BCB gives legal notice to Sylhet Sixers
Cricket world has been in turmoil since the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) has released its annual report. Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team Sylhet Sixers did not pay three cricketers as well as a coach.
The franchise of BPL has not paid the fee even after informing about this more than once verbally. As per the previous announcement, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sent a legal notice to the team this time.
In the 2018-19 BPL, Sylhet Sixers did not pay the full amount of Caribbean batsman Nicholas Pooran, Afghanistan cricketer Gulbadin Naib, Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir and Waqar Younis. Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis coached Sylhet that year. In this situation, these three cricketers and coaches had failed to get money even after contacting the franchise and BCB.
FICA said in its annual report on Monday that more than one-third of cricketers who play in franchise tournaments around the world are either late or not paid at all. The 6 tournaments that have been identified include the BPL.
However, the BCB said in a press release on Tuesday that 170 local and foreign players, coaches and supporting staff had worked in the 2018 BPL. Only four people in a particular franchise are in arrears. The BCB called it an isolated incident.
After that, BCB has taken strict steps to collect the arrears. On Tuesday, they sent Sylhet Sixers a legal notice. This information has been confirmed by Ismail Haider Mallick, Member Secretary of BPL Governing Council. Despite sending legal notices, he said the BCB had no chance to pay because the players were outside the draft.
In response to a question, he said,
“We have sent legal notices to the franchisees to pay their arrears as soon as possible. We have little to do here. We do not have the opportunity to pay them. Because everyone has been taken out of the draft.”
Referring to the FICA’s report as a concern for the BCB, the member secretary of the BPL Governing Council added, “This is a matter of concern for the BCB and we are taking it seriously. BPL is BCB’s tournament. It is natural that BCB will be associated with anything good or bad here. We will take care of things better in the future.”