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BCB committee suggests better structured domestic season

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 1, 2012

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BPL franchises face tax issues

  • The National Board of Revenue in Bangladesh has frozen the bank accounts of Shihab Trading Company, the firm that bought the ticket-selling rights for the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and owns one of the league's franchises, the Dhaka Gladiators.
  • "We have asked our officials to attach, or freeze, all bank accounts of Shihab Trading Company after they failed to pay us any of the tax levied on the BPL's ticket sales," Kanon Kumar Roy, director general of Directorate of Inspection (Taxes), said. "We asked them to pay 5% of all ticket sales, which amounted to Tk 2.25 crore [$275,000 approx]. They insisted it was Tk 2.16 crore [$265,000 approx], but they haven't paid any money as tax."
  • In response, Shihab Trading Company chairman Salim Chowdhury told Ekattor TV: "I think there has been a miscommunication. The tickets that we gave to the BCB [to distribute] are worth Tk 20-22 crore, so those tickets can't be taxed."
  • Also, Roy said, till now, only one out of the six BPL franchises have met tax requirements. "One franchise [unnamed] has been forthcoming, but the rest haven't followed their lead."

The cricket operations committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has suggested that the domestic first-class competition, the National Cricket League (NCL), be completed before the commencement limited-overs tournaments in the 2012-13 season. A final decision on the recommendation will be taken a board meeting on August 6.

The 2012-13 domestic calendar, for the main local competitions, looks quite structured at this early stage of discussion: The first-class competition has been scheduled to begin in early October, running till mid-January, after which the cricketers will take a break and then play the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from mid-February. The one-day Dhaka Premier League (DPL) tournament is slated to begin in March and run till May.

"The committee has recommended that after completing the NCL, there will be the BPL and the DPL. If the national cricketers are not available during the one-day competition, we will not be using the players' pool," the BCB spokesman, Jalal Yunus, said on Wednesday.

The cancellation of the players' pool would mean that the DPL clubs are no longer bound to pick three current national cricketers each, as they won't be available during the time - Bangladesh are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in March and Zimbabwe in April next year.

The 2011-12 domestic calendar took on a disorganised air, after the BCB's decision to stop the NCL, which had begun in October, with just one match remaining in its second round. The DPL then began, only to be interrupted by the BPL in February. Though the NCL was eventually completed in April, the DPL dispute added to the scheduling confusion. The season ended in June, the longest it has run.

A proposal for a franchise-based four-day domestic competition will also be discussed at the meeting on August 6. Currently, negotiations with various companies interested in buying franchises for the proposed tournament are on.

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Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (August 2, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

bd shuld improve their 1st class structure

Posted by Raiyan24r on (August 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

@legaleagle-'very low salary money for players,'ROFL.the salary of the players seem low to you.LOL again.your IPL has more money than cricket.But BPL is pure entertainment with cricket.LOL,LOL,LOL.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 2, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Bangladesh should have only 7 teams Rangpur Div should be scrapped, Than this teams should play domestic cricket with four rounds i.e evry team will play each other 4 times, it will help players to improve there battng in particular season and also having 7 teams means one team will get rest every week as another 6 teams will be playing at the moment and less the number of teams more is the competion and vice-versa eg Australia have only 6 teams whereas India my country have more 27 teams. And make compulsory International players to play in this matches whenever there is no International fixture. Same should be followed for ODI and T-20 and at the end of the season The champions should Play Rest of the Bangladesh for 3 matches. More the matches more the competion will be seen and everyody will fight for that Bangladesh test cap.

Posted by Meety on (August 2, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

@M_Rakibul_Islam "...they rather prefer Dhaka League (DPL) - exactly right, & since the Board pay their players a salary - they should tell them to play in the FC comp. I believe that Bangladesh should have no more than 6 teams for the time being. If you had all the test players playing, each week the standard should be reasonable. Oz only has 6 teams, you play 10 games in a season. Bangladesh should use that model, the 8 teams they have is too much. I thought it was almost criminal that the test players did not play prior to the Pakistan tour - a whole month without proper cricket & it showed! @Satan_in_Game - the FC structure as is is reasonable (although I believe should be reduced to 6 teams), the issue is the Test players MUST play when there is no International conflict. The reason being, the players who are on the fringe of the test team get to play against test quality players & they have to work harder for their wickets & runs. The Test players get "battle hardened" too!

