Gayle, Sangakkara, Afridi among the top priced players in BPL-3
As there was no auction for this year’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), there is no way of official determination to who the most expensive cricketer of the third season of BPL is. According to the official rules of this year’s BPL, there is also no chance of any individual’s being the most expensive one, given the fact that the maximum prices for the cricketers among different categories have already been fixed by the BPL Governing Council.
However, still there are reports going round that BPL’s Jamaican import Chris Gayle, who will represent Barisal Bulls this year, is likely to become the most expensive player of BPL-3. It has been confirmed by the Barisal franchise that Gayle will be awarded 35 thousand US dollars (28 lac taka) per match. But one thing needs to be noted that he will be available for only five matches. In that case, if he plays all of those five matches, overall he will get 1 lac 75 thousand US dollars, which converts to a grand total of 1 crore 40 lac taka in Bangladeshi Standard Currency.
On the other hand, Kumar Sangakkara, one of the best cricketers of all-time, will play for Dhaka Dynamites. The Sri Lankan great will be paid 14 thousand US dollars (11 lac 20 thousands taka) per match. Now, as he is available for all the matches, he has a chance of playing a maximum of 7 to 8 matches. In that case, he can get a total of 79 to 90 lac taka in Bangladeshi Standard Currency.
In the meantime, Sylhet Superstars have struck a one-time deal with Pakistani flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi. In exchange to his availability in all the matches, Afridi will overall get 90 thousand US dollars, which converts to 72 lac taka in Bangladeshi Standard Currency.
So, the Gayle-Sangakkara-Afridi trio are going to be the highest paid participants in this year’s BPL. Apart from them, Tilakratne Dilshan is also likely to receive a handsome amount of money, which is still to be revealed. The likes of Shoaib Malik, Marlon Samuels and Ryan ten Doeschate might be the other top priced players of the cash-rich T20 tournament.