Dhaka Gladiators, the champions of the maiden venture of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, could not get the opportunity to play in the upcoming Champions League T20 Tournament, says Selim Hossain Chowdhury, the chairman of the Dhaka Gladiators. “As the champions of the first version of the BPL, we could not get chance to play in the forthcoming Champions League this year as ICC kept BPL under two-year-long surveillance. But if we could be able to become champions in the next season of the BPL, then we will play the Champions League,” said Selim Chowdhury said at a press meet in a local hotel on Tuesday on the eve of the ‘celebrating feast’ of the Dhaka Gladiators.
“But this time around we will try to arrange at least one match at home or away with a team of Champions League.”
The first version of the BPL Twenty20 tournament was finished six days ago. But no franchised teams could pay their committed payment to their local and overseas players though it was earlier settled that all players would get their 75 percent payment during the tournament.
The owner of the Dhaka Gladiators opined, “We have already paid 25 to 30 percent payment money to our local players. But legally we did not give any money to our foreign players due to the complexity of law.”
“But we are the sole team, who first submitted application to Bangladesh Bank to give payment to the foreign players. But the central bank of Bangladesh asked to submit a copy of contact papers that would be singed between team and the players. Even they have asked to submit a copy of the approval of National Board of Revenue (NBR) in this regard,” he also opined.