Bangladesh Premier League January 12, 2013

Hales withdraws from BPL

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Alex Hales, the England and Nottinghamshire opener, will not take part in the controversial Bangladesh Premier League which starts next week even though none of the international players due to appear in the tournament has yet received a contract.

Hales had been bought at the auction by Duronto Rajshahi and insisted he would join the event despite strong concerns from the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) who remain extremely worried about payment and contract issues.

Hales recently joined Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League as a replacement for the injured Marlon Samuels and enhanced his reputation by smashing 89 off 52 balls just hours after stepping off a place from England.

He is guaranteed at least one more BBL match with the Renegades in a semi-final against Brisbane Heat on Tuesday and, it is understood, that has been enough for him to have a change of heart over the BPL, for which he would only have been available for a short period before reporting for Twenty20 duty with England on the New Zealand tour.

Hales, along with Nottinghamshire team-mates Michael Lumb and Samit Patel, has been barred by his county from putting his name forward for this year's IPL as it clashes with the English county season.

Currently, Luke Wright, who like Hales will not be available for the whole tournament, is still set to take up his BPL deal.

Angus Porter, the chief executive of the PCA, said that none of the promises made by the BPL organisers ahead of the second running of the event have been delivered. "We are five days away from the tournament and there had been a promise that contracts would be delivered well in advance," he said. "This hasn't happened, and now there's no chance it will happen before the event.

"I still fully expect some international players to take part, but they will be heading into another unknown situation with very few assurances. I would really like the BPL to work, Bangladesh cricket needs it to be a success, but history tells us that it looks unlikely at the moment."

The problems do not stop at the international stars, either. ESPNcricinfo understands that some of the Barisal players are refusing to sign No Objection Certificates for their franchises until they are paid last year's fees.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 15, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    @Kashif.Anwa and Faizan: You guys complain that only reason Bangladesh has almost 70% win ratio at youth level is because they play minnows? hello wake up! Bangladesh according to you fans and experts are minnows so fair is fair and yes its true Bangladesh have played these teams and have on most occasion at youth level have a fantastic record against these minnows i.e. leading Ireland 5-0 but according to Cricinfo stats, Pakistan too play against minnow teams against Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ireland, Afghanistan etc so double standards as usual from you guys but glad I counter attacked with proof in your arguments hope that Bangladesh improvement and rise in Cricket don't taste bad good luck :)

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 15, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Kashif.Anwa and Faizan: People like you guys try so hard don't they? and find as many loopholes as possible. At Under-19 level the future stars of Cricket, Bangladesh are leading 17-8 win ratio over England, 14-8 over Sri Lanka, 6-5 over your Pakistan team huh?, 4-2 over West Indies etc etc so what do you mean by associates? I thought according to fans and experts teams like Ireland are better than Bangladesh? so your point is kind of invalid mate based on these result facts :P

    If you use England under-19 as an example where Bangladesh have a 17-8 lead over them home and away, from that England set up, players like Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow use to play in those matches and now are part of the official England team. If our Bangladesh under-19 team can manage and contain them then how do you think experience still young players like Shakib, Tamim, Mahmudullah etc will do to them? who have already played more than 500 International matches between them? its common sense good luck :)

  • POSTED BY Kashif.Anwar on | January 14, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Thanks to faizan_feroz now we know why Bangladesh has a better u19 record and they couldn't win a major tournament. Keep up the good work against assosiate teams... U are learning some good stuff from India... invite a weeker team to make records when they have a bad run against good teams.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | January 14, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @feroz: maybe you now say your u19 is better than ur national team !!!!!!! Haaaa haaa

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    other gr8 point is that out of 122 matches of bd u19 87 have been played in asia where they won 57 so 65% is the winning % , total 47 matches have been plyed in bd out of 122 so their playng home record is 39 % and bd has an excellent home record of 76% wining ratio ,

    while pak has only layed 95 matches in asia meaning 53% overall and has a win % of 64.2%, out of which we played only 46 matches on our soil so we only played on our home ground 25% time ovrall , even with that pak has a w/l ratio of 1.66 for which we are proud of without the home advantage their win % is 1.29 while without our home advantage which we have so less of our win loas % is 1.66 so the recors speak who is better :) the same situation is with senior bd team having a good record on home soil :)

