Fica through a report on its “Men’s Global Employment Report 2020” listed the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 as one of the sanctioned leagues where late payment or non-payment issues persist
Bangladesh Cricket Board has termed Federation of International Cricketers' Associations claims regarding the handling of franchise event contracts and payment of players from International Cricket Council events misleading and misinformed.
Fica through a report on its “Men’s Global Employment Report 2020” listed the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 as one of the sanctioned leagues where late payment or non-payment issues persist.
Fica in its report also mentioned that Bangladesh players were due ICC event prize money.
Starting its journey in 2012, the first few editions of the BPL were marred with irregular payments.
The tournament however, seemed to have come a long way in terms of ensuring the payments of the players and support staffs in the last few editions until the Fica report revealed the recent irregularities.
Addressing the claims made by Fica on BPL payments, BCB in a statement Tuesday said, “BCB would like to clearly state that the only unresolved/disputed payment from the BPL concerns four persons - three overseas players and a coach, of one particular team that had participated in the sixth edition of the BPL in 2018. This is an isolated case in a tournament where more than 170 local and overseas players and support staff were contracted.
“Between January and April 2020, the BCB received complaints from the representative(s) of the players and coach that the franchise in question had failed to comply with its obligations and did not complete payment. As per the franchise agreement it was the responsibility of the franchise to directly pay in full its contracted players and support staff.
“Nevertheless, as the regulatory body of the event BCB had duly inquired the matter and subsequently has initiated legal proceedings against the accused franchise to realise the pending payment and resolve the issue. It should be noted that the Board has kept constant contact with the concerned individuals and representative(s) who are fully aware of the steps taken by the BCB.”
The three players and the coach mentioned by BCB had all participated at BPL franchise Sylhet Sixers.
It has been learnt that the three overseas cricketers are the West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir and Gulbadin Naib from Afghanistan.
The coach is former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis.
Fica report also claimed that Bangladesh players were due ICC event prize money which BCB claimed as “misrepresentation of facts”.
“The board has completed prize money payment to players from all previous ICC events including the last, which was the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. It may be mentioned that the BCB has maintained a standard by which players on a number of occasions have received additional incentives from the board on top of the prize money from ICC events during distribution,” said the BCB statement.