Bangladesh Premier League news December 20, 2012

English players warned over BPL


English cricket remains "very nervous" about the participation of players in the Bangladesh Premier League and has warned those taking part of the risks. The head of the players' union does not believe any significant improvements have been made since last year's controversial debut edition.

Alex Hales, Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara are the highest-profile English players to have been bought by franchises although a host of other county cricketers have been snapped up. Michael Lumb and James Taylor, who both play for Nottinghamshire alongside Hales, withdrew from the auction. All the players who earned deals on Thursday are understood to have been granted No-Objection Certificates by their counties but not without concerns.

"We remain very nervous about the competition," Angus Porter, the chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, told ESPNcricinfo. "I don't see any evidence that the competition is going to be better off or better organised than it was last year. I'm not sure anyone involved in the game is very comfortable with this event.

"We haven't yet seen any final contracts, we are uncomfortable with the proposed payment schedule for players. We brought all the issues we can to the attention of players but at the end of the day it is their decision whether they go. From a financial and organisational point of view, we still think the tournament has a lot to prove."

Following the first edition of the BPL last year players suffered from delayed payments and the PCA had to get heavily involved to ensure money was delivered. Although those issues have now been resolved some of the coaches and backroom staff from the 2012 tournament are still without fees.

A new payment structure is in place for this year's tournament with players receiving 25% before the tournament, another quarter before it finishes then the remaining 50% within six months but Porter does not believe this system is any more secure.

"The proposed payment schedule for this year is actually worse than last year," he said. "The players will get to the end of the tournament with only 25% of the fee in their pocket if it goes to plan and of that a chuck is having to go to an agent proposed by the BPL. They won't have an awful lot of money even if the schedules are met until a considerable time after the tournament. That is far from satisfactory, given the events of last year."

The other significant area of concern was the policing of corruption. Porter has spoken to a number of the players involved in the auction to outline the risks and the PCA's concerns, but he also understands why some continue to pursue an opportunity.

"A number of players I've spoken to have said they want to go for the experience and boost their talents," he said. "They are aware of the risk they are taking. I am concerned though that the tournament is sending a signal to organisers of tournaments that you can mess with players and not deliver an event that has the governance you want to have."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    I'm Bangladeshi, and I love the Bangladesh cricket team, but for all of my fellow citizens to whine and complain that it's a conspiracy against the BPL because Bangladesh is rated lowly is pretty stupid.

    Think about it, how would you guys feel if you were paid late at your jobs? If there's an issue to make payments timely, this tourney shouldn't happen in the first place.

    Personally I wouldn't work for a company who has a bad rep when it comes to paying its employees and I would def take them to court. So I hope the BPL works out this time around and doesn't embarrass itself and BD cricket while in the process losing out on all future overseas players.

  • Javed on December 22, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    I agreed there were some mismanagement in the BPL first season. That doesn't mean it will happen in every season. As far as I know, all foreign players are fully paid. This season, franchises must pay 25% before the tournament , 50% during the tournament and rest 25% within 6 months after the tournament. So, there is no reason to worry about getting paid this time.

  • sohel on December 21, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @TwohedulAzam thank's for ur comment and its described intention of BPL for long term developments program in Bangladesh cricket.

  • John on December 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam on (December 21 2012, 15:11 PM GMT), this is not an attack on Bangladesh so you and those like you need to stop getting defensive. The PCA is a body that exists specifically to protect the interests of the players and there is undoubtedly a risk involved in playing in the BPL so the PCA would not be fulfilling their responsibilities if they didn't raise the point. They are not saying that Bangladesh or the BPL is bad. They are just trying to make sure that the players whom they are responsible for are able to make an informed decision. Don;t you think that the players should have all the information? If they know the risks up front then, if something does go wrong, they will be less likely, and less justified, to complain about it.

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

    If their only worry is getting paid - this is a pretty poor reason. The experience they will gain is invaluable.

  • Shipu on December 21, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Why are countries like England complaining about BPL like that? if BPL was such a controversial tournament then don't you think the BPL would've stopped by now for the betterment of Cricket? it looks to me that that the players that have signed again with BPL were paid from last year. Maybe its because a minnow team are running their own league which bothers them or something who knows?

  • Twohedul on December 21, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @Chris_P: In reply to your question about investing in root level, well thats why BCB is arranging this tournament, ok let me explain, BCB has sold these franchises for big amounts, plus they will receive big revenue share from TV deals, spoonsorships, other related income totalling millions of dollars every year. The plan is to make BCB financially independent which will then allow them to take long term devloepment plan at root level, some work has already started ,such as offering more than hundred first class cricketers a central contract, another 4 day competion (on top of the existing NCL) has been included from this year. And yes, there was a delay in payment but international players eventually got paid which is even mentioned in this report. Apart from this, the 1ST BPL was well organised, there was some approaches from bookies but no major incidents to effect integrity (apart from 1 or 2 playesr who might have fallen in to the trap, and they are not included in this year).

  • Ridoy on December 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    They are trying to prevent this type of tournament.

  • Charles on December 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Glad some English T20 players are going as they will gain some valuable experience . Hopefully Ravi can gain some subcontintent form as I still think he could be a huge asset to the T20 team.

  • Owen on December 21, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Baundele - some of the least informed comments I have seen on cricinfo, which is quite an achievement. @everyone else claiming that England are just jealous - no, we are not jealous, T20 just isn't that popular here - people watch it sure, but the majority prefer test cricket by far, and the ECB have recognised that these big money leagues are only good in the short term, you only have to look at how poor India are in test cricket now to realise that. Prudence has won here, and thankfully the ECB trying to preserve the long term standards in test cricket rather than reap short term gains, which is what most of the English fans want as well. Just because you enjoy the glitz and glamour, doesn't mean everyone does.

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