BCB mulling to cut-short contract duration

Sport Correspondent

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is thinking of making the players contract for six-month instead of one year considering their recent performance in the World Cup followed by their drubbing in the three-match one-day international series during the tour of Sri Lanka.

 BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told daily sun that though it is not finalised yet they are thinking in this line and soon they will be tabled during the upcoming days meeting.

 BCB decided to shorten the contracted players’ list as the board of directors approved the new list that was pruned down from 16 to 10 members in 2018.

 “This is not a new rule. If we want we can introduce a new players and drop for disciplinary actions or for bad performance, like that. So it has always been there. And this time, we have that intention to do that,” Akram said.

 “We haven’t taken the decision but it is in our mind and maybe after one or two of weeks or a month,” he said.

Akram said that they are considering cut-short the duration of contract because of performance but added he does not believe it will have a negative impact on the players.

“Yes, performance is a factor here. And we can include new players too, and drop the players who are not performing. Performing is really important, disciplinary important. We will consider everything,” said Akram.

“The contract is there for one year, but there is an extended option that we can exclude or include anyone after six months. This is nothing new,” he said.

“After June, it might be longer than six months. It depends on us. It’s not like we have to maintain the six months rule. It’s in our rule book. So whenever we want to do it,” he said adding he does not see any reason to make a fuss out of it.

“Why it would be an extra pressure. Who plays well…. We have 12-13 players competing with a lot of players. So we keep the top (performing) players. So sometimes we see the board is investing a lot and giving opportunities but we are not getting the results as we expect and this is not good for our cricket,” he added.

BCB awarded a significant pay-hike to the players last year when it raised the salary of A+ category to Tk 4 lakh and the salary of A category players to Tk 3 lakh. B category players receive Tk 2 lakh, C category get 1.5 lakh and D category players receive Tk 1 lakh per month.

 List of contracted players: Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman,Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan.