Bangladesh news August 28, 2012

BCB enrolls 105 first-class cricketers

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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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  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | August 29, 2012, 23:51 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 22:27 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Good initiative by the BCB.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | August 29, 2012, 16:26 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?

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | August 29, 2012, 14:01 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.

  • POSTED BY RaffStarr on | August 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY SJ.Jannat on | August 29, 2012, 12:42 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 11:30 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.

  • POSTED BY MNHasan on | August 29, 2012, 10:47 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

  • POSTED BY Afsar22 on | August 29, 2012, 10:33 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.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | August 29, 2012, 23:51 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 22:27 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Good initiative by the BCB.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | August 29, 2012, 16:26 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?

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | August 29, 2012, 14:01 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.

  • POSTED BY RaffStarr on | August 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY SJ.Jannat on | August 29, 2012, 12:42 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 11:30 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.

  • POSTED BY MNHasan on | August 29, 2012, 10:47 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

  • POSTED BY Afsar22 on | August 29, 2012, 10:33 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.

  • POSTED BY MNHasan on | August 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Its a good initiative though I also want to see a pace bowling academy in BD. I am not quite sure why competitions like gp pacer hunt is off. We all know ball swings more in cold condition probably srimangal in sylhet is the coldest area in BD so i think we can make the pitch of sylhet stadium or making a stidum in srimangal & can make those pitches fast & bouncy

  • POSTED BY The-love on | August 29, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I don't think there is any lack of talent in bangladesh....Only thing required is to teach banga batsmen about their shot-selection..If they are able to cope with this,it won't take much for being next suprer power....

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | August 29, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 29 2012, 06:03 AM GMT) brother i completely differ with your views (in terms of payment issues).....I don't know what you do but i guess you don't know the economy context of BAN...... Where an MBA graduate starts his job in the range between 20000-40000 taka in BAN in that case GRADE A cricketers are getting 25000 taka just for being enlisted in BCB; plus match fees for playing NCL, BPL, Club cricket, District Cricket, Hire Cricket and so on.........Still its ridiculous from BCB's part????Sorry i deeply oppose your thoughts>>>>>>

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | August 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Last month they brought Saqlain Mushtaq as part time spin coach,before that Richard pybus with high payment with facilities and now central contract for district level players. Seems BCB really working well it help more to BD cricket. All the best.

  • POSTED BY TilokBhai on | August 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Good initiative but we also need good pitches where the pacers can bowl. Bangladesh has always been vulnerable to foreign pacers and pacer friendly wickets.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | August 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    That's ridiculous! A test playing nation is taking such initiative 12 yrs after getting TEST Status! That's y BD is still a kid in TEST Arena. In fact the amount of money is still low in comparison to National standard (yes, I say national. I don't expect International standard thr). The amount should b double or treble. BCB also should increase match fees. They can find 8 sponsors for 8 teams to ensure financial security. It's possible as cricket is part of culture in sub-continent. So business agglomerates of BD surely will sponsor those NCL teams. Just need another big step 4m BCB.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | August 29, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Its really a big milestone of our cricket history.........Thanx to BCB for doing so....I hope players will be now more on the serious side and BCB will be always on the clear side to pay the payment within the due date......Im really happy for the cricketers........Roar TIGERS Roar>>>>

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Kudos to BCB. It's a good move and I hope the board makes an effort to recruit more players from outside Dhaka. Also, BD needs to start finding more pace bowlers and perhaps provide greater incentive for players to take up fast bowling. Usually, most players wants to take up batting, because they can play for a longer period, unlike fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY slow.mo on | August 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Prepare better pitches now.

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | August 29, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Wish this will be a motivational factor for the players.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Probably the best news in BD cricket history. We also need enough Cricket facilities (viz. bat, ball, synthetic turf as pitch) in school and college level. However, better to put first step ....

