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Pollard among nine overseas withdrawals from BPL auction

Mohammad Isam

December 20, 2012

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Nine foreign cricketers, including West Indies' Kieron Pollard, have withdrawn from the Bangladesh Premier League player auction that will be held today in Dhaka.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.

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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by tushar35 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Crikoot 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.

Posted by tushar35 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.

Posted by tushar35 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.

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

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

Posted by ReedJ 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.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (December 20, 2012, 12:59 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.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (December 20, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@mazii - "One win here and there"??? - yes that was a long time back but beating England, New Zealand, South Africa, India, West Indies, Sri Lanka in the past 2 years does not look like 'here' and 'there' please keep updated if you're that interested in Bangladesh Cricket. Amazing so man fans of other teams still think Bangladesh is the same old Bangladesh who haven't progressed one bit but you will see in the next 2-3 years just how regularly at least in limited overs they will beat the top teams. Test Cricket however will still be a problem as Bangladesh don't focus enough of it I'm afraid and play very little but they have improved somewhat and that's the best way to go about it for now, there's no quick fix.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

@mazii...Your point? its not like Bangladesh had full status for over 80 years or something like most of the other teams. I think you need to read a bit of Cricketing history because these things have been raised over and over again and answered in so many occasions. The fact is Bangladesh have the youngest of all players and the players of the other teams have retired and starting to retire so how you really think these inexperience young replacements will be able to take on our experience young players with ease? I don't think so. Bangladesh are starting to produce very good young Cricketers like Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi and Anamul Haque who was the top run scorer at the Under-19 World Cup and scored a 120 against West Indies in his second game last series. How come England, South Africa and New Zealand still haven't won the World Cup? exactly! Kenya reached semi-finals mainly due to bye-pass.

Posted by mazii on (December 20, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Did anyone know that even Kenya qualified for World cup Semi Finals. O.K Sorry that I posted my comment without any prior research. I apologize for that. But my point is simple that why Bangladesh is taking hell of a time in producing World class cricketers. Name any cricketer that had the credentials of becoming even a good cricketer. I admit that Shakib is World class all rounder. But apart from Shakib who is World class in this current Bangladeshi team? Bangladesh has been erratic since its inception. One win here and there then went into oblivion- this has been the case with Bangladesh cricket. I hope that Bangladesh will come out better this time around, but what is not certain is their consistency.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 20, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Having 20 players in each squad is simply too long and unnecessary, 16 is enough especially when a lot of these players won't get a game. Far too many Pakistani players and should've recruited more quick bowlers. Also shouldn't the Bangladesh players most of them be playing for their locals? Isn't Shakib supposed to be injured? skipping International matches but fine to play in these matches, no wonder his rating points has dropped significantly.

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 20, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Far too many players in each squad and the money is still too much to be paid on time. I have a funny feeling that deja vu will happen all over again and will seriously jeopardise the next edition.

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 20, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@BrianCharlesVivek:- Its not like these smaller leagues have a billion people and a staggering amount of investors. It was actually BPL which gave our players a whole new level of confidence. Fact is it helps our Cricketers and board financially even if its not anywhere close to IPL :P

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

No one can beat bangladesh anymore in odi , bcz they are stronger than ever

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (December 20, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

It's a Poor Man's IPL...Bangladesh can concentrate on how to focus on test matches and ODI than spending on these leagues.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

Though Pollard has scored a modest 40 recently in Aus, he is not very consistent. I don't think it's a loss. Gayle, Samuels, Roach...BPL needed those players.

Posted by captainpermod on (December 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

In Cricketing terms, its a loss of local players for not being able to share dressing room with good foreign players. Lot of things can be on offer spending time with these sports personalities. In commercial terms, yes, its a huge loss if you loose a star player like Pollard. BPL need more and more star players from round the world with the aim to have competitive cricket. Nabeel Afghan!! you are right, BPL should benefit from Afghan power. In the likes of Imran Khan, Moin Khan, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Yousuf pathan and Shahid Afridi are reflevtive of the fire which this nation has so authorirites of BPL please consider Afghan players as well. Zadran, Hamid, Shahzad, Nabi are players who need plateform to express themselves.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (December 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

The problem with BPL is that it is soley dependent on Pakistani players as Bangladeshi crowd's favourites have/will always be Pakistani players. This offcourse has a lot to do with the history of B'desh and mutual bonds. However, the attitude of Bangaldeshi board/ppl has let many Pakistanis down. B'deshi board has been trying(begging rather) for India to visit in India, but nothing has eventuated. Pakistani has not only played the most vital part in B'desh premature test status, but they also have played B'desh like any other team. Pakistan does not share those cultural bonds with Sri Lanka, but SL board is a prime example of supporting Pakistan. Cricket will and has survived without Banagldesh but it would not without Pakistan.Pakistan's premier league will only need Pakistani players and a bunch of SL players to be successful as Pakistani crowd even shows up in huge numbers for domestic T20. Same can not be said for BPL. IPL was never the same as it was when Pakistani players played!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Arent the PAk players playing in all the leagues except the IPL!!!!

