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Star cricketers to face financial loses under team sponsorship contract

In 2015, after the tender calling of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), media agency Top of Mind diluted telecommunication company Grameen Phone to purchase the sponsorship of Bangladesh national team with an amount of 41 crore and 41 lac BDT which, after ending two years of contract, was taken by another telecommunication company Robi Axiata Limited in June 2017, for the second time. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ কোটি টাকার ক্ষতি সাকিব-তামিমদের!]

Star cricketers to face financial loses under team sponsorship contract

The present contract has been running up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. After the sponsorship dealing of 60 crore BDT, Robi Axiata Limited imposed conditions that cricketers would not be allowed to participate in any advertisements of any other telecommunication companies except Robi within the time frame of contract.

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In the subsequent stage of prolong silence, the highest authority of cricket in the country has taken active steps forward in this regard Notices already have been sent by the BCB to cricketers who have contracts with other telecommunication companies except Robi.

Bangladesh national team cricketers, for their sky high popularity, are made brand ambassadors of several mobile companies for which they are hugely paid. Now cancellation of those contracts would inflict significant financial loses to star cricketers.

A BCB source informed cricketers are bound to maintain the conditions of team sponsorship; which is, however, supported by international laws that making contract with more than one identical companies of a kind is not eligible.

Under BCB contract, limited over skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal are paid 48 lac BDT per annum. Besides that, star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan received 5 crore BDT under a contract with one of the telecommunication companies.

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