Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh urged the Bangladesh Cricket Board to ensure 50 per cent payment of Dhaka Premier League cricketers for this year’s league from their respective clubs in a virtual meeting on Tuesday night.
Country’s leading cricketers like Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, top officials of CWAB, BCB’s chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury along with BCB director and chairman of Cricket Committee for Dhaka Metropolis Kazi Inam Ahmed were present in that meeting.
This year’s DPL only saw six games before it got deterred for an indefinite period on April 15 after a primary month-long postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The list-A competition is a primary income source for a large number of cricketers in the country and this postponement was a huge financial blow to them.
To lessen the financial burden of the players CWAB asked BCB to make sure the players get paid at least half of their contracted amount.
‘Considering the financial conditions of the cricketers, CWAB will request Bangladesh Cricket Board to take initiative and consult with the clubs to pay 50 per cent of the contract money, according to the traditional values and rules,’ CWAB said in a media release issued on Wednesday.
In response to it, the CCDM chairman said in his statement that they had already urged the club officials to make 50 per cent of the cricketer’s payment.
‘Players of Brothers Union and Partex raised concerns that they have not received payments this season. CCDM had already advised the clubs to pay 50 per cent payment before the start of the league started despite the fact that players’ payments this season are under direct contract with teams,’ said Inam.
Inam also told media that CCDM was working to find alternate venues to start the league despite there being no set date for the league’s resumption.
‘Yesterday [Tuesday] I attended a meeting with CWAB and several national team and first-class cricketers. We spoke at possible start of DPL season. At this point we can’t confirm a date but want the DPL clubs to be in regular touch virtually with players to make sure the players can maintain fitness.
‘The clubs should be prepared to start the league when the situation is suitable with a short notice of 15 days.
‘I suggested Cox’s Bazar or BKSP as alternate venues where all players and club managements accommodation can be arranged with strict measures of isolation’, said Inam.
But CWAB wasn’t hopeful of the league starting anytime soon after the meeting.
‘At the end of the discussion, it was decided that in current reality, it is not possible to start Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in a month,’ CWAB said in a media release sent after the meeting.
Whenever domestic cricket finally resumes, the DPL will get first preference, according to the CWAB media release.
‘The meeting unanimously decided that whenever the future situation of the country becomes normal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board is to take a decision on starting domestic cricket through Dhaka Premier League 2019-20.’
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