Bangladesh’s national cricketers are likely to lose a lot of potential revenue in the form of match fees and allowances due to the coronavirus pandemic which have already hit the country’s economy quite hard.
Every Tiger cricketer are missing out on nearly Tk 10 million due to the pandemic induced shutdown.All cricketing activities in Bangladesh are at a halt. Discussion and preparation to bring cricket back to the field in August are going on. However, it will not be able to reverse the financial loss Tigers incurred due to the unexpected halt.
The cricketers who play in the domestic circuit are the ones getting the most sympathy but looking into the amount of money which national cricketers lost are overwhelming in itself.
The top-tier cricketers are getting their salaries as per their contract with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). BCB has not been harsh to its employees and players like it has been observed in many countries. Cricket boards of leading cricketing nations such as Australia and England have taken various pay-cutting measures.
Bangladesh were scheduled to play 10 Tests this year but they were able to take part in only two matches, against Pakistan and Zimbabwe respectively at the beginning of the year before corona brought the whole world to a standstill.
Since then, Bangladesh postponed its final phase of the three legged tour of Pakistan and this was followed by cancellation of scheduled home series against Australia and New Zealand which were supposed to feature 2 Test each and an away series against Sri Lanka with 3 Tests, all of which are part of ICC Test Championship fixture.
The match fee for Bangladesh cricketers in Tests now stands at Tk 6 lakh per game. It can be said with a certain degree of conviction that regular names in the format namely Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and others have lost around Tk 48 lakh each as match fee due to postponement of the eight Tests.Looking into the 50-over format, Bangladesh were in line to play three ODIs against hosts Ireland. Tigers’ ODI match fee now stands at Tk 4 lakh which amounts to Tk 12 lakh lost revenue for every player.
Bangladesh were supposed to play 4 T20Is at Ireland and considering the fact that Tigers T20 match fee now stands at Tk 2 Lakh per match, it would have brought in Tk 8 lakh in the coffers of every national team player.
To summarise, due to suspension of cricket since March, every Bangladesh National Team cricketer has lost around Tk 68 lakh just from match fees. They have also lost their daily allowance and travel allowance which is fixed at USD 75 per day.
There is no doubt that efforts will be made to rearrange the ICC Future Tour Program and that Bangladesh would get to play the matches which have been put at hold but the heavy congestion that has been created will be difficult to sort out.
Besides, Bangladesh are scheduled to tour New Zealand to play three T20s in October while Sri Lankan are supposed to tour Bangladesh to play three ODIs in December.
Important international tournaments such as Asia Cup and ICC Twenty20 World Cup are also under the clouds of uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic.