The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) could not hold the interest of the players in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and the Dhaka Premier Division cricket. The BCB has taken the side of the franchises and owners rather than supporting the interest of the players, for which the opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has criticized the BCB.
This was the first time that the Dhaka league’s players were transferred through an auction. The crickets were disappointed as the money held was less and there was lack of freedom in the selection of teams. Later, they agreed on a lottery system for the transfer process. [Watch Video Clip: Shakib treating Shoaib Akhter like a ‘local bowler’]
The last season’s champion, Victoria’s captain Shakib Al Hasan, was taken by Kalabagan Krira Chakra. His Victoria’s team mate, Tamim Iqbal, will now play for Brothers Union; which was out of the super six clubs.
After returning from the West Indies, where he played for St. Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Tamim’s question was, “Is the Board made for the players, or for the franchises and clubs?”
“The BPL franchises’ have claimed last time to reduce the salary of the players, and BCB have acknowledged their claim. This time, too, the clubs demanded the same and BCB again agreed to it. Thus I raised that question”.
“Following the IPL’s method is not bad. But over there the local players get more money and the young players are encouraged. Over here at BPL, the foreigners earn more. Players like Mushfiq and Shakib gets money in thousands, while foreign players get averagely in lakhs. How logical is this, is the question of an explosive opening batsman.”
While reasoning his stance against the League’s new method of player transfer, Tamim said, “Thinking about ourselves as well as the future cricketers’ financial security, we did not support this method.”
“In Sri Lanka, senior players like Jayewardene and Dilshan had to haggle with the board for good salary. They will not play for much longer, thus they don’t really need it for them. But they thought about their future cricketer’s and then did it. Maybe we will have to do the same.”
The current captain and the former captain, Mushfiq and Shakib, also expressed their apathy and odium towards the auction process of transferring players.