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20 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Cricketers urge BCB to properly implement ‘player by choice’

Most of Brothers players yet to get full payment
Sports Reporter

The payment issue of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League once again came to the fore after Brothers Union players claimed to have not been paid fully despite the club’s pledge to clear the dues before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Eid-ul-Fitr was gone while the Eid-ul-Adha is approaching but the payment issue remains unsolved. That very issue also put a question mark on the ‘Player by Choice’ system which brought in forth to keep transparency in payment matter.

“It’s been three months that we have been coming here (to take our payments). Not all of us play here in Dhaka, so if the cricket board could see into whether the Player by Choice system is the right one for us, then it would be very good,” said Brothers cricketer Alok Kapali.

Alok Kapali claimed that they were due to receive their remaining payments -- 25 percent payment is still pending, before Ramadan Eid. However, they have not received the remaining payment yet and Kapali urged the ones involved to look into the matter.

“Most of our families run from the payment of the Premier League. The Premier League along with the BCL, NCL and the BPL are part of the domestic tournaments and since not everyone is playing in the BCL or the BPL, hence payments from the Dhaka Premier League are really important for the families of the players,” Kapali added.

The former national player, the first ever Bangladeshi cricketer to claim a Test hat-trick  urged the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to look into the matter of whether the ‘Player by Choice’ transfer system serves the players adequately.

The ‘Player by Choice’ system, instilled in 2013, was put in place whereby clubs bought players via a rotational policy – one decided by lottery. The system was a point of contention after it was implemented as the players felt that it was unfair since they were not able to choose which clubs they wanted to play in. The senior national players like Shakib Al Hasan and others also had previously showed their reluctance over the bidding system.

But the board was adamant, saying that alongside making the payment issue transparent, the system also made level playing field for all the clubs.

Forced by BCB to accept the system, the player said that if the Player by Choice system remains in place next season then BCB should make sure it is well-implemented. According to them the system preceding the Player by Choice, popularly dubbed as ‘Inter Club players transfer’ where players had contracts was not so troublesome.

“CWAB sent two letters to the club but they have not gotten any response yet,” Kapali said. “We played with contracts and there was no issue with payments back then. I thought that was a good system.”

After missing the Eid-ul-Fitr deadline, the Brothers Union management told the players, they were going to give the payments ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha but it now looks unlikely.

The players have been told that in September the remainder of their fees will be paid but no date has been given.

Brothers manager Amin Khan, also the co-ordinator of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM), the guardian of the Dhaka clubs couldn’t be reached for the comment over the issue despite repeated attempts.

Meanwhile, CWAB (Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh) secretary Debabrata Paul said that two letters have been sent to BCB with the last one sent just a month back. “There was a commitment that last Eid the payment should have been completed but it did not happen and that is unfortunate,” he said.

“The players have confusion regarding this process (Player by choice). Since the system is already in place, it is important to carry it out properly while maintaining the rights of the players.”

“If a Test player needs to come to a press conference to talk about pending payments then the matter is obviously painful for us,” he said.

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