The 12 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) clubs are mulling having the “players by choice” system for the upcoming season of the competition.
Scheduled to take place in February-March next year, the clubs have started signing players only to get irked with “absurd” demands from some of the cricketers.
According to different club officials, some cricketers are asking for a remuneration which is not practical to the premier 50-over cricket tournament of the country.
The 12 premier league clubs understand the value of the top-flight cricketers, including the likes of Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
But they were severely displeased to see the demands of some cricketers who are yet to reach the level of the ones leading.
It is understood that at least four premier league teams are more than half done lining their respective squad for the forthcoming season, including the likes of Gazi Group Cricketers, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club and Legends of Rupganj.
“Honestly we also want the players to get a remuneration which is worthy of their performance. But what is happening now is some cricketers are not being practical. This has surely upset some of the clubs thus they are requesting the board to have the ‘players by choice’, in order to keep the value of the players under control. The league has to take place but the final decision on the issue will come from the board (BCB),” said Samiul Azim, manager of premier league side Kalabagan Krira Chakra.
The players by choice system in the Dhaka League has been under criticism since it was first introduced in 2013.
The cricketers have always been vocal against the system and had argued of it depriving the players from earning their true value.
The BCB after much discussion last season had ruled out the controversial system and allowed the Dhaka League clubs to rope in players directly - the traditional way.
“I have said this many times already, the players by choice in the Dhaka League drastically cuts down their seasonal payment from the clubs. Now if a club cannot afford a player, I think it is wise not to go after that particular cricketer and look for affordable alternative. But given the situation, a final decision is to come from the board and the league will take place the way it is decided,” said Gazi Group coach Mohammad Salauddin to Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Mohiuddin Billan, in-charge of the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis informed that the board has not yet decided anything on the issue.
“The season is long away. Yes, there might be discussion ongoing on the upcoming season among the clubs and the players but we (CCDM) did not have any meeting yet,” said Mohiuddin.