Bangladesh news August 28, 2012

BCB enrolls 105 first-class cricketers


The Bangladesh Cricket Board has, for the first time, offered central contracts to 105 players from outside the national team, taking a major step towards decentralisation of the game from its present Dhaka-centric structure. The decision is aimed at increasing competition in the NCL, long called a "picnic tournament" because of the lack of seriousness among players preferring the Dhaka club circuit.

The list includes cricketers from each of the eight designated regions of the country - Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rangpur, Dhaka and Dhaka Metropolis - that take part in the NCL.

Cricketers with more than 11 years of first-class experience will be paid Tk 25,000 (approx $300) per month under Catergory A. Players with 6-10 years of experience will receive Tk 20,000 (approx $240) per month in Category B and Tk 15,000 (approx $180) per month in Category C for players who have played for 1-5 years. The 2012-13 domestic season will begin in the second week of October, but the contracts will be effective on January 1, 2013. These salaries will be in addition to the match fees that the players will continue to receive.

The BCB chief AHM Mustafa Kamal made the announcement at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur during a function attended by BCB directors, national selectors and some first-class players, who were handed the contracts.

"This is just the beginning. We have given the players the contracts and soon we will be able to put in place the infrastructure across the country," Kamal told ESPNcricinfo.

Hannan Sarkar, who has played 17 Tests, 20 ODIs and 92 first-class games, spoke on behalf of the players and talked about the need for such a system.

"We have waited a long time for such an initiative. We always wanted to be under the BCB's contracts. We thank them on behalf of the players," Sarkar said. "Every player now will want to be under the BCB's contract. This is a big recognition for a professional cricketer. The competition that I felt as a salaried national cricketer will be replicated at the first-class level."

"This is the start of a journey, so for those who are going to be enrolled in the future, it will be much better for them. And I also think the careers will be longer from now on," he said.

Former national captain Habibul Bashar, who is now a national selector, underlined the importance of this contract to the players. "From my personal experience, I have often seen that it is hard to motivate players in first-class cricket. We have talked about the lack of professionalism in this format, but from now on, I hope this question will never arise," Bashar said.

"The standard will be higher because everyone will be serious from this point onwards. I think this step will take Bangladesh cricket a long way ahead," he said.

First-class cricket began in Bangladesh in 1999 with the six divisional sides taking part in the NCL, which is now in its thirteenth season, and it is the only first-class competition in the country.

List of cricketers

Category A (playing experience of 11 years and above): Tk 25,000 ($300) per month.

Category B (playing experience between 6-10 years): Tk 20,000 ($ 240) per month.

Category C (playing experience between 1-5 years): Tk 15,000 ($180) per month.

Barisal: Shahin Hossain (category A); Syed Rasel, Nasiruddin Faruque, Shahfaq Al Zabir, Monir Hossain, Abul Bashar, Iftekhar Nayeem and Shahriar Nafees (category B); Ishraq Sonet; Tariqul Islam, Fazle Mahmud, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Bikash Sharma, Mohammad Sajib and Sohag Gazi (category C).

Chittagong: Nafees Iqbal and Faisal Hossain (category A); Aftab Ahmed, Gazi Salahuddin, Yasin Arafat, Kazi Kamrul Islam, Raihanuddin Arafat and Rezaul Karim (category B); Sadid Hossain, Mahbubul Karim, Mominul Haque, Iqbal Hossain Rony and Noor Hossain (category C); Tamim Iqbal and Nazimuddin (central contracts).

Dhaka: Imran Ahmed (category A); Mahbubul Alam, Hannan Sarkar, Mohammad Sharif, Anwar Hossain, Mosharraf Hossain, Uttam Sarkar, Raqibul Hasan and Shahadat Hossain (category B); Nazmul Hossain Milon, Rony Talukder, Saikat Ali, Taibur Rahman, Nazmul Islam (category C); Shuvagata Hom (central contract).

Dhaka Metro: Mohammad Ashraful, Tareq Aziz Khan, Arafat Sunny, Arafat Salahuddin, Nadif Chowdhury, Mehrab Hossain Jr, Talha Jubair, Shamsur Rahman, Marshall Ayub, Arman Hossain and Sharifullah (category B); Asif Ahmed and Tasamul Haque (category C); Elias Sunny and Mahmudullah (central contracts).

Khulna: Tushar Imran (category A); Nazmus Sadat, Sahagir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman and Nizamuddin (category B); Dolar Mahmud, Taposh Ghosh, Murad Khan, Mithun Ali, Anamul Haque (category C); Mashrafee Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak, Imrul Kayes and Rubel Hossain (central contracts).

