Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Premier League Crisis

All eyes now on Papon

The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) was looking to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon to come up with a solution after cricketers had decided against participating in this season’s Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
CCDM chairman Jalal Yunus said yesterday that they were hopeful of holding of the players’ selection as scheduled on June 23 and he also believed they will be able to start the league from July 3.
“We are hopeful. I hope the crisis will be solved once our board president (Papon) meets with the stakeholders. Both the clubs and the players have to come forward to solve the crisis. As we have already fallen into big trouble with this year’s league, both parties have to be ready to compromise. Whatever compromise we arrive at, it will only be for this season,” said Yunus.
Debabrata Paul, general secretary of the Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB), also said that they were looking forward to the BCB president’s intervention in solving the current crisis surrounding the league, which is the main source of income for a majority of cricketers in the country.
BCB boss Papon was however not available for comment on the issue.
In a sudden development on Monday, the cricketers under the banner of CWAB demanded for the reinstatement of the older form of payment as opposed to the ‘gradation system’ proposed by the board and the clubs this year, and threatened to boycott the league if their demand was not met.