Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

BCB itself didn’t get its dues

The payment issue of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) keeps dogging the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The second edition of the franchise-based tournament ended on February 19, but the organisers were still struggling to solve the issues.
It’s not that most of the players have yet to receive their second instalment, which they were supposed to get by the end of the tournament. But the BCB itself is yet to get their dues from Game On Sports and the seven franchises.
The first edition of BPL in 2012 earned praises for its on-field success, but that was marred by the dilly-dallying of players’ payments which embarrassed Bangladesh cricket’s image internationally.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon promised a better show in the second edition, but things hardly changed as international and local players are crying for their payments.
“Only two out of seven franchises paid the second instalment of the players’ payments which is really unfortunate. On the other hand we are yet to get Tk 19 crore from Game On Sports [the tournament management company] and the franchises are also yet to pay their participation fees which is in total Tk 22 crore,” informed Ismail Haider Mallick, secretary of the BPL governing council, yesterday.
“We already asked our legal adviser to issue legal notice to the franchises. On the other hand we will meet the Game On officials very soon to solve the problem,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the BCB is the guarantor of the players’ payment this season.