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    thnks for the records rocket man :) but nw cums the tricky part , u boast of an excellent record of bd u 19 record , lets study that in detail , bd has played 122 matches in u19 agreed ? out of which 97 are against test playng nations inc zim out of which it won 53 so the win loss ratio is 1.3 , then bd played against associates 25 times and won 23 out of those , so u see how u jump so hy ! and nw since u have brought pak so now study sum of these figures as well so far pak u19 has played 178 games , out of these 178 165 are against test playng nations inc zim in which we won 96 lost 64 and 5 tied/nr so our win loss is 1.5 and then we only played 13 matches against associates winning 12 out of them , so if u leave out ur associates brothers u will find that bd has a poorer record aginst test countries as compared to pak , but the only thng u cant compete is the fact that u won 1 match more aginst us head to head congratulations for that :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    who cares about u-19 .??? but for your information since 2000 pakistan have won 2 ,australia also 2 and india have won 3 u-19 world cups........how many bangladesh won........?? =0

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    okay azab u can mention the link where i can find the u 19 records more authentic then the wikipedia and its more than welcome for u or anyone to correct me :)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @warm Coffee: I did not realize FRR was a PAK fan, specially after the way he was praising IPL, and bashing BPL. It's ironic, since IPL does not allow PAK players, BPL does! At least BD has T20 league where foreign players come to play, what does Pakistan have?:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @faizan_feroz: Oh wow! You did not even check to see if that number made any sense!! Here is another wikipedia page for you, U 19 WC records (source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Under-19_Cricket_World_Cup) . BD has a 69.60% win ratio in U19 WC Matches, only Australia has significantly better ratio in WC matches than BD. SA, PAK and IND is only marginally better, if you tweak the number of games played, the ratio of W/L in U19 WC matches is virtually the same between SA, BAN, IND and PAK. BD has a higher W/L ration in U19 WC than ENG, SL, WI by a solid margin. Here is BD teams overall U-19 performance :(http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/672.html?class=21;template=results;type=team) BD has more wins than losses against all other test playing nations except India and SA. As I said before, BD has the second best overall W/L ratio in U-19 cricket. Please check your sources, before posting!:-)

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 15, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    @Kashif.Anwa and Faizan: You guys complain that only reason Bangladesh has almost 70% win ratio at youth level is because they play minnows? hello wake up! Bangladesh according to you fans and experts are minnows so fair is fair and yes its true Bangladesh have played these teams and have on most occasion at youth level have a fantastic record against these minnows i.e. leading Ireland 5-0 but according to Cricinfo stats, Pakistan too play against minnow teams against Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ireland, Afghanistan etc so double standards as usual from you guys but glad I counter attacked with proof in your arguments hope that Bangladesh improvement and rise in Cricket don't taste bad good luck :)

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 15, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Kashif.Anwa and Faizan: People like you guys try so hard don't they? and find as many loopholes as possible. At Under-19 level the future stars of Cricket, Bangladesh are leading 17-8 win ratio over England, 14-8 over Sri Lanka, 6-5 over your Pakistan team huh?, 4-2 over West Indies etc etc so what do you mean by associates? I thought according to fans and experts teams like Ireland are better than Bangladesh? so your point is kind of invalid mate based on these result facts :P

    If you use England under-19 as an example where Bangladesh have a 17-8 lead over them home and away, from that England set up, players like Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow use to play in those matches and now are part of the official England team. If our Bangladesh under-19 team can manage and contain them then how do you think experience still young players like Shakib, Tamim, Mahmudullah etc will do to them? who have already played more than 500 International matches between them? its common sense good luck :)

  • POSTED BY Kashif.Anwar on | January 14, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Thanks to faizan_feroz now we know why Bangladesh has a better u19 record and they couldn't win a major tournament. Keep up the good work against assosiate teams... U are learning some good stuff from India... invite a weeker team to make records when they have a bad run against good teams.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | January 14, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @feroz: maybe you now say your u19 is better than ur national team !!!!!!! Haaaa haaa

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    other gr8 point is that out of 122 matches of bd u19 87 have been played in asia where they won 57 so 65% is the winning % , total 47 matches have been plyed in bd out of 122 so their playng home record is 39 % and bd has an excellent home record of 76% wining ratio ,

    while pak has only layed 95 matches in asia meaning 53% overall and has a win % of 64.2%, out of which we played only 46 matches on our soil so we only played on our home ground 25% time ovrall , even with that pak has a w/l ratio of 1.66 for which we are proud of without the home advantage their win % is 1.29 while without our home advantage which we have so less of our win loas % is 1.66 so the recors speak who is better :) the same situation is with senior bd team having a good record on home soil :)

