The BCB has paid the players of Dhaka Premier League clubs Kalabagan Cricket Academy (KCA) and Cricket Coaching School (CCS) their dues on Wednesday, a week after the deadline it had issued for payments to be made had passed. Players from Victoria Sporting Club and Brothers Union, however, remained unpaid and were in the dark leading into the Eid holidays.
The board paid the KCA players 30% and the CCS players 52% of their total payment, completing the 60% they were supposed to be paid by June 9, when the league's first phase ended. The BCB had instructed the clubs to pay the players 30% of their full payment before the start of the league, the next 30% at the end of the first phase, and the remaining 40% six weeks after the end of the Super League on June 22.
Players and officials from Abahani Limited, Gazi Group Cricketers, Kalabagan Krira Chakra, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club, Legends of Rupganj, Prime Bank Cricket Club and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club confirmed they had received 60% of their payment, and were awaiting the rest in the next five weeks. Some of the Mohammedan Sporting Club players were waiting for the second installment but most of the players had been paid the amount due.
CCS captain Rajin Saleh said he received a check from an officer of CCDM, the BCB standing committee that runs the capital's leagues. He said he received 52% of his total payment from the board, in addition to the 8% he had received from CCS during the league.
"The BCB has paid the CCS players today," Rajin said. "We are quite relieved because now we have at least the first 60% of the payment. We will tell the club that if they pay us another 10%, we will let go of the remaining money."
KCA captain Mahmudul Hasan also confirmed that many of his team-mates had received cheques from the board. BCB director Jalal Yunus said the BCB considered paying players from these two clubs first because of their plight during the league. He also said that KCA and CCS would have to reimburse the BCB the full amount it paid on behalf of their clubs.
"We have paid players from these two clubs as they have suffered the most during the league," Yunus told ESPNcricinfo. "We have informed both clubs that they have to reimburse the BCB the exact payment. Otherwise we will have to take action against them."
However, the BCB and the players from Victoria and Brothers Union remained unaware about their payment. ESPNcricinfo learned that the clubs had told the board that they would make the payment themselves, but as of June 29 the players had not been given the remaining money.
"The payment issue with Victoria and Brothers is unlikely to be resolved before Eid. The clubs told the BCB that they would pay the players but so far the players haven't been paid," a BCB official said. "I think the board will wait until after Eid before paying the players."
Brothers Union batsman Shahriar Nafees said they were owed 30% by the club. "The Brothers Union club authorities have assured us that they are going to pay us as soon as they have funds," he said. "The BCB too have told us that they will do all they can to get the clubs to pay us. We also prefer that the clubs pay us. It has become quite difficult for many of the players, because Eid is coming up."
The situation is most difficult for the Victoria players. On June 14, they wanted to meet the BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury but were stopped by their club president Nisar Uddin Ahmed Kazal's promise that they would be paid up to 60% by the next day. The payment was not made and it prompted the BCB president Nazmul Hassan to give the clubs the 72-hour deadline on June 19.