BCB denies FICA’s allegations
While franchise-based domestic cricket leagues have become popular around the world, there is no shortage of criticism of the tournaments. It is almost heard that franchise based domestic cricket leagues are about financial opacity.
According to a survey by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), at least 34 per cent of players in six franchise leagues, including the Bangladesh Premier League, are struggling with wages. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has denied the allegations.
Jalal Yunus, director of the BCB and a member of the BPL governing council, said:
“FICA’s report is not entirely true. There may be some issues, there are opportunities for players to play in and out of the draft. There shouldn’t be any problems with the players in the draft. Because the board sees the matter perfectly. We pay them in full. However, the franchises communicate directly with the cricketers outside the draft. As a result, the payment problem may be with one or two cricketers outside the draft! But that’s not much at all, it could be a small amount.”
Jalal Yunus claims that the BCB is not negligent in paying any fee. If there was any such problem, the foreign players would at least inform the BCB. Jalal Yunus said, “No one has complained to us. As a result, we became victims just by saying pale, that’s not it. If any player wants our intervention, we will.”
The FICA report cites the BPL along with the Global T20 Canada, Abu Dhabi T10, Qatar T10, Euro T20 Slam and the Masters Champions League. Bangladesh is the only full member of the ICC among the leagues. In addition, the Abu Dhabi T10 and Euro T20 Slam are played by the world’s most famous players. They did not play in the Global T20 Canada last year due to wage problems. The Euro T20 Slam was postponed for the same reason.
FICA has urged the ICC to address the issue of players’ remuneration. “Systematic contract breaches and non-payment of players are issues that urgently need addressing,” Tom Moffat, FICA’s CEO, said.
“The ICC has an obligation to protect people working within its regulatory frameworks and it’s time something was done about this issue.”
BPL was also closed for two years due to salary complications. At the end of the second edition of the BPL, the league was closed due to the inability to pay the players. Later, BCB introduced player by choice system by lifting the auction system.