Rajshahi: Anisur Rahman (category A); Mohammad Shahjada, Farhad Hossain, Junaid Siddique, Farhad Reza, Saqlain Sajib and Delwar Hossain (category B); Jubair Ahmed, Mizanur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mukhtar Ali, Sanjamul Islam (category C); Mushfiqur Rahim, Jahurul Islam and Shafiul Islam (central contracts).

Rangpur: Naeem Islam, Dhiman Ghosh, Sajidul Islam and Sohrawardi Shuvo (category B); Ariful Haque, Shuvashish Roy, Mahmudul Hasan, Tariq Ahmed, Tanveer Haider, Alauddin Babu, Saymon Ahmed, Naeem Islam Jr, AR Rahman Rony and Liton Das (category C); Nasir Hossain (central contract).

Sylhet: Rajin Saleh and Imtiaz Hossain (category A); Ezaz Ahmed, Tapash Baisya, Alok Kapali, Enamul Haque Jr, Nabil Samad, Golam Rahman, Golam Mabud and Robiul Islam (category B); Abul Hasan, Sayem Alam, Abu Jayed and Shaker Ahmed (category C).

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Sami on August 29, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Fast bowling needs to be the top priority now otherwise all that hard work and progress won't count for much and the only way to do that is to set up pace academies, fast, lively wickets (pitches) so it will encourage youngsters of Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Good move by BCB, but to get the best out of players maybe if they perform very amazingly for a long time, they will get reward of more money. Also they should do fast bowling hunting and also pace bowlers should get more money which will make people want to be a pace bowler and if the pace bowler does amazing for long time they should gets paid much more money than other bowlers.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Good initiative by the BCB.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 29, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @ Rafelgibt : U said MBA graduates start ( I repeat START) their job in the range in between 20000-40000 BDT. Will he get the same salary after 5-10 yrs? No. So the experienced FC cricketers (5-10 yrs & 10+ yrs of experience) should get more money! Again those MBA grads r the beginners. The best MBA grads get promotions quickly & r judged as best Business Administrator of their country. So their salaries r higher as well. Now, look at those 120 cricketers. They r the best cricketers in the country. So they should get more money to get financial safety when they r injured for few weeks in a season. I said that the salary should b DOUBLE at least. Is that a huge amount of money?

  • Enamul on August 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    BCB Please start the TALENT HUNT program from district to sub-district level ,specially to find some good technic batsmen andenuine g Fast bowlers, this will help BD to become a cricket super power in period of time. I will suggest BCB to open an Office at every division where a person can take his test to attract the attention by applying and payinga small fees OR BCB can organize test session at each quarter of every year. We need at least two full bench of quality players who can perform at international level.

  • md rafikul on August 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    i must thank bcb for this, but they are not organised yet.

  • Suraiya Jannat on August 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    This is an excellent decision, that BCB has made. They have taken the first step. This will improve BD cricket by large amounts.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Saif_I_Khan...Yes pace bowling is such a massive problem within Bangladesh Cricket I mean apart from Mashrafe Mortaza who I must give huge credit to for his valuable services since he made his debut, most of the other Bangladeshi fast bowlers are just plain ordinary and not many are willing to take up such a committing role. A large part of this is to be blamed on the pitches on Bangladesh because their pitches almost offers nothing for fast bowlers therefore potential fast bowling candidates did not take on such a role. Nazmul Hossain is another good bowler Bangladesh has but he doesn't have the express pace. Shafiul Islam bowling has improved can swing the ball but doesn't bother to improve his physique which is why such bowlers of ours get injured regularly. That's why I have always said Bangladesh will struggle to win Test matches against a team like Zimbabwe until this is sorted out which I must say, unless Bangladesh are lucky, will take a while to construct.

  • Nazmul on August 29, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @zain khan completely agree with you. One think i wanna say when we play here in BD there is hardly a spin bowler everyone bowls pace but in national team we see more spinner than pacers i have friend who plays club cricket said to me that a fast bowler has to train more or work much harder than a spinner or batsman & also pitches here are spin friendly so a guy works harder but still gets no reward loses interest & a youngstar growing up wants to become a batsman or a spinner thats why we can't really see quality fast bowler in BD

  • Afsar on August 29, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    A fantastic initiative by BCB. It will improve the performance and professionalism among cricketers outside the boundary of the national team. It will give something to the crickets who are always outside the national squad with a hope to get into the squad one day. BCB should also try to create more venues with more bouncy pitches. We desperately need more fast bowlers and more batsman who are more comfortable to take on world-class fast bowlers. BCB can gradually adopt the Cricket Australia's (for an example) approach - amazing Australia has a very rich collection of quality players who are no less than the national players and cricket is not even no.1 sports in Australia. It would be great if BCB can also creat a cricket academy with a world-class facility to focus on some really potential 'would-be-next star' players. We also need to creat an environment where ex-players will be inspired to open up their experience to help cricket at the grass-root level.

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