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    thnks for the records rocket man :) but nw cums the tricky part , u boast of an excellent record of bd u 19 record , lets study that in detail , bd has played 122 matches in u19 agreed ? out of which 97 are against test playng nations inc zim out of which it won 53 so the win loss ratio is 1.3 , then bd played against associates 25 times and won 23 out of those , so u see how u jump so hy ! and nw since u have brought pak so now study sum of these figures as well so far pak u19 has played 178 games , out of these 178 165 are against test playng nations inc zim in which we won 96 lost 64 and 5 tied/nr so our win loss is 1.5 and then we only played 13 matches against associates winning 12 out of them , so if u leave out ur associates brothers u will find that bd has a poorer record aginst test countries as compared to pak , but the only thng u cant compete is the fact that u won 1 match more aginst us head to head congratulations for that :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    who cares about u-19 .??? but for your information since 2000 pakistan have won 2 ,australia also 2 and india have won 3 u-19 world cups........how many bangladesh won........?? =0

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    okay azab u can mention the link where i can find the u 19 records more authentic then the wikipedia and its more than welcome for u or anyone to correct me :)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    @warm Coffee: I did not realize FRR was a PAK fan, specially after the way he was praising IPL, and bashing BPL. It's ironic, since IPL does not allow PAK players, BPL does! At least BD has T20 league where foreign players come to play, what does Pakistan have?:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @faizan_feroz: Oh wow! You did not even check to see if that number made any sense!! Here is another wikipedia page for you, U 19 WC records (source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Under-19_Cricket_World_Cup) . BD has a 69.60% win ratio in U19 WC Matches, only Australia has significantly better ratio in WC matches than BD. SA, PAK and IND is only marginally better, if you tweak the number of games played, the ratio of W/L in U19 WC matches is virtually the same between SA, BAN, IND and PAK. BD has a higher W/L ration in U19 WC than ENG, SL, WI by a solid margin. Here is BD teams overall U-19 performance :(http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/team/672.html?class=21;template=results;type=team) BD has more wins than losses against all other test playing nations except India and SA. As I said before, BD has the second best overall W/L ratio in U-19 cricket. Please check your sources, before posting!:-)

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 14, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @faizan_feroz: I'm surprised you don't know that Wikipedia is an unreliable source, its all in Cricinfo check it out instead of Wikipedia which can be edited several times :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @FRRR, wow, Bangladesh beat West Indies by 7 wickets and 160 runs in two matches, And you call'em fluke?

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | January 14, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @r0ketman: FRRR is actually a Pakistan fan, they are just worried about the decline of their team and our rise to Cricket.

    I'm still waiting Pakistan fans that why did you fail to thrash Bangladesh at the Asia Cup in both these matches? the future looks interesting. Its been ages since Pakistan host Cricket matches really sad wish they could :)

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    well rocketman :P acc to wikipedia ur u19 w/l ratio is 0/3 check it :P

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    @extremespeed bro or sis as i dont knw who u are ! we r going to play against south africa in south africa boy or sis , not bd ind bd :P they r the number 1 test team nt the team with no ratings :P they r plaung at home and thir records at home are astonishing , they have got the best middle order u wil ever see , so sure letss see what we wil do against them but lemme tell u this , we wont go dwn fyting like nz , and it was ur own countrymens comment that led to me answering them , and to rocketman india test debacle is since 2 3 yrs , its bd history :P india pakistan will go in transition state one way or the other but then they come up hard and strong as before , and yeah this type of performance of bd is once in a blue moon or FLUKE , we will see what happens the coming year as mentioned by my bro or sis extremespeed :P

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @ Kashif.Anwar: At U19 Level, BD has the second or third best (I will ave to look up to be sure) best win-loss ratio, only India, and maybe Australia has a better W/L ratio. They have not won a tournament, sure, but that does not change the fact that they better win percentage at U19 level than most teams. Look up the statistics before you post something.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    @FRRR: Your victory was "Fluke"? Define Fluke, please. Winning by 160 runs is a fluke? Restricting your opponent, who contain one of the most fearsome short format batsmen in the world (Gayle, Samuels, Pollard) to less than 220 in every match, ALL 5 matches, on batting friendly pitches is a fluke? WI won the 2 games by fluke, this should have been a 5-0 white wash! INDIA lost 4-0 to ENG, 4-0 to Australia, 2-1 to ENG at their home, and you are calling for BD to be stripped of their status? IND won the 1 test against ENG by fluke, that should have been a 3-0 drubbing as well. ICC is now afraid IRE can whitewash IND in India, that is why they are not getting test status. And India is not inviting BD for the same reason!:-)

