Bangladesh news May 7, 2013

BPL payments delayed again


Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura and Hamilton Masakadza have claimed they are yet to be paid the second installment of payments for their participation in the Bangladesh Premier League. The two appeared for Sylhet Royals, which is among five franchises that haven't paid the Bangladesh Cricket Board the second installment

According to the players' contract this season, the first installment was to be paid before the start of the tournament while the second was due at the end of it. The third installment is to be paid within six months of the tournament's end.

The BCB had taken over the responsibility of player payments this year after there were irregularities by the franchises in the inaugural edition of 2012. But as per the current process, the board needs to receive the amount from the franchises before paying the players. According to BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick, the BCB have only received money for the second installment from Dhaka Gladiators and Duronto Rajshahi.

"It is true that five out of seven franchises haven't made payments after the first 25%," Mallick told ESPNcricinfo. "Our lawyers have told us that we have to wait till May 15 before sending out legal notices. We will take action if we are not paid by that time."

"The BCB has taken up the responsibility of paying the players mainly because of what happened after the first edition of the BPL. We will continue to do so, but the franchises have to pay us the players' fees. Once they fail to make the payments, we will take out the bank guarantees to pay the players."

Masakadza was bought in the players' auction for $30,000, but has only received the first 25% of the payment. He played in seven matches for the Royals, making 90 runs at an average of 12.85.

"I was so excited when I was bought in the auction," Masakadza said. "The experience of being involved in the tournament was great but it has become a real disappointment since that our second payment is still due, and I've been waiting patiently for ten weeks now."

Chigumbura echoed his Zimbabwe team-mate's concerns, reminding the Sylhet Royals to ensure payment. He averaged 44.33 with the bat, picked up 13 wickets and hit the most number of sixes in the tournament - 19.

"I hope the organisers can arrange the payments very, very soon as we had our first payment during the event," Chigumbura said. "But the next payment does not seem to be coming. I have waited more than two months already since it should have been paid."

"It's a shame because I have great memories of the tournament, as I finished as the highest six-hitter in the whole thing. But ultimately we are there to earn money, we love cricket, but it's also a job for us."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • sadequl on May 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Yesterday in a private channel heard from Mr.Papon to take serious action against the defaulters in BPL & hope he really mean it & it doesn't stuck in speech only before water raises upon head & they got away this way each year.

  • Murali R on May 8, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    BCB can follow IPL on this case, if things are not falling in place they can encash the bank Guarantees provided by the franchises to make the payment and call for auction for a new team .. thats how IPL did .. Stil Punjab and Rajastan Royals teams are financially handicapped by BCCI hammering their purse. The moment you organize such high profile tournaments .. you cant afford such disgrace .. after all they are also humans working for money...!!

  • Babaji on May 8, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Haha.... same old story. Its not easy to copy something like IPL. BCB makes few thousand dollars from the BPL, and the Franchises make even less money. No wonder they have no money to pay them. Teams are probably trying to borrow money at low interest to pay the players

  • Rob on May 7, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    This should be wrapped up, the same things happening repeatedly. I have watched the IPL and it really is cricket for kids with players dressed up like jockeys and tiny boundaries, but this must make the IPL look like test match standard surely Bangladesh has better things to spend money on than this charade.

  • Chris on May 7, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    BCB is not at fault here its some of the franchises though I do agree they are simply not strict enough.

  • Robert on May 7, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Imsrk - you to your tastes, I to mine. The IPL started all this, and it is destroying cricket.

  • Rahul on May 7, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Proud to be an IPL supporter aftet seeing other so called leagues

  • Farhan on May 7, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    OK so its happening again. Now I want to see that BCB chairman keeps his word. I remember during this year league he said the teams who will not pay on time will be replaced and I want that to happen. This is emberrassing for the nation. All of the teams made enough profit so they've no reason to do it. Also Game on Sport has been accused of many wrong doing it has to be considered too.

  • Dr Satendra on May 7, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    The skipper of Bangladesh said prior to first test, " They should remember that they will come to our country to play, so they will get the treatment they meted out to us." I think they should look at their own commitment first before yelling out. We all remember what happened after Tamim's "ordinary comments" last year.

  • Shoaib on May 7, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Its not BCB responsibility to pay up but the franchises. Its no secret anymore that professionalism is a problem in Bangladesh. BCB are just not strict enough with the franchises and let them get away with far too many things and it needs to stop and that's all they need to do. Also the franchises that are breaking the rules need to be realistic about themselves otherwise not many especially big names will join your franchises if it cannot keep up its promise. The good thing is that its nowhere near as worse as last year but still you cannot create these controversies year after year.

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