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Pool system likely to reappear in DPL

  • Published at 10:04 pm December 4th, 2019

The cricketers had rejected the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s decision to have a players-by-choice system, which was first introduced in 2013

The Dhaka Premier League is likely to get back its old “pool system” in the upcoming season. 

The decision of returning to the traditional regulation at the premier 50-over cricket tournament of the country is to come from the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis.

It is understood that CCDM has drafted a list of 48 cricketers in the pool from which a team can pick four players for the squad. 

DPL getting back its traditional players’ transfer system was one of the 13 demands made by the cricketers during the protest in October this year. 

The cricketers had rejected the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s decision to have a players-by-choice system, which was first introduced in 2013.

“The proposal of introducing pool for DPL was discussed but nothing is finalized yet. We will take a decision soon in this regard and if it is approved then we will prepare the pool accordingly,” informed a BCB official, requesting anonymity, to the media Wednesday.

It has been learnt that a national discarded cricketer is asking for more than Tk50 lakhs for the upcoming season of DPL, despite having played for less than half the remuneration last season with the players-by-choice system in place. 

But with the re-introduction of the players’ pool, these sort of high demands will be rejected.

Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited official Tarikul Islam Tito informed that currently it’s tough for the clubs to negotiate with the players but with he changed system, the players will be in hot water.

“I think those players will be in trouble unless they start downsizing their salary. No clubs can take more than four players but if a player is not picked by any clubs, then he will be able to get picked like before or whether they can get players under clearance, I don’t know about that. I am aware that many players are yet to confirm their respective teams, despite some clubs already forming their squad for the tournament,” Tarikul explained.

With the players’ pool likely to be in place, the transfer market for the DPL will suddenly put the clubs on the vantage position. 

With reintroduction of the traditional transfer system, where a player gets the chance of negotiating and choosing his own club of choice, cricketers were in expectation of a handsome income. 

With the pool system in place, there will be uncertainty among a group of cricketers of being left without a team, or compelled to sign for a lower remuneration. 

“One club official contacted me and said they are thinking of picking me, and I accepted their offer, asking them that they should pay me in cash. All of a sudden, the club official called me and said they are not ready to sign me as they want to see how it goes in the transfer market,” said an experienced domestic performer asking not to be named.