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | January 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @FRRR: When will India learn to win consistently against England, SA, Pakistan and Australia? India has been playing for 80 + years, and they lose to ENG 4-0 in ENG and Australia 4-0 in Australia, and lost embarrassingly to ENG at home, Pakistan at home last month!!! And you conveniently pointed out Scotland and NED loss, how about the wins BD had last year? Against the current T20 champs, BD crushed WI by 160 runs, won the ODI series. Kicked India out of Asia cup, won against Sri Lanka. Does that sound like once in a blue moon to you? Maybe you want to re-define "once in a blue moon"? Is it defined as the number of test wins India has in foreign soil in last year, which equals zero? Or the number of wins India has in their own soil against Eng, which is 1 out of 4, goes along with 2 embarrassing losses? I think BD did much better than India last year in the "win only once in a while category"?!:-)

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | January 14, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @faizan_feroz - That's a fair comment from him to be honest. Pakistan is a very good team 10x better than Bangladesh past wise in Cricket but the clock is always ticking. Pakistan series with South Africa will give you a clearer picture in where your team is heading up or down. Instead of worrying about other teams especially weaker ones, worry about the bad situation in Pakistan because at this rate it looks like Pakistan will never host Cricket good luck :P :)

    Also seriously Bangladesh people do not care about Pakistan affairs and be glad if you just stay away from us but wish you well and luck :D

  • POSTED BY Pak_alldway on | January 14, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    @azaab::we are stil doing good even away conditions.thank God u finally accepted ur team is minnow n wil remain minnow.ban should import some pak players likes of sami rana naveed anwar ali etc becoz u wil neva produce a genuine quick.

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @azab , who wants to host the tournaments when u can still be inthe semis and be in contention to win those tournaments unlike india's east neighbour i knw who hosted a wc sumtym back and cudnt scr 100 on two accasions :P

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 14, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    @Pak_alldway: Instead of worrying about a minnow team, worry about hosting International matches and tournaments again :P

  • POSTED BY Pak_alldway on | January 14, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    @rising team ur dream wil Neva come true Becoz our land has enuf talent to fil those old legs unlike u which couldn't produce a single genuine fast in their history.thats y I say u lot living on mars.Lol

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    agree with sum comments that this type of bd hype is always created once in every 2 3 years , example id just before the world cup , i thnk they wight-washed the kiwis at home and were thnking of lifting the trophy due to home conditions, yet they ended up not making 100 on two occasions ! this phase will also pass by and if nt we will see sum competitive if not mind blowing games in the future thats what i hope

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | January 14, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    therising team :P hope u rember me :P as far as the transition thng goes u dont knw hw much we r wishing for that too happen soon enuf cox that wil make our combination even more lethal , u dont knw how much we want misbah to leave odi and haris sohail or umar amin to take its place , u dont knw hw much we want younus to retire and let azhar be the successor and the bowling dept is nothng new , we lost two of the best fast bowlers of the sub continent in england yet we still have a more than good bowling line up ! as i said to u b4 keep dreaming :P ajmal younus misbah are our national heroes but when their tym will cum they will go knowing that we have the talent to compenste them if not to replace them ! nw lets talk abt our latest new comers , junaid jamshed raza irfan and u have no idea hw gud are sohail and umar amin are so lets hope for ur sake that transiton period cums soon :P

  • POSTED BY on | January 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    hi Albert_cambell , what did u mean by "talentless bangladesh" ??? Do u know Shakib al hasan??? he was the no 1 all-rounder long long time and it is a record..! yo u can't tell like that..

  • POSTED BY AK47_pk on | January 14, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    I like this new mantra. "We almost won that nd that match". Clearly shows cricketing sense of bd fans lol

  • POSTED BY Kashif.Anwar on | January 14, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Almost win = loss... no one records a match as almost won. Bangladesh almost won most matches but does that count. About the under 19 team.... india has won u19 wc thrice and pakistan and australia has won it twice scince 2000. I dont see any bangladesh in there. one of my friends here thought bangladesh had a better record as u19. the best they got to so far is third runner-up.

  • POSTED BY MaxFresh on | January 14, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    I just hope this is run properly this time around but I doubt it.

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | January 13, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @FRRR: are u blind dude? didn't u see that bangladesh almost won the asia cup final against the mighty pakistan? didn't u see that bangladesh almost won against west inides in the only t20? look, before u critizice make sure u have sufficient information, ok? xD

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 13, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: another ignorant comment nah forget under-13 our under-19 already owns your under-19 WAKE UP!!! and smell the coffee we're not living in the past anymore :D

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | January 13, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    @FRRR:- Wow very impressive a minnow beats a minnow in a T20 match, Netherlands beat England haha...Ireland beat Pakistan, Ireland beat England, Kenya beat India, Bangladesh beat Australia blah blah blah and since you have a problem with Bangladesh Cricket arrange an appointment with ICC and get Bangladesh removed lets see if that happens I'm waiting :)"