  • POSTED BY Saif_I_Khan on | August 29, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Mr. Ahmed Hussain surely is going to be recognized as No.1 Bangladeshi fan in Cricinfo forum. Thanks for his commitment and analyses............. If you look at the long list.... it is very sad to see that there is no fast bowler on the fringe. Fast bowlers who are not in central contract, are either tried earlier in National Team or just doing enough to be in the list. I think we need to provide an EXTRA INCENTIVE to the FAST BOWLING category.... fast bowlers also have a shortish carrier than spinners or batsmen.. so they deserve special care.... hope we will be convinced towards this view.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    its a milestone decision for Bangladesh cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    This is a very good initiative taken by BCB. I think this a major step of bringing our domestic cricket into professionalism. Players will feel themselves insecure. Hopefully players now on play cricket seriously & don't take 4 day's matches as picnic party.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | August 28, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Encouraging news if you're a Bangladesh fan and believe that this is the first team to do such a big move. But I think Bangladesh's new coach Richard Pybus had a big part in that because as soon as he was declared the new coach of the Bangladesh national Cricket team, in his immediate press interview, he stated his primary goal was for Bangladesh to improve and develop in Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Mad_for_Shakib on | August 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    well done bcb but i think datz a tactics in front of BCB election

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | August 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Thanks BCB for the initiative. I hope this will help to strengthen the first class structure.

  • POSTED BY Breaking_Point on | August 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Indeed This is just the begining:-D that's a good amount of money. . . . . Players will surely take cricket seriously. . . . Apart from league earnings they will be paid by BCB as well :-) it will encourage the youngsters of BD & the Salary will also increase. . . . . . .NCL will no longer be a picnic league!!! Though i don't like Mr Kamal for his unproffesionalism but it's a revolutionary step!! Good work Mr.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    What really caught my interest was when the BCB President said below the photograph that "This is just the beginning" - I like his positive frame of mind and intent. Regardless, I like the fact that Bangladesh as a whole are taking their Cricket seriously now but next is to sort out pace bowling because its very bad but overall great move.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    What really caught my interest was when the BCB President said below the photograph that "This is just the beginning" - I like his positive frame of mind and intent. Regardless, I like the fact that Bangladesh as a whole are taking their Cricket seriously now but next is to sort out pace bowling because its very bad but overall great move.

  • POSTED BY Breaking_Point on | August 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Indeed This is just the begining:-D that's a good amount of money. . . . . Players will surely take cricket seriously. . . . Apart from league earnings they will be paid by BCB as well :-) it will encourage the youngsters of BD & the Salary will also increase. . . . . . .NCL will no longer be a picnic league!!! Though i don't like Mr Kamal for his unproffesionalism but it's a revolutionary step!! Good work Mr.

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | August 28, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Thanks BCB for the initiative. I hope this will help to strengthen the first class structure.

  • POSTED BY Mad_for_Shakib on | August 28, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    well done bcb but i think datz a tactics in front of BCB election

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | August 28, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Encouraging news if you're a Bangladesh fan and believe that this is the first team to do such a big move. But I think Bangladesh's new coach Richard Pybus had a big part in that because as soon as he was declared the new coach of the Bangladesh national Cricket team, in his immediate press interview, he stated his primary goal was for Bangladesh to improve and develop in Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    This is a very good initiative taken by BCB. I think this a major step of bringing our domestic cricket into professionalism. Players will feel themselves insecure. Hopefully players now on play cricket seriously & don't take 4 day's matches as picnic party.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    its a milestone decision for Bangladesh cricket...

  • POSTED BY Saif_I_Khan on | August 29, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Mr. Ahmed Hussain surely is going to be recognized as No.1 Bangladeshi fan in Cricinfo forum. Thanks for his commitment and analyses............. If you look at the long list.... it is very sad to see that there is no fast bowler on the fringe. Fast bowlers who are not in central contract, are either tried earlier in National Team or just doing enough to be in the list. I think we need to provide an EXTRA INCENTIVE to the FAST BOWLING category.... fast bowlers also have a shortish carrier than spinners or batsmen.. so they deserve special care.... hope we will be convinced towards this view.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Probably the best news in BD cricket history. We also need enough Cricket facilities (viz. bat, ball, synthetic turf as pitch) in school and college level. However, better to put first step ....

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | August 29, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Wish this will be a motivational factor for the players.