Bangladesh Premier League news October 18, 2012

BPL yet to pay 54 players

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Fifty-four players, including six foreigners, who played the first season of the Bangladesh Premier League are still without full payments from the six franchises, more than seven months after the tournament concluded. Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB), the players' representative body in the country, has put together the updated list of unpaid BPL cricketers and this is the first time any such list has been published.

The unpaid foreign players are Kieron Pollard, Azhar Mahmood, Alexei Kervezee and Darren Stevens (Dhaka Gladiators), Niall O'Brien and Herschelle Gibbs (Khulna Royal Bengals) and Muttiah Muralitharan (Chittagong Kings). Gibbs told ESPNcricinfo: "I have not been paid the full amount." But the South Africa batsman didn't disclose what percentage of payment he was still owed by the Khulna franchise. A source close to Muttiah Muralitharan has confirmed that he hasn't received 75% of his full payment, which amounts to $75,000.

On the list there are 48 Bangladesh cricketers who haven't been paid fully, of which five were icon players. Tamim Iqbal, the Chittagong Kings' icon player for the inaugural season, had said earlier this week that he hadn't received any payments.

CWAB general secretary Debabrata Paul said that their updated list was the result of a second survey completed a week ago, and a number of players have been completely remunerated between their first survey (conducted three months after the BPL ended) and the latest one.

"BPL had outlined their players' payment system, which stated that the final payment would be made a maximum of 20 days after the completion of the tournament," Paul said. "But when we conducted our first survey, we asked every local player, except one. We carried out the last survey a week ago and found out that there were players who got paid fully. But still, 48 local players remain unpaid. We have sent letters to the BCB but still this situation persists.

"I would also ask the players to be aware of their rights. If they open up about how much they are owed, it becomes easier for CWAB to fight on their behalf."

Chittagong Kings have the least number of unpaid players (seven); Dhaka Gladiators have the most with eleven. Duronto Rajshahi and Khulna Royal Bengals have ten each on the list, Sylhet Royals and Barisal Burners have eight apiece. The franchises from Sylhet, Rajshahi and Barisal have completed payments to all their foreign players but have been lax with the locals. Most players have said that they have regularly tried to contact team owners regarding the outstanding payments of late, but received vague responses.

Last week BPL chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain had said that franchises that do not clear all their dues to players by October 20 will be re-auctioned on November 9.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • warneneverchuck on October 20, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    according to me no 1 league. IPL. No 2 IPL. No3 IPL. No 4 bbl. I don't know if any more leagues are played or not

  • TheBlackMonk on October 19, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    @Indian sponsors: name me one sponsor financing in BPL or in any club?

  • Dreamscrapper on October 19, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    As this is the first edition of BPL, such problems are natural to occur. We remember some payment problems also happened in the IPL-1. So i hope they'll soon overcome this jinx and BPL will surely shine.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Lol..these copy cat tournaments like BPL SLPL cannot emulate the success of IPL as bangladesh and srilanka is no INDIA..lolz

  • himohan007 on October 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    @TD_160: How do u say SLPL made profit with empty grounds. How do u expect people to watch Munavira type domestic player and B-grade international players contest. It was also a poor show as like BPL

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on October 19, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I'm bored of reading those payment articles of ""PREMIER LEAGUES'' of Asian top cricket sides. IPL still have some problem with franchisee issues. But BPL issue is most embarrassing. No wonder to see that the most unprofessional cricket board among full members launched such T20 league most unprofessionally. Unfortunately SLPL is also following the same path.

  • AravindSRT on October 19, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @Gappistan Sake of cricket? Kidding right?

  • Gappistan on October 19, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @Akshaythekaxk Please remember he is the Number one all rounder, he doesn't need money, he is only playing for the sake of cricket. World cricket needs such no 1 all rounders.

  • British_North_America on October 19, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Actually the seven foreign players are counted, many of the local players are satisfied with what they got.

  • Baundele on October 19, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    BPL is a by product of IPL. Although these teams are officially Bangladeshi team, the financial side is heavily dependent on Indian sponsors.

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