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | January 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Whether the overrated Pakistan team does well or bad in that South Africa series, fact still remains that this Pakistan team is very old and will go through a massive transition and won't be the team it once was. Times are changing now, people come and go that's life but Pakistani's are still in denial of what's coming but they will soon come to their sense in the next 2 years just what us Bangladeshi's have been talking about. Their oldest player is approaching 40 which shows they have limited talent coming through and the ones that are coming through are nowhere near to these past Pakistani legends. Their under-19 and 13 teams are below us now so the future is clear. When these new players from these youth systems make their debut for Pakistan and face against our then experience Shakib, Mahmudullah etc they will struggle its common sense. We know you guys and others are worried but I give you all the luck you need sooo GOOD LUCK!!! :)

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    @FRRR. I completaly agree with you. Bangladesh played 75 tests over the past 12 years(average of 6 tests per year) and they still couldnt draw a test match at home. Their fans are still claiming that they dont play enough tests to win a test match even after playing 75 tests. So how many test matches do you need to play to win/draw a test match? 200?. Because of bangladeshs consistent failure in the test level, ICC is not willing to give test status to ireland. Because ICC is afraid that this might happen to ireland as well.I am sure ireland will be a better test side than bangladesh. Because they can produce quality fast bowlers and the batting they can work on it improve it. They will be much s better side than this talentless bangladesh team.i

  • POSTED BY Kashif.Anwar on | January 13, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    BCB and BPL needs to bring their "stuff" together. franchises not giving contracts with just a few days left to tournment can lead to big mess and foreign players may pull outta it. Pakistan players are probably to joining BPL so it can lead to big mess. BCB needs to play their roll here. Honestly wake up BCB.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @FRRR: It's pointless to talk to you as you don't understand the game. We can't awake a person who is acting of sleeping :). Just one general point: you can't achieve anything good by proving others bad (true for every aspect of life, not only cricket). Anyway all the very best wishes for whichever team you support.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 13, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    They can invite players from china, iran, nepal and play the BPL. I hope the talent of those players wont fade after playing with those substandard bangladeshi cricketers. If they want they can all the u13 players from the top teams to participate in the BPL. They will still have the dominance over most of local bangladeshi players.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 13, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @FRRR: You okay bro? looking a bit desperate now by showing random scorecards. Bangladesh are minnows nothing wrong with minnows losing to minnows but thanks for rating us highly thankyou. Again nothing will happen to our Cricket so good luck. Pakistan losing to Ireland, England losing to Netherlands not funny? but Bangladesh one is funny? think I am missing something :D

  • POSTED BY abs.liton on | January 13, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @FRRR: Pal, now you are insulting us showing only negatives part. But you should bear in mind that everything has a positive side also. Don't you see the wins against Srilanka, India in Asia Cup? And in final BD lost to Pakistan by only 2 runs. Later, BD had a great chance to win the first test against WI but BD lost. A team can't be a good team if the team doesn't get the more matches. See the FTP. Bangladesh didn't get more matches in early years whereas the big fishes like India, Australia, South Africa are playing matches by matches. Here India is playing more matches than others that I can see. Actually the problem is that ICC and other cricket nations don't broaden their helping hands to tail ender teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Afghanistan and so on. If they do so then these teams will be a good team like others. If a team doesn't get the chance to play against big teams then how can you expect a good result from that team after day by day? So think about this, buddy.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 13, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Bangla can not win against scotland and netherlands.... see below:

    Bangladesh's achievement in 2012:

    1. Only T20I: Bangladesh v Scotland at The Hague - Jul 24, 2012 Scotland 162/7 (20/20 ov); Bangladesh 128 (18/20 ov) Scotland won by 34 runs

    2. 2nd T20I: Netherlands v Bangladesh at The Hague - Jul 26, 2012 Bangladesh 128 (20/20 ov); Netherlands 131/9 (20/20 ov) Netherlands won by 1 wicket (with 0 balls remaining)

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 13, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    @Wasel Bin Shadat ,,,, WI won the test series (whitewash) --> Reason enough for Bangladesh to be stripped of test status.

    WI beat Bangla in T20 .... bangla won only in ODI by 3-2 .... your victory was fluke.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @FRRR... what's the problem with you man? You are talking about the record after ASIA cup... after that Tigers won the ODI series against WI, didn't they? Oil your own machine man

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | January 13, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    News come in Bangladesh fans that already according to Twitter, foreign players are starting leave or have arrived in Dhaka so that's great. It doesn't matter if Pakistani players don't come save a lot of trouble anyway and instead we can change the line-up system around 4 foreign players in the league instead of 5. Can't wait to see our players in action again. Also Tamim is arriving back now after his successful stint in New Zealand can't wait.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 13, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Giving Bangladesh the test status was a big mistake by the ICC. The debacle has made difficult for other teams like Ireland to get test status. Because now ICC fears the same fate for Ireland as that of Bangladesh.

