1st-class players get pay hike

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:24pm on October 28, 2019

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Bangladesh cricket team players listen to team’s bowling consultant Daniel Vettori during a training session at Mirpur on Monday. — BCB photo   

The Bangladesh Cricket on Monday announced to raise the match-fees of National Cricket League players from 71 per cent to 100 per cent following the recent strike of players for better pay and benefits.

The BCB in a statement said the players participating in the NCL top-tier matches will get match fees of Tk 60,000 instead of Tk 35,000. 

The match fees for the NCL second-tier matches were doubled from current Tk 25,000.

Players had demanded at least TK 100,000 as match fees for the first-class matches during their recent strike. 

The players also had demanded a significant raise of daily allowance from existing Tk1,500 as they insisted that it was not possible for them to maintain the required fitness level with this amount of money.

Their demands also included airfare or air-conditioned bus tickets for travelling from one venue to other venue during the competition. 

The BCB said it also increased the players’ daily allowance from Tk 1,500 to Taka 2,500. It also announced to arrange air transport for players or allocate Tk 3,500 for travel on land for venues not connected by air.

‘Substantial increase has been made to team accommodation (up to 80 per cent) and match day catering (up to 85 per cent) allocations,’ said the BCB statement.

‘Transport allocation has been increased to ensure air conditioned buses for team movements between hotel and venue,’ it added.

Senior players welcomed the BCB move.

‘I think it’s a positive initiative by the cricket board. It has doubled our match fees which are not bad at all. I think the BCB should continue their work in order to meet all our demands,’ said left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak.

Former national Twenty20 captain Shahriar Nafees thanked the Board for the decision.

‘I would like to thank BCB for taking such good initiative as it has increased our match fee, travel allowance and daily allowance at the quickest possible of time,’ he said.

The players, led by Test and Twenty20 captain Sakib al Hasan, joined the strike last Monday as they also demanded an open transfer in Dhaka Premier League, returning to franchise-based Bangladesh Premier League next season and inclusion of more players in national payrolls among others.

They called off the strike three days later after the BCB claimed to have accepted most of their demands.