Posted by   on (August 2, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Well this is most certainly very encouraging news if you're a Bangladesh fan, its a start but I still think its not good enough. As for this BPL, yes its actually true it was a poorly organised event but it wasn't actually suppose to happen this year and the management actually set it up at the last minute but nevertheless the matches were still very good. As for these payment issues, yes I too agree that its simply pathetic that still not all the staff and players haven't been paid yet and has to be readdressed soon and make sure something like this never happens in future events. But the fact is guys that most of these players have been paid but still I really want to see improvements in next years BPL. Yes of course financially the BPL or in fact or the other T20 Franchises Leagues put together are still not an inch close to IPL they all know that but the fact is these T20 leagues will be beneficial for them and help its nation improve on its Cricket.

Posted by SpitFire on (August 2, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

@Legaleagle Seriously bro, get a life, if it doesn't have audience outside Bangladesh, plz don't comment... "My India is Big" & "My India is Reach" & "Mera bharat Mahan" type of attitude should be kept with yourself only, If you want respect, try to respect others... and then remember me when you get the respect back. They didn't say they are unable to pay the taxes, they said they DIDN'T pay the taxes. Don't scream its a tiny tournament and all, despite Indian players' willingness of playing in BPL, BCCI refused to send players, coz they were scared BPL might get popular. So please .. ok? only use Indian cricket articles for your valuable comments

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 2, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

@ Meety: In fact cricketers r not eager to compete in NCL, they rather prefer Dhaka League (DPL). DPL isn't a List A tournament at all & being played in only Dhaka's grounds. Money is the main factor as DPL pays higher salary to players than NCL. If BCB can launch franchise based FC competition like SA or ZIM , then players will attend it eagerly as there will b money in it. A Picnic Cricket type NCL hurts BD's progress in TEST. Players rather chose 1-day & T-20 leagues for this reason.

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (August 2, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

@Meety: I fairly agree with you. The First Class (FC) culture in BD is not developed that strongly yet and most of the players in National Team who actually got chance in NT playing little FC matches, might have prompted other players to do similar and concentrate more on limited tournaments. The issue is fairly financial as clubs like to earn from limited overs and so always bargain to include star players even from outside. Now if BCB reinforces clubs/franchises playing more FC cricket irrespective of including NT players, there's a good chance of building a strong Test Team. Also, whenever a country visits BD, the whole running league gets postponed on this excuse, this should be avoided!

Posted by Meety on (August 2, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

@SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u - this IMO, is a positive move by the Banga Board. As an outsider watching Bangladesh cricket with interest, (actually consider myself a supporter & am Ozzy), I have felt the Bangladesh players preparation has let them down badly over the last year or two. I believe that Bangladesh has uncovered enuff young/new talent to compete keenly with sides in the sub-continent, but their test results have not backed this. IMO - one of the fundamental reasons last year was, between the WIndies tour (which Bangladesh looked to improve in), there was approximately a month before Pakistan toured. In that time, all but one of the Banga players failed to play a single domestic FC match, they played club cricket even whilst their FC comp was in progress. One player played in the FC comp, - Nazzimuddin & look how he performed against Pakistan! He did well because he was PREPARED by playing in the long format. Bangladesh shot themselves in the foot last season IMO.

Posted by reyme on (August 2, 2012, 1:15 GMT)

@Legaleagle: Seriously! Pls get your facts right at least from the current article! Its not $20K, its $275K. See the difference, thats 15 times, and its for ticket sales only. Lowly paid? Afridi was sold for $700K and Gayle sold for $560K and is fully paid long time ago. Who pays that much for a 10 match per player tournament? Thats like $70K per match. Even IPL dont pay much. Compared to BPL, SLPL salary is tiny, not other way around. Do you even know who played in the BPL? Do you know from Mumbai Indians coaching staff to some of the best coaches in the world were involved with BPL? And it was just the 1st edition, so few issues were bound to happen specially since it was so hastily organized. We should all award you honorary fan of BD cricket for caring BD cricket so much! Afterall a lot of your daytime energy is spent on evaluating BD cricket.

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