    Moreover, I repeat match in BPL were not entertaining as compared to IPL. So why saturate the environment.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 13, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam ,,, This is my point that Bangladesh always play minnows and then claim that their team or players are good. When will Bangla play big teams like india, pakistan,australia,england or SA and win against them on consistent basis.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | January 13, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    FRR: Quit whining! your team is old in a transition South Africa will expose you soon good luck!

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | January 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    @FRRR - Silly! don't know what fan you are but after Asia Cup, Bangladesh beat Ireland and the West Indies in a full series that's not once in a blue moon read the definition properly times are changing.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    @Chandra Bindu .... Have you seen the Pakistani T20 record? It is not necessary for you to comment, if you have little knowledge about the game.

    @AzAb12754 .... You do not have a team that can be destroyed. The record of Bangla is dismal. Once in a blue moon, Banlga wins a match against a good team and then, they start claiming they will rise. The result is always opposite. See what happened after Asia cup.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 13, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Never seen much of him yet so I can't judge him. Bangladesh should recruit more bowlers than batters if they want to benefit.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 13, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding. Yep, It's (nearly) always tongue in cheek, can't say that is the case with our sub continent friends at eachother though. I have read some very ordinary comments posted on this site by a few of them.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | January 13, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @Chris_P, never thought I'd agree with an Aussie ;). the problem is a lot of foreigners dont understand the jibes that the English and Aussies through at each other and in the main its firmly tongue in cheek, and looking forward to the resumption of 'mud slinging' from both sets of media in the up coming ashes.

    @Whatsgoing on out thier, quite true, under the Kolpac EU ruling and general EU law Morgan cannot be prevented playing in the county system, neither can anyone who is a 1st/2nd generation descendant from the EU.

    Anyway back on track, Hales has every right to pull out of the BPL, especially if hes not recieved a contract, and is only going to be available for a couple of weeks as I beleive the squad go straight to NZ after this to prepare for that series.

    The IPL is a different kettle of fish, and it is NOTTS that has refused to allow their players to go to the IPL not the ECB, which they have every right to do due to them holding thier contracts.

  • POSTED BY on | January 13, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    We dont want a successful BPL, because we have seen what a successful IPL has done to the Indian team. What matters is international games especially Tests and ODI's. So I think our players need to focus on first-class cricket instead of earning more money in the BPL. It sounds harsh, but it is for the greater good.

  • POSTED BY SapnerJadukar on | January 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Who care about english players in BPL...The show will still go on!

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | January 13, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    I think Luke Wright and Owais Shah are still set to play in the BPL? So BPL still has hope.

  • POSTED BY Whatsgoinoffoutthere on | January 13, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Shame it's gone this way, but the BPL sound nothing short of incompetent. Under those circumstances, walking away from it looks the sensible option to me.

    @Trickstar - You are quite right. There are no grounds upon which the ECB can legally shun holders of an British passport solely because they were born overseas. It would amount to discrimination. In addition, Morgan is an EU citizen, and doesn't it contravene EU legislation for him to be denied equal employment rights? Can I also mention Michael Lumb's father, Boycott's opening partner at Yorkshire? Yorkshire, the first English club for whom Mike Lumb signed? On the same note, Colin Cowdrey and Ted Dexter not England players? You'd be barking mad to even think it!

    If the main ICC nations - all of them - had done right by Ireland then Morgan may have had the chance of playing regular international cricket for them. Shame on everyone for that.

    Anyway, we've got Morgan, but would anyone be so kind as to offer to take Jedward?

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | January 13, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Big deal!!! he's new not a superstar or something, Bangladesh should go for more fast bowlers as our batsman need confidence and some experience to take them on without giving in. Course England will criticise BPL especially when a minnow team has one.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 12, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain, Try to gain just a little understanding of the real world. Where could Irish players play test cricket if not England? The fact guys like Trott, Pieterson CHOSE to play for England has passed by your logic? We Aussies have a poke at the Poms for it as a kind of good hearted jest, but in all seriousness, we are speaking about grown men who elect to choose their cricket destinations. I certainly didn't have a problem with Wessels when he chose to play for Australia, due to the fact he couldn't play for Sth Africa at the time.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Vey ummm...negerative writing by Andrew. I am not sure what how a contract issue is relevant to start of an article, where a player withdrew due to a better opportunity else where (left BPL to join BBL) Those are serious issues and we want them to be addressed. I believe a sperate article or report could be prepared to address those. From an world class news organisation ESPNCricinfo, I think its fair to expect better.

