Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) denied the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA)'s claims regarding handling of franchisee event contracts and payment of players in the ICC events and termed it misleading and misinformed.
In a recent report, the FICA mentioned that the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 Cricket is one of the sanctioned leagues where late payment or non-payment issues persist.
BCB in a media release on Tuesday clearly clarified the issue and stated that the only unresolved/disputed payment cases in the BPL Cricket concerns only 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.
It is an isolated case in a tournament where more than 170 local and overseas players and support staff were contracted, it said.
It was learnt that Sylhet Sixers is the defaulter and the BCB is ready to pay entire amount to the players in case of failure of the franchisee.
Between January and April 2020, the BCB received complaints from the representative 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 franchisee agreement, it was the responsibility of the concern franchisee to pay directly in full to it's contracted players and other 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, the media release added ,
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. This is a total misrepresentation of facts.
The BCB also denied the claim as they already has completed prize money payment to players from all previous ICC events including the last ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, despite of making late
“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,” it said.