‘Players’ By Choice or Players’ draft’ – the selection system of cricketers in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, has been going through controversies for quite some time, the system, which was inflicted in DPL all of a sudden from 2012-13 season upon a decision of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM).
Last year, CCDM forced to uplift the system for a while facing rages from present and past cricketers of the country on ground of monetary degeneration from the one of the most important domestic tournament in Bangladesh. But in the coming season, it has once again been retained.
The players by choice procedure restricts cricketers’ opportunity of being financially benefitted in DPL. Under this system, a fixed scale of payment has to be endured by cricketers on contrary to a free choice which enable them to determine an amount through discussions with club authorities.
In this regard, CCDM Chairman Kazi Inam told to the media, “We are considering to determine the players by choice as a regular mode of constructing teams in DPL. We will also discuss this with BCB; I think it would be good enough to enlist a fix system rather than rotating things.”
In players by choice, a number of cricketers have found themselves in the brink of huge monetary loses because of curtailing the total price of cricketers even into halves in some cases.
Overlooking the matter, CCDM Chairman said, “The grading has been increased than the previous season. We tried to maintain the rhythm. Some cricketers will receive more amount of money than last year.”
He further added, “Look, under open system, many cricketers play in much lesser amount of remuneration but it won’t happen under player’s by choice. For example, the amount of expense of one of the teams Khelaghor has been doubled due to come under draft system. Robiul Islam Robi received 5 lac BDT last year which will be increased up to 8 lacs this season. I don’t think any cricketer would count a loss here.”
Five cricketers in ‘Icon Grade’ will receive 35 lac taka each while other seven cricketers in the twelve member grade will have 25 lac taka each.
It is reported that a sky high demand from a cricketer forced CCDM to retain the players’ by choice procedure once again. The aforementioned cricketer demanded 60 lac BDT for a season in this years’ DPL.
Although the particular name has not been revealed, the said cricketers could be one among Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Litton Kumar Das and Anamul Haque Bijoy.