Bangladesh news July 29, 2013

Board promises BPL player payments before Eid

The BCB has vowed to pay local players their dues from the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League before the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. The decision was taken at a BCB ad-hoc committee meeting as several franchises have not yet completed payments to the players or the board, after the board conditionally terminated the contracts of some franchises.

The BPL's schedule for the next season is still unclear, and it may even be held before the end of the year if a slot is available in the domestic calendar.

"Many of the domestic and foreign players are still unpaid, because the franchises didn't make payments after the first 25% was cleared," BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "The board has decided to pay 45-50% to the domestic players before Eid-ul-Fitr. According to the tripartite agreement, the board has to pay the players if the franchises fail to make payments."

Before BPL's second season began, it was announced that player payments would be completed in three instalments. It has now changed to four instalments: the first being before the tournament started, the second during the tournament, the third within three months after the tournament and the last of which is on August 19, six months after the 2013 edition ended.

The BCB's role as guarantor has meant that it has to make payments when the franchises default, according to the three-way agreement between the BCB, players and the franchises. The players who have been paid 25% will receive a further 25%, while those who have already been paid 50%, will have to wait for the rest of the money.

Those present in the press conference however could not clarify when the next stage of payment after the Eid one will be. "We will settle what we owe, and look into the future when the time comes," Mahbubul Anam, another member of the BCB ad-hoc committee said. "We have to clear the due first, and the last payment is at the end of August."

The board is also hopeful that it can have a window for BPL-3 as early as December if the 2012-13 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League is completed by October. Their hope lies in the promise made by the Dhaka Premier League clubs who have apparently assured BCB chief Nazmul Hassan that they will play the league from September and continue to do so in October without the national players.

"Since the Dhaka Premier League clubs have said they are willing to play without the national players, we can hold the league in October too," Yunus said. "In that case we can hold the BPL after the two first-class tournaments - the National Cricket League and Bangladesh Cricket League."

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