A total of eight franchises had shown their interest to take part in the upcoming edition of Bangladesh Premier League, the Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon informed on Monday.
“Eight franchises have shown their interest for the upcoming edition of BPL according to the latest report. We will talk to them and will finalise later,” said Nazmul.
“I’m not sure yet whether Beximco will take part in BPL or not. Actually many franchises are not interested in the short-term contract. They want a long-term contract with a long plan. I’m not even sure whether Bashundhara Group will take part in BPL or not,” Nazmul said.
The BCB earlier invited expression of interest from the reputed business companies for the ownership of six franchises for the eighth edition of BPL T20.
According to the invitation, the interested parties submitted their EOI by December 5. The BCB is expected to host the tournament between January 20 to February 20 next year in three venues – Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet.
Nazmul, meanwhile, insisted that the wages gap between foreign and local players should be minimized during the upcoming tournament.
“I first raised the question and said that there shouldn’t be too much salary difference between local players and the foreigners, especially in the players’ draft. And local players should get their desired payment but I’ve not seen the details yet,” he said.
A local player from A category will receive TK 25 lakh while a local player from B category will get TK 18 lakh if a franchise picks him from the draft event and he’s fully available for the tournament.
Meanwhile, a foreign cricketer from A+ category will receive TK 64.5 lakh if he’s picked from the players’ draft while A and B category foreign players will get TK 43 lakh and TK 34.4 lakh respectively.
Franchises can spend a maximum of Tk 4 crore each to build their teams consisting of the highest 22 members while they can pick a maximum of five foreign players from the players’ draft and can also add the highest three more foreign players outside the draft.
A franchise can pick the highest three foreign players in their playing XI for each game, according to the tentative draft seen by The Daily Sun.