Members of the Bangladesh national team players will get pay hike when the Bangladesh Cricket Board will update their list of contracted players in the next few weeks, said a senior official on Monday.
The BCB awarded a significant pay-hike to the players last year when it raised the salary of A+ category players from Tk 2.5 lakh to Tk 4 lakh.
The salary of A category players rose from Tk 2 lakh to Tk 3 lakh, B category players from Tk 1.5 lakh to Tk 2 lakh and C category players from Tk 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh and D category players from Tk 75,000 to Tk 1 lakh per month.
The captain and vice-captains of different formats were given additional incentives of Tk 20,000 and Tk 10,000 respectively.
As a result all contracted players were benefited with Mushfiqur Rahim, Sakib al Hasan and Mashrafee bin Murtaza each receiving highest Tk 4,20,000 per month. Tamim Iqbal drew Tk 4, 10,000 while Mahmudullah got Tk 3,00,000 as lone A category player.
Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar got Tk 2,00,000 each while Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain each got Tk 1,50,000. The salary of three Test specialists Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam and Mehedi Hasan was fixed at Tk 1,00,000.
Chairman of BCB’s cricket operation’s committee, Akram Khan, announced the salary of the players would be increased during their contract, though not in manner at it happened in the last year.
‘We increased the salary by 100 per cent last year, and slowly we will increase it more,’ Akram told the reporters at Mirpur.
Akram refuted the suggestion that Bangladesh players are lowly-paid compared to their counterparts from other countries.
‘The salary Bangladeshi cricketers get in the domestic tournaments is higher than many countries. So we have to think about it, and the cricketers who talk about it, should also think about it. I think we are trying our best,’ said Akram.
In October 2017, a statistics published in cricket’s leading website Cricinfo showed Bangladesh, Test and Twenty20 skipper Sakib al Hasan earn $0.14 million as salary and match fees from the BCB, just slightly better than the erstwhile Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer ($0.09 million).
Akram hinted that the number of contracted players also would be reduced this year as several players fared poorly in the preceding year.
The BCB have currently 16 players under its payroll but it has already dropped batsman Sabbir Rahman for his poor disciplinary record and he could be joined by Taskin, Kamrul.
‘We have to consider a lot of thing as it is better to have less number of players in the contract. But we couldn’t finalise the proposal,’ said Akram.
The current contract of the players ended in December and the new contract should be effective from January.
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