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FICA tells players to shun BPL

George Dobell

March 26, 2014

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Tillakaratne Dilshan during a training session, Chittagong, March 21, 2014
Tillakaratne Dilshan is just one player chasing late payments from BPL © AFP

The future of the Bangladesh Premier League as a reputable international tournament is now in serious doubt after FICA, the international players' federation, advised against future participation because of prolonged non-payment of fees.

ESPNcricinfo understands many players are still awaiting full payment for the 2013 edition of the BPL, with FICA - the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations - now stating it has "no choice" but to "recommend players don't participate."

FICA's condemnation of BPL comes at a bad time for Bangladesh as it concentrates on staging a successful World Twenty20 tournament.

"Whilst a few players have received full payments from their participation in the 2013 BPL, the vast majority haven't and payments are now months overdue," Paul Marsh, chairman of FICA, said. "This is a repeat of the issues we saw in 2012.

"Unfortunately this is an outcome FICA predicted and we advised players prior to the tournament of our concerns. We were hoping the BPL would prove us wrong and deliver an event that addressed our concerns.

"It didn't and going forward we are left with no choice but to recommend players don't participate in an event that doesn't respect players' basic contractual rights."

The latest player chasing payment is Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan. He claims he has been paid only 21 per cent of the fee promised to him for representing Dhaka Gladiators. Although he was promised a second instalment immediately after the tournament, this payment never reached his bank account. The franchise owners insist they owe him nothing.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board, who originally said they would act as guarantors in the event of non-payment issues in the BPL, are now claiming it is not their responsibility to pay the fees incurred by franchises. Sri Lanka Cricket have made representations to the BCB on Dilshan's behalf, but to no avail.

Tim May, the former chairman of FICA, had warned players against participating in the BPL as early as 2012 due to similar issues.

The news comes just days after it emerged that several Chittagong Kings players - England's Ravi Bopara, Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate, West Indies' Kevon Cooper, Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor and Surrey's Jason Roy - had also complained to the BCB that they have not been paid.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

If Bangladesh are serious about establishing their League alongside the IPL and the Big Bash as a major T20 Tournament, they have to take responsibility for players fees and payments. After all, without the players, there is no tournament. The matter is, or should be, relatively straightforward - the franchise deposits the total sum of their players payroll with the Bangladesh Cricket Board as a Bond, or, if the BCB can't be trusted to operate such a scheme, then it should be done through a major bank.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (March 28, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Leagues whether in developing countries or developed countries will implode if they don't pay players on time and as promised. I've seen it over the decades in both groups of countries for a variety of different sports. Anyway, FICA is right to warn their membership of potential pitfalls for players down the road, as they judge it. I think this will take time but eventually we will have good, financially responsible leagues throughout the tier 1 cricket nations. Rights charters or laws protecting individual agent rights in a society, once enforced effectively, will eventually breed legitimately run enterprises.

Posted by snaidu2010 on (March 27, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

@TheProfPak... thank you for your concern but please if i were you i would be more concerned about bringing International cricket to your country, not commenting on a league that your players dont even play. Everyone gets paid on time and paid quite well i should say. Bad apples are there in every sport, we just have to weed them out. IPL has given so much to so many smaller players.

Posted by anton1234 on (March 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

I think Bangladesh was aiming too big for their own good. The amount players get in the Big Bash in Aus and Sri Lankan Premier League is much lower, and within means. It's important the players get paid the contracted amounts but from next year they need to get their calculations right. See the revenues that will be coming in and then contract the players accordingly. Trying to copy or outdo the IPL is just stupidity India is a far bigger country and market than Bangladesh.

Posted by Baundele on (March 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

@ amashr, FICA has warned players against the IPL as well. Here is a cricinfo article: It is their job to 'warn' players, when they find something not ideal. And it is the duty of the players to listen or not to listen to them.

Posted by TheProfPak on (March 27, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

Now FICA should go one step further and ask players to avoid IPL too at least till it's cleaned-up. The money is there but why risk running on sharp-edge sword which could tarnish your repute. I hope and think that many players will not opt to go to IPL.

Posted by Joamiq on (March 27, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Accountability is a good thing. I'm glad this has happened. Those in charge of the Bangladeshi cricketing infrastructure must know that there are consequences for their failure to operate by reasonable standards. Any disappointment should be directed not towards FICA but towards BPL owners and administrators and the BCB.

Posted by amashr on (March 27, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

Mr Mohammad Kamruzzaman, IN IPL, They pay any player be it Indian or foreigner on time and much more than BPL or CPL or SLPL. Now IPL 7 is going to start. Till date FICA never warned players for not participating in IPL. Bangladesh need to improve their cricket quality overall first and then look at BPL.

Posted by Le_Jeu on (March 27, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

I don't really have a problem with the BCB creating the BPL; if it's profitable, it can help fund their domestic infrastructure. But the fact that they have left the players to fend for themselves doesn't really inspire confidence does it? I mean this should really be a message to the Bangladeshi players; that their board may not have their backs when they need it.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Its very shameful for the image of Bangladesh and our businessmen, the owners of this teams, are solely responsible for this. Also BCB can't avoid the responsibility. Its the nature of the most of the big businessmen here that they want to become bigger by exploiting others. They have maintained the same attitude here. One thing i don't understand, if they can't pay that much amount then why they buy players with such huge amount. Look at SLPL or Bigh Bash, what's the level of money the player get from each match? I guess its far below than the contracted money in BPL. If you arrange tournament which wont conflict much of the international schedules, then you will get players even with far less money than you are contracting with right now. Its worse not to pay the contracted money than to contract with less. I will tell BCB not to follow IPL, rather to follow Big Bash, where even no auction is happened.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 0:28 GMT)

BCB back out means players will never get paid by franchise but its bad news for Bdesh cricket integrity no foriegn player will come to BPL.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

I am Bangladeshi, and am severely disappointed in this. Everything is going haywire for Bangladesh right now. I agree with FICA

Posted by avmd on (March 26, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

Bangladesh is not India. They need to improve their domestic cricket circuit , mainly first class structure soon and forget everything else till then. Their team losing to associate teams like Afghanistan and Hong Kong and they trying to organize an "IPL" of their own, without ability to pay the players, disaster. They should follow foot steps of Sri Lanka, how SL emerged a prominent cricket playing nation within years of gaining Test Status.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

This is what happens when you want to use bangladeshi owners, i remember the BCB saying they dont want foreign owners and look what happened. Bangladesh is quite poor so therefore having player at those ridiculous prices was always going to be unlikely. Let IPL be IPL and BBL be IPL's young foreign brother. Would love to see England having such a tournament though.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

Players need to be a little more responsible also when it comes to signing contracts and negotiating payments... Make sure that there are clauses in the contracts that state that if payments are not made by BCB and franchises by a certain date, the contracts will become null and void.. For eg. If BPL is to be played for 3 weeks, first payment should be paid before tournament starts, one at beginning of the 2nd week and one at the beginning of the 3rd....... If payments are not paid player has the right to leave without any legal proceedings against them

Posted by Baundele on (March 26, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

FICA is not a party in this deal. They had similar concerns about the IPL; but the players hardly listened to them. The players should go to the court if there is a breach of conditions in their contracts. The problem is, compared to footballers, cricketers earn very little, and they do not want to miss an opportunity of playing in leagues like IPLor BPL for some easy money.

Assumptions like 'Bangladesh does not have the money' are wrong. In south Asia only India has more reserve in their central bank. In Bangladesh there are many poor people; but there are many extremely rich people as well. These Franchise owners are super rich. I do not really get why they do not pay the players in time. They have enough money for sure.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 26, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

I am not a hater of BPL because I am a T20 fan FIRST and the BPL is a T20 tournament. However, I still feel that BD do not possess the money, infrastructure as India in order to stage such a league. This is a classic case of the pussy cat painting stripe marks onto its fur on the assumption of being a tiger. The SLPL did the same mistake and now they have disappeared into thin air. Next it will be the CPL; even they don't have the money to sustain their league. The IPL has gone strong for 6 years and will do so for hundreds more because the BCCI is the most powerful and richest board. Sure, there are some issues with accountability but the IPL has never ever had issues paying the players. All of this has to do with the Indian cricket fans who fuel the finances. BD should now focus on their domestic structure so that they can improve at the international level. It should have been their top priority from the beginning.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (March 26, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Bangladesh should never have tried to host a tournamnet like the BPL. They simply don't have the money or organizational ability to stage such a league. What they should be concentrating on is to strengthen their domestic first class cricket.

Posted by RibhavBansal on (March 26, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Bangladesh as a country does not have the necessary infrastructure and funds to run a carbon copy of the IPL. This news comes at a very bad time for Bangladesh as their national team is struggling to win a single match. The only way forward for this impasse is to give the remaining amounts to all the players and probably not have a BPL this year, they would have earned some profits after staging the Asia Cup and the ICC world T20. Unless they resolve this issue, international cricketers would stop participating in the BPL.

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