Bangladesh news December 20, 2012

Pollard among nine overseas withdrawals from BPL auction


Nine foreign cricketers, including West Indies' Kieron Pollard, have withdrawn from the Bangladesh Premier League player auction that will be held today in Dhaka. The BPL governing council, however, has also added two overseas players to the auction - West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels, and Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Pollard played for Dhaka Gladiators, last season's champions, and this year he was in the golden category, which has a salary between $75,000 and $150,000. England batsman Michael Lumb, who was in category A, also pulled out. The other players to withdraw were Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe), Cameron Merchant (New Zealand), James Taylor and Ed Young (England), Michael Smith (South Africa), Fawad Alam (Pakistan) and Chesney Hughes (West Indies).

Pakistan seamer Yasir Arafat, Netherlands allrounder Ryan Ten Doeschate and England allrounder Peter Trego were included in category A, while in category B, Aaron O'Brian (Australia) and Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan) were late entries. Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum, from New Zealand, were also added.

Adnan Raza (Pakistan), Carlton Baugh (West Indies), Chris Schofield (England), Sean Ervine (Zimbabwe), Kaushal Lokuarachchi (Sri Lanka) and Taijul Islam (Bangladesh) were in category C.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    It looks like lot of Indian and Pakistani supporters got problems with BPL - although for completely different reasons. I would only say, if you do not like it, do not follow. But do not say stupid things online, that does not make either you or your team better. Will BPL succeed? Time will say. It has some payment issues which are getting resolved but it does not have betting going what made IPL 1 a shame. Besides, BD is not asking anyone to play or hogging ICC window either. Some comments are really poor from fans of countries who were playing cricket for almost a century and still did not learn the moral of it.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @Karym - Bro, did you see India England match that just finished? We saw one world class Indian fielder to slip the match through his hands. Don't speak rubbish when you don't even care to watch BPL. The contribution of BD players in recent SPL should not be forgotten either. Or for KKR, think of Shakib's contribution to get a peace of heart.

  • Abdullah on December 22, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @Crikoot, Thank you so much for the complement, people who criticize BD cricket team, I doubt it if they watch BD matches with other teams. There is almost always a tough fight, its not that they are giving away matches. Yes, there are some unfortunate moments, but that mishap happened to the entire cricket giant in the world. Exceptions cannot be an example. You need a little bit of luck too in cricket and of course experience is a must. They should watch the match before criticizing.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    'I agree with Ashes, just too many Pakistani players, don't understand why BPL tries to be as close to the IPL when really it can't. This could turn out to be a disaster seems BCB and franchises have still not learnt, no wonder our Cricket has been progressing so slowly because of people behind the scenes who know nothing about Cricket and how to seriously become better.' totally agree with u mate@ExtremeSpeads

  • Shahid on December 21, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    @Tushar35, your observation is one of the best -- our political leaders should stay out of Cricket. Please ignore people who criticize Bangladesh team too much. At times constructive criticism is healthy too -- so take it positively, we don't have to be defensive.

  • Abdullah on December 21, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam, get the politicians out from BCB, involve only crickers in management, BD will become one of the best team in Cricket Arena, wheather it is test or limited overs. I am also urging Hasina and Khaleda to stay out of it. You have so many other areas to fulfill your nasty dreams. Please don't kill it, let the tigers roar.

  • Abdullah on December 21, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @mazii, what do you mean by world class cicketer and who did you meant as a world class cricketer. If you meant, Tedulkar, Bradman, Viv, Gordon, Lara, Malcom Marshall, Rahul Dravid, Azhar Uddin, Imran, Wasim, Zahir Abbas, Sayeed Anwar and the list goes on........well my friend, they are legends. Those countries are blessed with those legends. You just can't compare with one another. Other ones who are currently playing in the national team of India or Bangladesh are talented, I would not say they are ordinary. Among all of them Virat Kohli is outstanding, otherwise I do not see much difference between India or Bangladesh team. Think 100 times before you hurt others feelings with a comment. If you have good suggestion for BD team, express it, don't try to humiliate BD team or supporters. Grow up people.

  • Shipu on December 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @Reaz Uddin Ahmed:- I agree but are Bangladesh playing enough tests? so really no point and can't blame them but I do agree we need to sort out our first class structure fast. Honestly Bangladesh don't deserve test status but a country with more than a 100 million people that love the game and the amount of teams that play test Cricket, there's very little you can do. I personally think ICC and BCB need to come together and discuss such issues so that Bangladesh become a decent test side.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think Bangladesh Cricket Board must focus on Test Match than BPL.

  • King on December 20, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Majii@ I am half agree with you that Bangladeshi's consistency in international cricket. But Their lies many reasons to be inconsistent. You see Bangladesh Play on an average only 12 to 17 OID matches and 2 to 5 Test Matches each year while big team like India, Australia, England play 20 to 25 OIDs and 8 to 10 Tests each year. And I am not agree with that Bangladesh doesn't have quality world class cricketers apart from Sakib Though it' a very young team players are aged under 25 and experience under 8 years. Experience is not enough to fight in an international format. So Age is a big Factor because age gives maturity. Other big team's players are Matured and experienced. So please don't thing negative towards Bangladesh. During it's inception Bd's performance were not up to the mark so the limit of criticism were also very high but now they much balanced team. And I hope after 2 to 4 years later Bangladesh would be in such position that they will be much consistent.

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