26 Sep 2022, 18:23

BPL fixes salary slab of players amid overseas players' crisis

   DHAKA, Sept 26, 2022 (BSS)- The governing council of the Bangladesh

Premier League (BPL) has decided the grade and the salary slab of the
cricketers for the upcoming edition, which is scheduled to be held in the
first week of January next year.

     As some top level T20 tournaments coincides with BPL, there is
apprehension of getting enough quality foreign players but despite that the
governing council won't back out from their decision to hold the tournament
as scheduled, BPL member secretary IH Mallick said.

     "You know that South African league, UAE league are owned by Indian
franchisees. Most of the foreign players have been signed there. We also
cannot postpone the tournament due to the tight schedule of the national
team," Mallick said here today.

     "In that case, the thing is that maximum four foreign players can play
in a team but if any team fails to do so, they can field minimum two foreign
players. We'll not place any obligation on the registration of foreign
players. Even if someone comes and plays for three days, another person can
come to replace him."

     As usually separate remuneration is fixed for the local and foreigner
players with the highest category domestic cricketers getting Tk 80 lakh
while foreign with highest category getting a maximum of US$ 80,000.

     The matches will be held at three venues in Dhaka, Chattogram and
Sylhet. There will be a total of 46 matches.

     While in every edition, BPL governing council kept a special category
Icon player, this time the authority said there won't any Icon players.

     However, a foreign cricketer can be included in the team on direct
signing. Apart from this, cricketers have to be bought from players draft in
7 categories.

     The highest category for local player is 'A', the lowest is 'G'. Maximum
TK 80 lakhs and minimum TK 5 lakhs is fixed as the remuneration according to
the category. Foreign 'A' category cricketer's salary is US$ 80,000.

     IH Mallick said, the value of the draft will be for 'A' grade 80 lakhs,
'B' grade 50 lakhs, 'C' grade 30 lakhs, 'D' grade 20 lakhs, 'E' grade 15
lakhs, 'F' grade 10 lakhs and 'G' grade 5 lakh.

     "Our BPL period is from January 6 to February 16. At the same time two
or three top level tournaments in the world will be held," Mallick said here

     "We had nine companies initially apply for franchise, followed by two
more applications. There were about 11 applications in total. From that we
have finalized seven possible franchises. We are saying 'possible franchises'
--that because of this we have some financial issues that they need to meet."

     Mallick further informed that one direct local signing will be allowed
this time while there is no limitation for the direction contract for the
foreign players as there will be stiff competition to get the quality foreign
recruit due to some top level T20 tournaments.

     "We will allow one local direct signing. The rest should be taken from
the draft. We didn't give any limitation in case of direct singing for
foreign and that you know is understandable."


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