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Cricket news - BCB dismisses FICA's non-payment claims

FICA report had underlined unresolved financial issues in the BPL.

FICA report had underlined unresolved financial issues in the BPL.

Bangladesh Cricket Board has dismissed payment-related issues after FICA pressed the International Cricket Council to address "the systematic contract breaches and non-payment of players". FICA named several T20 Leagues - Global T20 Canada, Bangladesh Premier League, Abu Dhabi T10, Qatar T10, Euro T20 Slam and Masters Champions League - and stressed there are unresolved financial discrepancies. The BCB, however, labelled it as "misleading and misinformed claims regarding the handling of franchisee event contracts" in a media release on Tuesday (August 4).

The Men's Global Employment Report 2020 also specifically mentions the players from Bangladesh players not getting paid the ICC event prize money while Zimbabwe players are still awaiting their contractual dues. BCB acknowledged there are only four payment related issues, out of more than 170, that are pending.

"The BCB would like to clearly state that the only unresolved/disputed payment from the BPL concerns four (04) persons - three overseas players and a coach, of one particular team that had participated in the 6th edition of the BPL held in 2018," the board said in a release. "This is an isolated case in a tournament where more than 170 local and overseas players and support staff were contracted.

The BCB revealed it has duly initiated legal proceedings against the defaulters. "Between January and April 2020, the BCB received complaints from the representative(s) of the players and coach that the franchisee in question had failed to comply with its obligations and did not complete payment. As per the franchise agreement it was the responsibility of the franchisee to directly pay in full its contracted players and support staff.

"Nevertheless, as the regulatory body of the event, the BCB had duly inquired the matter and subsequently has initiated legal proceedings against the accused franchisee to realise the pending payment and resolve the issue. It should be noted that the Board has kept constant contact with the concerned individuals and representative(s) who are fully aware of the steps taken by the BCB."

"We have sent legal notice to the team for clearing the payment and we are working on how it can be recovered as we have some responsibility in this regard but we are not bound to pay them [the due amount] as they were picked outside the draft," BPL governing council member secretary Ismail Haider told Cricbuzz on Tuesday.

"It is clearly stated in the tournament by laws that BCB is not liable for players or support staff who are picked outside the draft as we are not aware about the negotiation taking place between the two parties.

"But still we are looking into the matter as they played in a tournament hosted by us and certainly it is a matter of concern for and we are taking it seriously as we feel BCB is in some way responsible but that does imply we are bound to clear the dues taking the by-laws into account," he concluded.

BCB pointed out that all their players have been paid the amount earned from ICC events. "FICA's media release also points towards Bangladesh as one of the full members which supposedly has not paid its players ICC event prize money," the release read.

"This is a total misrepresentation of facts. The BCB has completed prize money payments to players from all previous ICC events including the last, which was the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. It may be mentioned that the BCB has maintained a standard by which players on a number of occasions have received additional incentives from the board on top of the prize money from ICC events during distribution."

The report, based on the 2018-19 pre-COVID-19 season data, surveyed 277 men's professional and international players from its nine member countries and found significant payment-related issues across countries in international as well as domestic circuit. Approximately 34 per cent of those asked, have gone through the ordeal. Several players who featured in different leagues have reported payment related issues.

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