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Nazmul chalks out uncomplicated BPL

Post  Admin on Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:16 pm



Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan is doing everything in his jurisdiction to make sure that the third Bangladesh Premier League, planned in November, does not resemble the controversial first two editions.

And in order to keep the players’ payment irregularities from surfacing again, Nazmul revealed that the companies submitting the “Expression of Interest” will also need to submit a bank-guarantee and pay-order.  

Flora Limited, previous owners of the Rangpur Raiders, cleared their dues with the board as the number of interested buyers for the upcoming season went up to 12.

“The other old franchises can also submit their EOI but for that they will need to clear the dues by this Thursday,” said Nazmul
after a meeting with the BPL governing council at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

According to the BCB chief, five of the old franchise owners owe approximately Tk 36 crores 81 lacs with Khulna Royals owing highest 8.19 crores.

This time around, BCB will ask for Tk 5.5 crores – 4.5 crores in bank guarantee and one crore as pay order – in the bank before selling a team.

“The guarantee money will cover both the players and participation fee. We won’t have to worry about the payment any more after that and I believe this will eliminate all the irregularities that we saw in the first two seasons of the tournament,” said the BCB president.

He even hinted of increasing the number of teams in the tournament if needed. “In case the number of eligible parties are more than the number of teams in the tournament, we might decide to increase the number of teams. This can be eight or even 10.”

“What we have experienced from the first two editions of BPL is that few franchises took this as a business. We don’t want those kind of owners. We will check the background of the owners and their interest in the game before awarding them a team. The owners will have to have the tendency of contributing for Bangladesh cricket,” said Nazmul.

BCB realised that the previous payment structure was never realistic in the cricket market in Bangladesh. In order to omit the chaos with regards to players’ payment, both domestic and international, the BCB has decided to adopt the “Players by Choice” system as opposed to the traditional auction.

“I have already asked the concerned parties to prepare categories for the players, both domestic and international. There will be three categories – A, B and C. The Players by Choice system will allow us to make sure that all the teams are balanced equally,” said Nazmul.

Four foreign cricketers will be allowed per side in accordance with the Players by Choice system. However, a franchise can also register an overseas player through personal arrangements but in that case the BCB will not be liable for the cricketer’s payment issues, if any.

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