BCB sends legal notice to Sylhet Sixers

Sports Correspondent

5 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official said on Tuesday that they have sent legal notice to Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Sylhet Sixers to clear the outstanding dues they owe to their squad members who took part in the last edition of BPL, country’s lone Twenty20 tournament.

BCB officials insisted that they will try to fulfill their responsibility and make sure that the players are paid in full though BCB are not legally bound as the duo was picked outside the draft.

FICA report highlighted that BPL is one of the six global leagues where players have had payment issues and later BCB through a press release on Tuesday stated that the payment disputes in BPL concerns four (04) persons, three overseas players and a coach, of one particular team that had participated in the 6th edition of the BPL held in 2018. This is an isolated case in a tournament where more than 170 local and overseas players and support staff took part.

When contacted, BPL Governing Council Secretary Ismail Haider told daily sun that they are not bound to clear the dues as all the four members of the squad was picked from outside the draft. 

“We have sent legal notice to the team for clearing the payment of the duo. We have some responsibility in this regard but we are not bound to pay them as they were picked outside the draft,” he added.

“It is a matter of concern for BCB and we are taking it seriously, because BCB has some responsibility in the development,” he said.

“We know that some franchises (from the 2018-19 season) have not paid according to the terms of payment, (of) which we have been informed by the players' agents,” said Ismail.

“We are trying to ascertain the amount by speaking to the players and franchises to get the accurate information,” he added.

According to the latest annual players' report over a third of all players have experienced either late or non-payment problems in a host of domestic T20 leagues across the world.

The Men's Global Employment Report 2020, put together by the global players' body, Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), found that 34% of all players had experienced payment troubles while the body identified six leagues where players have recently experienced pay issues namely Global T20 Canada, Bangladesh Premier League, Abu Dhabi T10, Qatar T10, Euro T20 Slam, Masters Champions League BPL is the only Full Member-run league in that list, but the others - including the GLT20 Canada, the Abu Dhabi T10 and the Euro T20 Slam, which is partly organised by Full Member Ireland, have attracted big-name players from across the globe.

Meanwhile, BCB has described FICA’s allegation over prize-money issues in ICC events as a total misrepresentation of facts, stating that they have cleared all the payments to the players from all the previous ICC events.