Bangladesh news September 23, 2013

Tamim asks BPL governing council for help with his payments

Tamim Iqbal has submitted a letter to the BPL governing council, asking their assistance to clear the rest of his payments from Duronto Rajshahi. So far he has been paid 50 percent of his total amount for BPL 2013, and the franchise owner last month said that Tamim would not be paid anymore because he left during the Twenty20 tournament without prior notice.

Tamim heard from his Rajshahi teammates that some of them have been paid a 25 percent installment recently. As a result of this new information and the statement made by Mushfiqur Rahman, the Rajshahi franchise's owner, Tamim wrote the letter addressed to BPL chairman Afzalur Rahman Sinha on Sunday.

Tamim confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he has sent the letter, and was expecting an outcome. "I have said it at the time, and I will say it again, I didn't leave the team* without seeking permission. I told every relevant person at the time," he told ESPNcricinfo.

In the letter, Tamim mentioned that he played 10 out of the team's 13 matches. He missed the three matches due to a left wrist injury, but he would not mind if he is not paid for those missed games. He would like to be paid the rest of the amount for the 10 matches in which he appeared.

Ahead of Rajshahi's game against the Rangpur Riders, the BCB had requested the franchise to rest Tamim, as Bangladesh were set to tour Sri Lanka two weeks later. He didn't play the last two matches, after which he says that he took permission from several people in authoritative positions to leave the team hotel and go to Chittagong to meet his family.

Last month however, Mushfiqur told the media that he had asked the board not to pay Tamim. "I have only barred the board from paying Tamim. He did not play some matches due to the board's request. Also, he went abroad without taking the team management's permission," he told reporters on August 30.

Tamim rebuffed Mushfiqur's statement on the same day, saying he talked to everyone in Rajshahi's management and in the BCB who needed to know, before he left the country.

"Immediately after my left wrist was diagnosed with a crack, I informed Mushfiqur and the board president that the BPL is over for me," Tamim told reporters. "I talked to our coach Khaled Mashud, and later when I went to the Shere Bangla National Stadium, I talked to the team owner once again, telling him that I will leave the team hotel."

"I left for Chittagong subsequently, the board president can vouch for me. I went abroad after 4-5 days. BCB's medical staff has all the written records. That injury prevented me from playing the Galle Test in March. I cannot understand why he [Mushfiqur] has said this."

Meanwhile, Tamim's teammate Ziaur Rahman has made a similar claim, after he was told by his franchise that he would not receive his full amount.

"I am absolutely fine if I am not paid for the matches that I missed due to injury but they still owe me money," Ziaur told Dhaka Tribune. "They bought me for $137,000 at the auction. I have received 50 percent of it and now they are asking me to compromise $37,000. They said it is because I couldn't perform [according to their expectations]."

"I am sorry for [not meeting their expectations] but this is not professional at all. I was a contracted cricketer of that team and my performance should have no effect on the remuneration. Even the contract doesn't say so."

* 13:11 GMT - Tamim Iqbal's quote was changed

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

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  • Shoaib on September 24, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Why are some problematic people mentioning IPL when this article has nothing to do with it? this is about Tamim missing some games but won't get paid for it despite being contracted for whole tournament. Although there are some payment problems in BPL 2, Its nowhere near as worse as the first edition. And since already some worried people brought up IPL, only reason its thriving because of India's massive population and strong economy so nothing special just lucky :)

    The fact is BPL was the sole reason Bangladesh players have a positive attitude now and seen in good performances and wins. Beating India and Sri Lanka in Asia Cup, so close to beating Pakistan only losing by 21 and 2 runs. Haven't lost any of the 6 test matches by an innings and winning 1 and drawing 1 away and posting 2 record high test scores and first double centurion. Beat West Indies in an ODI series 3-2 without best player Shakib and best pacer Mortaza and drawing ODI series with Sri Lanka 1-1 without them as well

  • Farhan on September 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Donno why some people talking about ipl here. BCB needs to take steps against these bpl team owners. This year payment has been paid to most of the player hopefully the rest will get paid soon.

  • Chris on September 24, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Its not BCB responsibility to pay the money. Its the franchises. Funny thing is though that they bid for the players with those sums yet cannot pay the whole fee on time...@Rahul...I agree with you such leagues should be stopped because a lot of people are scared hopefully not you :) how it changes the mentality of the players and that was evident when BD beat India last time out. Good luck! :D

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I think leagues like bpl slpl shud be shut immediately

  • Babaji on September 24, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Same old story- Bangladesh doesn't have the money to pay players but they wanted to copy a tournament of IPL scale. Now face the music!!

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Guess what people were saying this league wil be better than IPL.

  • Shipu on September 23, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    I'm still shocked to see that there will be another BPL despite all the problems and controversies. It would've been for best if the BPL was postponed for a year so it can be planned properly and professionally without any problems and instead, the national team should be playing more matches. I love to see Bangladesh invite Ireland for ODI and T20 series rather than boring domestic T20 matches in Bangladesh.

  • Shiv on September 23, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Mushfiqur is trying to find all kinds of silly excuses to avoid paying the players. You dont get paid because you have not performed to the expectation? What kind of nonsense is that. This is not a selling a product, where commision is decided on sales figures.

  • Khub on September 23, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Um getting tired of this BPL... When these guys will learn 2 pay 2 d players....???

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