Bangladesh Premier League

Sylhet resolves monetary issue with governing body

Sports Correspondent

25 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 franchise Sylhet Sixers said on Saturday that they have sorted out their payment dispute with BPL governing and looking forward to participate in the upcoming four-year cycle.

There were doubts over their participation in the BPL as they had not cleared around 70 percent of their participation fee but the franchise put an end to speculations by sorting out the matter suggesting they are very much on in the lone franchise-based Twenty20 tournament of the country.

The series meetings held for BPL T20 between its Governing Council (GC) and franchises came to an end with Sylhet Sixers meeting on Saturday.

“We have sorted out our payment (dispute) and looking forward to take part in the upcoming cycle,” said Sylhet Sixers Chief Executive Officer Yasir Obaid to reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

BPL GC was mulling to introduce cycle regulations to mark the start of a fresh cycle and to reach common grounds, the GC met the franchises of the tournament individually.

“We spoke about the grounds and match officials. We also spoke about the revenue sharing like majority of the teams. We will now send a written application to BCB which will not only mention revenue sharing but also talk about direct signing of the players, players’ retention policy for this year and years to follow,” said Yasir.

“What we basically want is continuity and a sustainable BPL model. The franchises spend a lot of money to run the teams and it will be quite a difficult job to run the team for the next four years. But we are all working together to make this entire tournament a success like it has been in the past seasons. Going ahead it is important to have a fixed schedule given we have the FTP (Future Tour Plan) of Tigers till 2023. BCB should now be able to let us know when the tournament can be held in the coming years. When BPL clashes with other tournaments, it becomes difficult for us to plan and also get good players,” the Sylhet official added.

Majority of the franchises in the meetings demanded continuity of same rules from the last season in regards to the players. Sylhet CEO Yasir echoed similar sentiments to that of the majority of the franchises. Following the meetings and statements of the franchises, it has turned out that only Dhaka Dynmaites look to be against the tide. Dynamites and Rangpur Riders has been at the epicenter of the ongoing saga following ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s sudden transfer.

Earlier this month, Rangpur had declared the signing of Shakib as category A+ player as the cricketer made a move from Dhaka Dynamites to Rangpur Riders, a franchise that he has played for the last three seasons. BPL GC almost immediately came into motion and announced their decision of revamping rules and regulations.

“Rangpur (Riders), Comilla (Victorians) and other franchises have given their own suggestions to the BCB. We gave suggestions of our own which were decided upon after our internal discussions involving the team management and the owners of the franchise. Regarding retention, we agree the same to others given that it has been a successful model. But then again this tournament has lots of stake holders involved and there is now a discussion of bringing in new owners for Chittagong. So I believe BCB will come to a decision keeping all facts in mind. But whatever it is, the rules implemented will have to continue for next four or five years,” Yasir explained.

BPL GC as informed earlier is now to have discussions of their own having noted observation of all the existing franchises. It is likely that after reaching a decision BPL GC will once again sit for a common meeting with the franchises and draft the agreement to complete the renewal procedure with the franchises. Amongst the seven franchises from the last season, only Chittagong is in need of new owners after DBL Group decided to discontinue in the tournament.