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Desperate SA Global League upsets BCB, BPL

  • Published at 05:11 pm August 25th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:33 pm August 25th, 2017
Desperate SA Global League upsets BCB, BPL
The inclusion of at least seven overseas players in the South Africa Global League T20 players’ draft, to be held on Sunday in Cape Town, has paved the way for a bizarre situation and irked the BPL T20 franchises and the players involved. It is understood that the issue has also displeased the BCB. The maiden edition of the South Africa League is scheduled to start from November 4 with the final slated for December 16, directly clashing with the schedule of the fifth edition of the BPL, set to get underway on November 3 in Sylhet. The BPL governing council had announced its event date almost two months prior to that of the South Africa League. The BPL GC allows its franchises to directly recruit foreign cricketers and not wait for the players’ draft. This opportunity is availed by all the franchises in the Bangladesh T20 tournament. Many of the franchises had started roping in overseas cricketers from the first quarter of this year. The signings of these cricketers have been declared in mainstream media and social media platforms by the teams and the players simultaneously. But things went complicated after the players’ draft list of the South Africa League revealed 90 international cricketers, including the names of at least seven players who have already signed agreements with a BPL franchise for the 2017 season. This has put at least four BPL franchises in a bizarre scenario. Defending BPL champion Dhaka Dynamites had an agreement with Cameron Delport and Shahid Afridi. Chittagong Vikings signed Liam Dawson while West Indian cricketer Darren Sammy had committed to continue in his second year for Rajshahi Kings. Khulna Titans are involved in the issue as well with the signings of English cricketer Dawid Malan, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan. It is understood that among these players, a few had requested the CSA to omit their respective names from the draft list, only to get included again. There is also the case of a player not signing any document with the SA Global League but still finding his name on the list. It is understood that the players have made several requests to CSA to remove their names but was unattended when this report was filed. The players pulling out their names from draft or auction in such T20 leagues is a global practice and is complied as gentleman gesture. Dynamites CEO Obeid Nizam thinks CSA has not done their homework well, that of including players who have already committed to another tournament. The Dynamites official expects the BCB to speak on behalf of the BPL franchises. "We have sent a letter to CSA via BCB where requests have been made to exclude the players we have already signed. We have a clear agreement with those players which we can present if need be. The players are committed to play for us in the BPL. It will be a big blow for the team if the players in question go unavailable with only a few months away from the tournament,” said Obeid. Kings CEO, Tahmeed Azizul Haque echoed similar sentiment, saying, “This complication is unfortunate. As a BPL franchise what we can do is communicate the issue with the BCB and expect them to take care of it. The latest development of the issue saw CSA circulate "legal ramifications" among the players and their agents. This is an unique move by a cricket board compared to that of the other leagues taking place across the globe. Dhaka Tribune has acquired a copy of the letter. Meanwhile, the BCB believes the players who agreed to the BPL already will arrive for the tournament and meet their commitment, given their respective binding with the teams, if not affected by international cricket commitment. According to the BCB vice chairman Mahbub Anam, the board will reach out to respective board of the players for issuance of No Objection Certificate to participate in the BPL. “Legally the players have signed with the BPL teams prior to the event (players’ draft) taking place in South Africa. If required we will present necessary documents to the respective board to justify the right of the BPL teams,” said the BCB director to Dhaka Tribune on Friday. With T20 leagues being hosted by almost all the leading cricket nations, Mahbub believes it is high time to formulate policy by the ICC so that the harmony of global cricket remains intact. The BCB director also cited the need of policy to ensure the players and their agents act responsibly. “In football the players have only one agent dealing everything. But that is different in cricket. Here a player is seen to have multiple agents which often create confusion. There are cases when an agent is found to make a move without the player’s consent. I believe this needs to stop and the players need to act more responsibly. The ICC should come up with a policy for this too,” Mahbub explained.
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