Players, teams in dark over BPL pay rules

October 24, 2015

Though the players’ draft for the Bangladesh Premier League is over, the payment rules of cricketers still remains quite unclear as players and franchises looked to be in dark regarding the issue.
A BPL official on Friday said that local players will receive the full amount that had been stipulated in their respective grading, but may not be the case for overseas players.Officials said that overseas players will be paid on a pro-rata basis, based on their availability for the matches.
Even if they are fit and available, an overseas player will get only 50 per cent of his match-fee if he is not selected to play a particular game.
This would reduce significant financial burden for the franchises as they will not be obliged to make complete payment, officials said.
‘This is the rule applied in IPL [Indian Premier League]’, said BPL’s technical committee member Khaled Mahmud.
‘So, I don’t think we should be any different. We will just follow the IPL in this case.’
Akram Khan, a BPL governing council member who represented Chittagong Vikings in players’ draft, said the rule should be slightly different.
‘I think we will have to pay the full amount if someone is available for matches regardless of his selection,’ said Akram.
Both Mahmud and Akram said local players will get their full amount even if they are not selected.
‘We don’t want to apply the IPL rule for local players as they are already getting much less amount than the foreign players,’ said Mahmud.
‘But I am not sure if they will get the full payment even if they are injured. The general understanding is that once a player gets injured he won’t be paid because franchises need to take a replacement for him.’
A BPL official said franchises were told to make a health insurance for the players so that they can cover the injury cost.
The confusion over payment rules created a lot of controversies in the first two editions as franchises refused to play a number of players citing that they were injured despite the player claimed his availability.
According to new rules, teams must pay the players 50 per cent of their wages before the start of the tournament and 25 per cent during the tournament. The rest of the 25 per cent have to be paid within a month of the tournament.
The BCB said it will pay the players form its own coffer if any franchise become defaulter and will adjust the money from their bank guarantee.
The third edition of the tournament will start on November 22.

-With New Age input

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