Bashundhara Kings President Imrul Hassan said on Tuesday that his side have put all the contract talks on hold for the next ten to fifteen days as they are not worried about the contract expiry of booters and staffs.
Kings’ official also said that his side are more concerned about coronavirus threat countrywide than the expiry of the contracts at this moment.“We are not thinking about booters’ contracts at this moment. We have put all the contract talks on hold for the next ten to fifteen days and are more concerned about the pandemic coronavirus outbreak. We told Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to find out a solution regarding this issue (contracts),” he said.
Kings, which emerged champions in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2018-19, formed a 33-member strong team including 28 local players and 5 foreigners in the ongoing soccer season. Their five foreigners are Costa Rican Forward Daniel Colindres, Argentine Striker Hernan Barcos and Defender Nicholas Delmonte, Tajik Defender Akhtam Nazarov and Kyrgyz Midfielder Baktyiar Duishobekov.
The star-studded club found themselves in a dilemma after BFF Professional Football League halted their all domestic leagues including BPL 2019-20, Tricotex 3rd Women’s Football League (WFL), the final round of BFF National School Football Championship, Independence Cup for an indefinite period. BFF took the decision after the Ministry for Youth and Sports gave directives to postpone all sporting domestic and international events to avoid public gathering.
The Bashundhara President, who feared for the contracts, now said, “The league and other competitions have been suspended for an indefinite period. We feared for contracts with players and staffs. If we fail to pay their salaries then they may complain to the AFC. We held a meeting and decided to send them on leave in the last week. We are now waiting to see the full impact of the crisis in the current season.”
Kings suspended its training camps and sent booters, staffs on leave. Imrul further said, “We sent our local players on leave. Barcos and Kazi Tariq Raihan have left Dhaka last week. Barcos flew to Argentina and Kazi Tariq to Finland. The other foreigners are now staying here, we put them in home quarantine. The season seems uncertain, so we are also trying to send them to their countries.”
Bashundhara Kings started the ongoing season clinching their maiden title in the curtain-raiser Federation Cup 2019-20 on last January and made a flying start in the AFC Cup’2020 outplaying Maldivian club TC Sports by 5-1 goals in the group opener on March.In the ongoing BPL, the big-budgeted club secured 10 points with three wins, one draw and two defeats from six matches after the sixth round.
Kings, which are also taking part in the Tricotex 3rd Women’s Football League (WFL), also suspended their women’s camp and sent booters in their hometown. They confirmed 23 booters including 19 national players to form a strong team in the league.
Club’s Head of Strategy and Planning Bayazid Alam Zubair Nipu said, “We signed the contracts with them only for this season. We have suspended women’s camp on March 19 and sent booters on leave. As per the contracts, the club authority can send players on leave. So, we are not too much worried about expiration.”
The women wing of Bashundhara dominated the top spot of the women’s league securing 15 points from five consecutive wins from five games after round five.