is no shortage of politics & biasedness also..

Posted by yoohoo on (July 24, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

Just goes to show, how well BCCI has managed the IPL. There are always issues and controversies, but most of the major things (like payments etc.) were handled well. It is easy to criticize, not so easy to do these things.

regarding BPL, I think the franchises are realizing that the revenues are not as high as they thought. If that is the case, and even the BPL winner (with the extra prize money) cannot meet payments, then BPL will have trouble attracting international talent from next year.

Posted by Selassie-I on (July 24, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

I'm fairly sure that most players wouldn't be playing in the IPL if they didn't get paid for it. Certainly not the foregin ones, why would you spend your valuable time off, which you're already being paid for, playing T20 for no money?

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Let us just leave it.. BPL is here to stay.. They will do the needful to keep their image in tact.. IPL have seen so many such things and even bigger ones.. Though BCB is not as big as BCCI, they will certainly improve the things for good..

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (July 24, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

hahaha half of his pay is missing ..and well done bangladesh!

Posted by Sakthiivel on (July 24, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@ Shah Mohammad Sayeed : When you do big mistakes you wont have the 2n edition to correct.

Posted by davidc1984 on (July 24, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

I'm amazed at the number of comments criticising Pont for speaking out! I'm sure all of your employers are happy to know that you don't mind whether or not you get paid.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Bangladesh Board and franchises are being unprofessional !!! I think they dont want to host such event next year!

Posted by shibuvin on (July 24, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

I don't see a point why the BCB is harassing the players like this. If they don't have enouhg money, why do they conduct a such tournament? They are trying to Copycat IPL. But IPL is the richest one and all the world class players would love to play even their payment is delayed. But SLPL, BPL and the Pak League are third class tournement, where players willing to play only their payment is properly made. So Grow up, Guys>>>>>>>>

Posted by streetblader on (July 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Thats what happens, when beggars start to dine out in expensive restaurants.. The idea of copying a cash-rich concept like IPL must have sounded too good to the bangladesis.. Only, it was too good to be truel...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

this fella got fully paid i am wandering why he yelling at ?? no players have officially complained about payment but this dud got fully paid but still saying he did nt paying enough why he didnt mention about the amount he due . i guess this kind of behave is not appreciable and he should not be welcome to the country for the next edition of BPL

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

This league has been a complete flop. No proper rules, schedule grounds. Disgraceful behaviour by the franchises no to pay the players. Lets see how many foreign players come next time. The BCB should pay off the players and deal with the franchises on their own.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

That's what happens when a cricket board which can't make proper arrangements for first class cricket in 15 odd years tries to organise such a tournament. ICC should banish BCB forever.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (July 24, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Well that concludes the official sad ending of 1st & last BPL season.....

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Come on world !! this was very 1st edition of BPL, Yes there were few mistakes n the biggest one is payment issue, Yes i am sure that every thing will be fine from next edition. BPL should be allowed few years to be strong particularly with payment issues.

Posted by siponus2007 on (July 24, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

noone should contract him for coach in next bpl since he outbrast about bpl , bangladesh is the second richesr cricket board in the world , bcb said they have the money bak guranteed what else do u expect , anyways pont shouldnt done that , i hope they dont call pont for next season

Posted by   on (July 24, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

biggest mistake was by bcb was they didnt sign them for atleast 2 years , even ipl sign the palyer for 3 years where they paying only 50 to 100 thousand , but bangladesh paid too much on that giving 50000 on base price for regular player , i just hope next time they contract the players for atleast 2 yeras

Posted by Legaleagle on (July 24, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

BCB's bank guarantee is based on foreign aid- Bangladesh need to spend its OWN money to be able to pull off such a small tournament like BPL. Forget about comparing it to IPL. Salary of one icon IPL player is equal to the TOTAL money that was spent in BPL.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

Everyone wants to be the IPL it is not easy....

Posted by reyme on (July 23, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

BCB has the bank guarantee, everyone will be paid fully, no doubt about it. But sooner that happens, better it is for everyone.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

without a doubt all staff and players should be paid fully from bpl~Mitu

Posted by Breaking_Point on (July 23, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

Now that's really dissapointing!!!!!

Posted by fr600 on (July 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

As Mustafa Kamal said, if franchaise don't pay, BCB will... so don't worry Mr. Pont, you get paid no matter what. Something must have gone terribly wrong.

Posted by cairo on (July 23, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Its very bad image for BPL.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I believe the BPL is not the right option for a T20 League. If Bangladish can't afford it then don't run this show. just simply stay away from it. Or maybe do it domestically and say this is only for enhancing local players cricketing skills, therefore this league will be played for free without paying to anyone a TAKA.

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