Bangladesh news March 6, 2013

BCB to give bonuses for draws

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Bangladesh have been given financial incentive to draw a Test match. According to the BCB, the team will get an extra Tk 100,000 ($1250) per drawn Test on top of the Tk 150,000 ($1875) they will receive as Test match fee, which has also increased from Tk 100,000 ($1250).

The team drew only seven games in the last 13 seasons, the last one against West Indies in 2011 when rain interrupted play considerably. Only one of Bangladesh's drawn games didn't come with the assistance of inclement weather, against Zimbabwe in 2005.

Their match fees in ODIs were also increased from Tk 60,000 ($750) to Tk 100,000 ($1250) per game, while in Twenty20s, a Bangladesh player will receive Tk 50,000 ($625) after being previously paid Tk 35,000 ($438) per game.

"The players have told me recently that their net income has decreased," BCB chief Nazmul Hassan said. "So we have increased their match fees. In addition, we feel since the team has enough ability to draw Tests, they will be paid bonuses if they can do that."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on March 8, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    what a joke! Incentive should be given for winning test matches and not drawing. If Bangladesh feels that they are not capable of winning test matches then they should not play test matches and get ICC to withdraw their test status.

  • salman2510 on March 7, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Very good decision !! Im surprised why didn't they do it earlier !! Moreover BCB could get financial gain by selling authentic Bangladesh Cricket Merchandise !! I know I will be buy loads of things living here in BD !! Imagine how much sell it would make abroad !!

  • dummy4fb on March 7, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Rain is a critical factor in SRILANKA.

  • bliksempie on March 7, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    What about winning a Test? No incentive for that? We might be faced with a situation where Bangladesh are in a position to win a game and instead they play for a draw!

  • dummy4fb on March 7, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @Janaka kumara and The gladiator...on 4 th day BD declared even the centurian khaled masud was in the crease...on 5 th day both team wEre decided that there was no possible for any result

  • The_Ashes on March 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Baseball - But it just shows money isn't a problem within BCB unlike Sri Lanka board with all those big debts good luck to them :P

  • RaadQ on March 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Incentive for draws means that BCB will aim to draw, not win. This is poor board mentality which will pass on to the players. Rather than this, BCB should introduce a team bonus for wins and a performance bonus for individuals, i.e. scoring a century or taking 3/4/5 wickets at an average of under 30, etc.This way, good players will still be rewarded even if a win isn't achieved, thus providing an incentive for all players to perform better.

  • TheGladiator on March 7, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    @dulabari - Please see: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64089.html. The above match u had mentioned which was indeed drawn. But 62 overs were lost because of rain.Only 388 overs (considering 2 overs between inngs change over.) were bowled in 5 days out of a maximum of 450 overs. WI would have easily chased d target of 336 runs in 85 overs (23 played + 62 lost). They were 113/0 in 23 overs at a run rate of 4.91. So the Test was drawn because of overs lost due to rain.

  • satishchandar on March 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Good decision. Money is always a motivation across professions. Loss will certainly hurt any player. But rewards for draw will make a player think twice when the match is in balance. If you can't win, go for draw instead of losing hope and eventually the game badly. Will make the players especially batsmen to avoid casual efforts.

  • Third_Gear on March 7, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Great move to build a modern stadium in cox'sbazaar, I heard its to consist high-tech, architecture is to furnished by one of the world famous firm.