DHAKA: The unpaid fees figure of the inaugural edition of Bangladesh Premier League T20 currently stands at US$ 305,000 (approximately).
A press release of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) disclosed the matter Saturday.
The deadline given to franchises was June 7 for clearing all outstanding payment of foreign cricketers who had participated in the competition.
The net payable (following tax deduction) to foreign cricketers was US$ 2.77 million (approximately).
The BPL Governing Council has recommended to the BCB that as guarantor the Board should clear the outstanding payment and the process should be initiated immediately.
The payment of local cricketers is also being seriously looked into by the Governing Council which has not received a definite picture of the payment status from the franchises.
Therefore it has been decided that the Governing Council would speak to individual players and relevant officials of team managements and take measures accordingly.
Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) initiated legal proceedings against Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the franchises involved in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) following a widespread failure to pay players.
Immediately after the FICA’s move, BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal told banglanews over phone, “No BPL Player has yet made any complaint to the BCB for his due… Chief Executive of FICA Tim May did not even give us any list of unpaid players.”
“In fact the payment was delayed due to some limitations as we held such tournament for the first time and no franchise said that it would not pay the dues,” he added.
BCB president again said, “I am requesting the foreign and local players to knock BCB for their dues and we will take initiatives to pay them.”
The first session of the BPL ended in February. Despite repeated assurances and deadlines, FICA was informed that many players have yet to receive full payment. As a result, the players’ organisation has instructed lawyers in Dhaka to file a claim against the relevant franchises and the BCB.
Besides, the BPL Governing Council decided to hold the second edition of the BPL T20 in mid-January 2013.
There will be an increase in the number of venues based on infrastructure, logistical support and broadcast facilities.
BDST: 2221 HRS, JUN 09, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor
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