    Em New Zealand

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | January 12, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain As jmcilhinney as eluded to, you are so wrong and ill informed it's not even funny and what you type is a rather tired bandwagoners line trotted out by trolls. I wonder if you could name all these players that have been recruited by the ECB and back it with information. Most SA born players came to our country as kids like Meaker, Dernbach, Lumb, Strauss & Prior, some because their parents were working away from home, or others who had one parent who was English. Even the much brought up KP has been eligible to play for England since birth, due to him having an English mother and also because he's had British passport since birth, he's half English. Morgan has learned most of his cricket in England and he choose to switch from Ireland, all on him no one recruited him, he made the call to play for us. It really is worth while getting clued up on the facts, instead of regurgitating untruths you've heard on the internet, it makes people take you more seriously.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | January 12, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    No need to come.no need to oil anybody who doesnt wish to play.it will cause no harm to bpl. Not that overseas players are of the highest priority to us and we cant arrange tournament without them. Yes,BPL might lose its glamour but what we really want is the emergence of some youngsters that will help BD cricket in near future. No needs of any glitz,glamour,hype

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    From cricketing point of view, the BPL has been a success. It got lot of spectators. But I hated the over-dependency on below par Pakistani players. Delaying the payments of some of the international players was a shame, especially when all the Pakistani players were fully paid. It looks like most of the teams are owned by people who have soft corner for Pakistan, against the run of the history of the country. English players withdrawing from the BPL is not a surprise, they do it even for IPL.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | January 12, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    After my first post here was vetoed, I went in search of some reputable research (reprinted in the UK national broadsheet, the left wing, highly politically correct, Guardian). Quoting figures from an organization known as Transparency International that monitors corruption round the world, Bangladesh is ranked 144/174 countries on their index. Futhermore, it dropped 24 places in the two years from 2011 -2012. Why should anyone take it on trust that the BPL will not conform , more or less, to the lowly world ranking that the host country has been given? Alex Hales & others who seek advice, should be aware of what they're taking on. Contracts are routinely not honoured in such setups, as last year's experience bears out. As it is said, knowledge is power but ignorance leads to a fools' paradise. I think we all know what the BPL is really about - and that has nothing at all to do with sport. This is a constructive & informed post. Please publish!

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | January 12, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    jmcilhinney as usual with your comments they hit the nail on the head. i would put it the county clubs make all the running to get players who are either associate or players of an age who do have parents/grandparents of british origin, not for the benefit of england but for the counties themselves so they can get round the one overseas rule. all bar trott who had no family ties or at least non, i am aware of to wait but had to wait 5 years before he could play for england. all the others have been family ties or brought to the uk as boys. i do wish people who are quick to join the bandwagon with comments about england selection. maybe also people could ask themselves why they want to come to england,and not the person posing the questions country.as an add on england are making it even harder now as players now have a 7 year waiting period

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | January 12, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @FRRR: Your IPL matches has destroyed you Indian team unlike ours.

  • POSTED BY lut4rahman on | January 12, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    does not really matter who plays or not....the success of the tournament is down to the money....as long as franchises are able to spend it will survive, the salary they give is 2nd highest in the world just after IPL

  • POSTED BY malepas on | January 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I don't think this BPL is going anywhere espacialy once the Pak players don't participate, this will be over sooner then latter and will become just a local tounament with some Afghan/Zim players in it. Thats why Bangla is where in world's cricket,,right at the bottom..very saaaad,,they had a golden oppertunity to side with Pakistan and support them by sending thier team,,which would have given them more exposure to top quality cricket but they didn't take the oppertunity and the slide will be immenent.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | January 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    >landl47:could you be kind enough to tell me the reason why hales has to pay more than he will get if he wants to play in BPL? The tournament hasn't stared yet and you already come to know that players wont be paid in time.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 12, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Good riddance. BPL was a failure from the very start ,,,, Players didn't got money and moreover, it did not give matches like IPL.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | January 12, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Any more problems = no more BPL.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 12, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @BOND_007: Hales IS allowed to play. He has been advised not to because of the administrative and financial problems which the BPL has failed to solve. However, if he chooses to ignore that advice, he is free to play.

