Shakib al Hasan’s remarks have come after the BCB’s newly formed policies on forcing the teams to pick leg-spinners and other rules in the upcoming edition of the BPL
Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan said Bangladesh Premier League T20 is not the platform to “produce new players” and has also urged the Bangladesh Cricket Board for a better payment structure for the players in the domestic circuit.
The premier Bangladesh all-rounder made his remarks during an interview with Bengali newspaper Samakal.
Shakib’s remarks have come after the BCB’s newly formed policies on forcing the teams to pick leg-spinners and other rules in the upcoming edition of the BPL.
Following a revamp of the tournament model, the BCB with opinion from the Bangladesh team think-tank, had come with the rule of making it mandatory for a team to make play local leg-spinners, if in the squad, and that the player must bowl four overs in the game.
Among other policies, one was preferring overseas bowlers who can bowl at a pace of 140kmph or above.
The BCB’s decisions regarding the BPL are being widely discussed in the cricket fraternity but Shakib became the first to make a remark.
“I believe the leg-spinners should play more first-class cricket. That way they can bowl more, be consistent and gain confidence. BPL is a tournament of international standard. BPL is not a place to make players,” said Shakib in the interview.
“Many cricketers from around the world play in this competition thus the local players get to learn a lot from them sharing the dressing room. They will face challenges that are of an international game. BPL can never be a tournament to produce cricketers. We have not been able to play leg-spinners even in first-class cricket but all on a sudden it has been planned to play leg-spinners in BPL. These decisions are surprising. But at the end of the day I will say the board will decide the best,” the Bangladesh all-rounder added.
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Shakib also pressed for a better payment structure in the domestic arena, especially in first-class cricket.
He also expressed concern with the possibilities of a payment lower than ever before in BPL with the “franchises not kept involved” for the upcoming season.
“It is disappointing [payment structure in first-class cricket]. The fee is minimal compared to the living standard. Things are getting costlier. Service holders get increment every year but for us, it is always the same, rather it decreases. Dhaka Premier League and BPL are two big examples of a decrease in payment,” said the 32-year old.
“I strongly feel that the local [Bangladesh] cricketers are kept suppressed. That is not right. Everyone should have equal opportunities. A player should be free to earn or achieve that he is deserving of. I think it is never right to bar the players,” he added.