The Highest paid cricketers of BPL
The wait is over, the mega event Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL) season four has started from today. Since the arrival of ”Players Draft” system in the tournament, the name of the most expensive player of the competition has been a mystery so far. On papers there is no cricketer to get the highest payment, as all the players, local and overseas are distributed in different categories. Each player from a particular category has the same value, which is fixed. [Read in Bangla: বিপিএলে চার ম্যাচ খেলে ৩ কোটি টাকা পাচ্ছেন গেইল]
Therefore various players are held to get same payment. The Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL) governing council has already announced all rounder Shakib Al Hasan as the highest-paid local player in this season and is set to receive Tk 55 lakh (approx. $68,750), the cap set for his payment. Mushfiqur, Tamim, Mashrafe and Mahmudullah will get at least Tk 50 lakh each from Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla and Khulna respectively. Sabbir and Sarkar, also in the A-category players, will get Tk 40 lakh each from Rajshahi. But still most franchisees has signed overseas players beyond the payment limit set by the governing council of Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL).
The exact season fee amount of these overseas players is known only by the players and its franchisee, sometimes may be the governing council as well. As a result we are not aware who are going to cash how much wealth from the season, still we tried to find it out. After talking with numerous officials of almost every franchisee, we have got an idea about the the actual value of some high profile overseas players. One thing is clear, as per match fee none are near Chris Gayle this season. The Jamaican hard hitting opener will be the highest paid cricketer once again as he was the last season. Its said he is going to earn around Tk 3 Crores (approx. $3,75,000) from Chittagong Vikings for the four matches he is going to play.
Gayle will be followed by his country fellow Andre Russel. Its said he is going to earn 22000 Dollars each match. That means he can earn Tk 2.5 Crores (approx. $3,12,500) if he plays the full season. The former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi is also among the highest paid cricketers of Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL) season four, he will earn Tk 1 Crore and 60 Lacs (approx. $200,000) this season from his team Rangpur Riders. But one thing is clear since none of the franchisee are providing any official statement, these amount are not official.