    If I were a professional cricketer I wouldn't play in a tournament that might actually cost me money rather than pay me to do my job. Would you go somewhere to work if you might wind up spending more money than you receive?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 12, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain on (January 12 2013, 15:45 PM GMT), whether you like it or not, that is NOT true. England don't recruit anyone. They simply select whomever they consider to be the best eligible players. If players from SA or Ireland or anywhere else have taken steps to make themselves eligible then that's up to them. Most SA-born players who've played for England were children when their parents emigrated. The others, like Pietersen and Trott, made the decision to play in England themselves. Possibly they were encouraged by some administrators or players at the county level but that's hardly the same thing.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 12, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    @BOND_OO7 on (January 12 2013, 15:18 PM GMT), I don't think people mind if things aren't perfect but, given that some players still haven't been paid from last year, expecting overseas players to actually take the field with no contract in place is ludicrous.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Not really a big loss he's a new guy to the Cricket arena and so much is made of him already. I prefer to see more Irish, Zimbabwean and Afghan players in the BPL and would do them a lot of wonders. Unlike England who recruit Irish and South African players to their squads which is true by the way whether we like it or not, Bangladesh and a few others support Associate teams. But I really hope this second edition is run properly otherwise there will be so much criticism but I doubt it will hopefully not.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi myself, I am ashamed at the lack of professionalism shown by the BCB in this case as well other cases(e.g. Pakistan tour). It clearly shows they have learned nothing from the past/just doesn't care anymore. I hope more players withdraw themselves from this tournament or other boards don't allow this to go on.

    Of course, the damage to our already bad reputation has been done.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | January 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    BCB is such an unprofessional Cricket board even those franchises are despite having a year to sort out so many things.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | January 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Hales including other overseas players should be allowed to play. Yes,there were some issues last year but its always tough to arrange something new flawlessly and bpl was no exception.so let them play and everything will be perfect this time around.

  • POSTED BY britishcricketfan on | January 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    how can this BPL be organised so badly, even after last year's off-field fiasco?????

    the actual cricket is really exciting and good for BNG cricket. Khulna squad looks a little thin though, they needed better quality foreign players.

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  • POSTED BY britishcricketfan on | January 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    how can this BPL be organised so badly, even after last year's off-field fiasco?????

    the actual cricket is really exciting and good for BNG cricket. Khulna squad looks a little thin though, they needed better quality foreign players.

  • POSTED BY BOND_OO7 on | January 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Hales including other overseas players should be allowed to play. Yes,there were some issues last year but its always tough to arrange something new flawlessly and bpl was no exception.so let them play and everything will be perfect this time around.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | January 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    BCB is such an unprofessional Cricket board even those franchises are despite having a year to sort out so many things.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi myself, I am ashamed at the lack of professionalism shown by the BCB in this case as well other cases(e.g. Pakistan tour). It clearly shows they have learned nothing from the past/just doesn't care anymore. I hope more players withdraw themselves from this tournament or other boards don't allow this to go on.

    Of course, the damage to our already bad reputation has been done.

  • POSTED BY on | January 12, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Not really a big loss he's a new guy to the Cricket arena and so much is made of him already. I prefer to see more Irish, Zimbabwean and Afghan players in the BPL and would do them a lot of wonders. Unlike England who recruit Irish and South African players to their squads which is true by the way whether we like it or not, Bangladesh and a few others support Associate teams. But I really hope this second edition is run properly otherwise there will be so much criticism but I doubt it will hopefully not.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 12, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    @BOND_OO7 on (January 12 2013, 15:18 PM GMT), I don't think people mind if things aren't perfect but, given that some players still haven't been paid from last year, expecting overseas players to actually take the field with no contract in place is ludicrous.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 12, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain on (January 12 2013, 15:45 PM GMT), whether you like it or not, that is NOT true. England don't recruit anyone. They simply select whomever they consider to be the best eligible players. If players from SA or Ireland or anywhere else have taken steps to make themselves eligible then that's up to them. Most SA-born players who've played for England were children when their parents emigrated. The others, like Pietersen and Trott, made the decision to play in England themselves. Possibly they were encouraged by some administrators or players at the county level but that's hardly the same thing.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 12, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    @BOND_007: Hales IS allowed to play. He has been advised not to because of the administrative and financial problems which the BPL has failed to solve. However, if he chooses to ignore that advice, he is free to play.

    If I were a professional cricketer I wouldn't play in a tournament that might actually cost me money rather than pay me to do my job. Would you go somewhere to work if you might wind up spending more money than you receive?

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | January 12, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Any more problems = no more BPL.

  • POSTED BY FRRR on | January 12, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Good riddance. BPL was a failure from the very start ,,,, Players didn't got money and moreover, it did not give matches like IPL.