Since mid- March, Bangladesh has suspended all forms of sports with rising cases of Covid-19. There is both discussion and preparation for cricket to return to the field in August if the situation permits. However, it will not be able to make the cricketers overcome the financial loss they already have faced so far
The Covid-19 pandemic in the country has hit the economy and the sports of the country real hard. The national team players have felt the heat both in terms of financial loss and opportunity of playing cricket in the top level as Covid-19 has potentially deprived them millions of bucks with the international matches being abandoned for months.
Since mid- March, Bangladesh has suspended all forms of sports with rising cases of Covid-19. There is both discussion and preparation for cricket to return to the field in August if the situation permits. However, it will not be able to make the cricketers overcome the financial loss they already have faced so far.
The cricketers in domestic circuit are the ones getting the most sympathy. But, looking into the sums that have been lost by the current national team cricketers is overwhelming in itself.
The top tier cricketers are getting their full salaries as per their contract with the BCB. The board has not been harsh to its employees and players like it has been observed in many countries. Cricket boards in leading countries such as Australia and England are reported of encountering problems paying salaries and thus have found way in various cut-off options.
However, looking into the income that the Bangladesh cricketers would have had if cricket was not suspended due to the crisis is massive. Bangladesh were schedule to play 10 Tests this year but as it has been they were able to play only two matches, against Pakistan and Zimbabwe each at the beginning of the year.
Since then the game was taken off the field. Bangladesh first postponed its final phase of the three legged tour of Pakistan and this was followed by cancellation of scheduled home series with Australia and New Zealand that had involved two Tests against each of the opponents and an away series against Sri Lanka that had involved three Tests – all of which are part of the ICC Test Championship.
The match fee for Bangladesh cricketers in Tests now stands at Tk. 600,000 per game each and considering regular names in the format with the likes of Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and others have lost Tk. 48 lakh each as match fee due to postponement of the eight Tests.
Looking into the 50-over format of the game, Bangladesh was in line to play three ODIs against hosts Ireland. ODI match fee is now Tk. 400,000 each and each of the cricketers have lost potentially Tk. 1,200,000. There were also four T20I matches to be played during the tour of Ireland which was supposed to generate Taka 800,000 for each player having a match fee of Taka 200,000 per match of shortest format of the game.
So, as a whole, if one of the players would play all the scheduled games for Tigers that has been postponed due to covid-19, he would fetch taka 68 lacs only as match fees and the sum would only swell with daily allowance and income from personal sponsors.
There is no doubt that efforts will be made to rearrange the ICC Future Tour Program and that Bangladesh would get to play the matches that have been put at hold but the heavy congestion that has been created due to the cricket being put at hold worldwide, it will surely take time from to recover.