BCB to give financial assistance to cricketers

Sports Correspondent

29 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will give financial assistance to cricketers not enrolled in the payroll structure, said BCB official on Saturday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is no cricket across the world and Bangladesh is no exception with BCB deciding to postpone all their activities until further notice.

Bangladesh till on Saturday afternoon has confirmed five deaths and 48 cases from Covid-19 while four more patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus which meant that a total of 15 patients have recovered so far in the country.

As there is no cricket, cricketers are large sections of Bangladesh's professional cricketers fear they will miss out on their entire income if the Dhaka Premier League doesn't continue for the rest of the season.

Currently, around 216 players are in the 12 DPL clubs for the 2019-20 season while around 60 players from the league, who are not on BCB's payroll for the central contract or the first-class contract, face an uncertain future due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has stopped cricket in the country.

“We are working on it (paying cricketers who are not in the first-class payroll structure or in the national contract),” said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury on Saturday. “We have decided to give them a financial package whether the league resumes or not there is no relation with it,” he said.  In this time of distress it is necessary to remain beside the cricketer, not in our payroll structure,” he said.

“Players will receive a one-time amount of BDT 30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand Taka) from the Board to support their expenses during the League’s stoppage due the COVID-19 situation in the country,” said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon.