Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13

Bangladesh board denies bypassing PCB

Mohammad Isam

January 18, 2013

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Jason Roy and Ravi Bopara have their first net with BPL franchise Chittagong Kings, Dhaka, January 14, 2013
The Bangladesh board insists it followed the correct protocol in recruiting overseas players for the BPL © Chittagong Kings

The PCB's response

  • "In order to put the record straight, it is stated that PCB received no request from Bangladesh Cricket Board regarding release of its players for the auction of BPL.
  • "It should also be noted that the tour of Bangladesh to Pakistan in April 2008 was an FTP commitment and in no way a favor to PCB. It is pertinent to mention here that just before that tour, Zimbabwe and South Africa also visited Pakistan in the same period.
  • "As far as the first edition of BPL (2012) is concerned, the PCB cooperated with the BCB after then president BCB Mostafa Kamal made long-term commitments and understandings and requested the PCB to support their league. The release of the players on part of PCB was intended to make the inaugural tournament of the BCB a success."

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has denied the PCB's claims that it had not followed the correct procedure for approaching players for the Bangladesh Premier League. The Bangladesh board also said that the PCB's last-minute refusal to give Pakistan players NOCs has caused it to be in a "difficult and embarrassing situation".

"On December 5, 2012, the BCB had formally written to the national cricket associations of all Full Members seeking support and cooperation for issuance of 'No Objection Certificate' to the cricketers under their respective jurisdiction who were interested in participating in the 2nd edition of BPL T20," a BCB media release said.

"The subsequent player auction, in which a good number of Pakistani players were bid for and picked up by different franchises, received worldwide media coverage. At no point during the continuous communication between the BCB and PCB on various matters since the BPL 2013 auction on December 20, 2012 did the PCB raise any concern about the NOC issue until January 16, 2013."

The PCB had claimed that the BCB bypassed them and approached the players directly. "This was regrettably felt by BCB when they approached PCB at the last moment for release of the players for their league," a Pakistan board media release said.

"As per practice and procedures in vogue, a home board has to approach the visiting players' parent board seeking release of its players for their domestic cricket competitions. In BPL's case, BCB, their representatives or the players' agents were in contact directly with the Pakistan players and PCB was kept out of this process. Even the auction of Pakistan players at BPL was done without PCB's prior permission or intimation."

The BCB also reminded Pakistan of their cooperation when Australia had refused to tour the country in 2008. Bangladesh had toured Pakistan in April that year, playing five ODIs and a Twenty20. But over the last year, the relations between the two boards have been poor, culminating in the PCB stopping their players' participation in Bangladesh's domestic Twenty20 competition.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by asporag on (January 19, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

You pakistani players had some chance to play cricket and earn a lot foreign money. But your PCB has made some strange and backdoor decision for you. Wat a pity! feel sorry for your pakistani supporters.

Posted by Shortcuts on (January 19, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

@mazii...Minnows? yeah you're right I agree as they are weaker Cricket teams Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and all that but what are you? just curious :D

I'm sure people like you will run away when a 70mph ball is directed at you so please behave mate before you make a fool of yourself :D

Posted by wiseshah on (January 19, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

last 2 years bangladesh beat india, srilanka, saf, west indies, NZ, and beat NZ 4-0, west indies 3-2, final in asia cup. great achievement BD, keep it up

Posted by mazii on (January 19, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Let Bangladeshi enjoy playing with other Minnows in this league.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (January 19, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

AHZ-DUBAI - Glad to see you're wasting your time on other countries leagues especially minnow teams what's the matter? please address. When that PSL happens then the fun will start and see if it goes safely. All matches will be held in Lahore so we will see crowd in PSL. About the crowd bit of BPL, Saturday is a working day in Dhaka and there are 7 teams and BPL is using 3 stadiums so there's no need for Dhaka people to watch a game of i.e. Khulna v Rajshahi or something. Dhaka were in the final last year and every seat was filled so I think you spoke a bit too soon because the tournament has just only started and lasts for almost a month. Since crowd is such a big issue for you need to explain why Cricket matches 'everywhere' are losing crowds these days see the bigger picture mate.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 19, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

@Dubai: Its a BANGLADESHI premier league silly still don't seem to understand looks as if you have some problem with it. Its looks to me your more interested in the business aspect of it instead of the Cricket. Fact is it helps us and that's something you can't stand so I can see your frustration and I thought you were an Indian fan?

Posted by wiseshah on (January 19, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

i wonder if pakistan will stay as a country, lets forget their cricket team

Posted by wiseshah on (January 19, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

PCB and its player have very good record of lying. last 5 years . they came to news only for wrong reasons, asif, amir, salman butt, shoib malik, ijaj ahmed, selim malik, shoib akhtar, rashid latif, mohammad washim, ijaj butt, mohammad yousuf, zukarnain haider, mazhar--- list grows and grows.

Posted by rasel_drubo on (January 19, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

@KiwiRocker: Regarding your comments "India not sent their players in any of BPL editions"....FYI....Indian playes are not participating any other league like SLPL BBL or any T20 league. and regarding your comments" B'desh was no doing any favour to Pak by visiting but instead it was a FTP comittment"..... hahahhahahh I just can't stop but laugh...If visiting PAK is FTP comitment why AUS ...ENG not toured PAK and played on neutral venue like UAE/ENG?

Posted by AHZ-Dubai on (January 19, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@coffee, less than 1000 people showed up in the stands for the Dhaka Galdiators match of BPL. I actually thought that there cannot be more 50 people who are interested in BPL. I was wrong. Actually there are about 800 people in the world who actually are interested in BPL. Good show. Keep it up

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