BCB not in favor of cutting players’ salaries
The cricket world has stopped due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. As a result, the cricket boards have suffered huge financial losses. And many boards are thinking of temporarily cutting off the salaries of players to recoup this loss. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) does not want to walk that path.
The loss of the BCB did not diminish as the cricket stalled. The BCB was scheduled to host two series against Australia and New Zealand in next June and August. Both series are again part of the ICC World Test Championship. Now the future of these two series is uncertain. Earlier, the Bangladesh team’s third phase visit to Pakistan and the Ireland series in the UK have also been postponed.
BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said,
“Our situation is better than other boards who are going to suffer huge financial losses. This is a situation we cannot control. We have to wait for everything to be normal. There will be a schedule complexity that we cannot solve. We need to connect with other partners, including the ICC.
“We are not thinking about these things (salary cuts) right now. We are confident that we will not have to take any action as we have some time on our hands. And we hope everything goes back to normal by this time. We are working on how to be with the cricketer and our other staff at the moment of crisis.”
BCB is now looking for a new sponsor for the national team, as well as the broadcast rights (agreement with Gazi Television will expire in April 2020). However, with the Australia and New Zealand series uncertain, these issues can now be created. Earlier in January, BCB sought a new sponsor after the contract with Unilever expired. But for two years, no one agreed to take sponsorship with Tk 55 crore. BCB was forced to enter into an interim agreement with Beximco Group’s DTH company ‘Akash’.