Posted by antu617_hena on (December 20, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

@mazii, please comment after checking the facts. Bangladesh were at 2nd round by knocking out india! in 2011 BD also were in good position and for head to head WI qualified having same point. had WI won last match with england BD would through 2nd round. Also in first T20 BD were in 2nd round beating WI. Dont make any comment by guessing please. And uin recent year 2012 BD rocz..

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (December 20, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

To all who think BPL will be successful without Pakistani players:

You pull Pakistani players out and no one will watch the league even on T.V. and that's including BD supporters..

Posted by vithur1507 on (December 20, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Bangladesh, Bangladesh and more Bangladesh..... Ireland is a better team than Bangladesh is, having played cricket for more than a decade they are till an improving side.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

It's amazing there is no Afghan Player in BPL-2 .Hamid Hassan who was in Barisal Burners squad in BPL-1 and couldn't play any match because he was sustaining injury has been withdrawn this time .I am really disappointed that there are players from Hong Kong , Canada , Scotland but no player from Afghanistan , which is far better than all these teams .

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

@mazii, yea sure u dont know much about BD cricket. Bd went to 2nd round of 2007 ODI WC, and 2009 T20 WC. So get your fact strait and critisize BD. Hell yeah we r improving,year 2012 shows that. Got it???

Posted by British_North_America on (December 20, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

In the last twelve years, Bangladesh couldn't able to qualify to next rounds in any World cup events. maji are you sure??What about World Cup 2007 were Pakistan was knocked out by Ireland and Bangladesh qualified for the second round.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

to keep good interest in BPL BCB needs players from different countries including Pakistan. its a good league and it is benefiting Bangladesh cricket without any doubt.

Posted by mazii on (December 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

It's high time for other players to take a leaf out of pollard's book. Because BPL won't harness/polish Player's overall game. Instead of giving so much funds to foreign players, Bangladesh should use this money to alleviate absolute poverty. Bangladesh should realize that their cricket isn't improving because they are not winning test matches. Like India Bangladesh is in self denial that their team is world beaters. In the last twelve years, Bangladesh couldn't able to qualify to next rounds in any World cup events.

Posted by Tamim.Jaigirdar on (December 20, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

does anyone know what happened to Dwayene Bravo?Why he is absent from all formats of cricket??

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

There are some players in the list, I haven't even heard of. Anyways, franchises should select high quality foreign fast bowlers and attacking batsmen so that our upcoming young players learn from them. Pakistan doesn't have many crowd pulling player these days. Afridi's stardom and utility is waning. Ajmal and Jamshed are probably two most consistent player worth investing though I am not sure if they are in the list. Instead of investing in low grade foreign players, franchises should invest more on local talent and rule should allow only 4 foreigners in a team. @getsetgopk: You comment justifies why a very large number of Pakistani players are consistently involved in scandalous activities. Self-destructiveness, hostility these are social problems. I hope things improve in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Totally Agreed with Mr. Tamim. BPL is not upto the mark .. as so so so many drop catches we have seen in the very first league ..... Huhhhh ... if foreign players are included then change the name from BPL to Bangladesh T20 League or Internal League ... Last year Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad played superbly ... A.Shahzad was the highest run getter .... :)

Posted by jeeshan2000 on (December 20, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Actually we would be happy to run this without any Pakistani players. The point of BPL is benefit Bangladeshi players. Last BPL provided a good platform for some young Pakistani players. Sadly Pakistan will not be able to attract any such foreigners in its own PPL unless of course they host it at Qatar or UAE. So its really their loss if they want to pull out its players. BCB will find players from elsewhere. Not an issue. Good for us

Posted by Tamim.Jaigirdar on (December 20, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

LOL!so funny!do u really think that Paki players r not interested to play in bpl(personally)??Lol,they are....because at the moment they are really deprieved from cricket all over for their national situation and i dont think so that within a few years bpl will need to bother about these kind of terms.....

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 20, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Now let us all hope BCB rejects the Pak tour and PCB pulls out all its players. That should be more than enough to kill this low grade hoopla.

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