The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has increased the centrally-contracted players' match fees in the new contract. The agreement was signed by the cricketers before they left for Sri Lanka last week.
The match fee for a T20 International has been increased from Tk 35,000 to Tk 50,000, for One Day Internationals (ODIs) the fee was increased to Tk 1 lakh from Tk 60,000. For Tests, players have received an increment of Tk 50,000 and will now receive Tk 1.5 lakh per match. However, if the players manage to take the game past lunch on the fifth day they'll receive Tk 2 lakh. As an added incentive, the BCB has stated that cricketers would get Tk 2.5 lakh for drawing a Test match.
“We had a meeting with the players earlier and they told us that their net salary was decreased in the new contracts. We therefore decided to increase the match fees and also provide an additional incentive,” said BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon in Mirpur yesterday.
The president also informed that the Dhaka Premier League, the country's domestic 50-over competition that was supposed to take place this month would be delayed due to a cramped schedule and the unavailability of national players.
“There are a number of reasons for the delay. The players have been playing continuous cricket for a while now and a number of them are also injured. The national selection committee had sent us a list of 27 players and requested us not to allow them to participate in the league. Apart from that the under-19 players will also be busy in April. We also have to provide players for the upcoming 'Bangladesh Games' in April, so that's another issue,” said Papon.
“The clubs have therefore asked us to postpone the league till May so that the national players will be available. So it won't take place before May,” Papon added.
The BCB officials have informed that they will make a list of available players and schedule a different time for the league.
With regard to the umpire spot-fixing scandal in which Bangladesh umpire Nadir Shah is among the accused, BCB officials stated that they had conveyed their decision to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and in reply received certain queries. “We wrote back to the ICC, answering their queries. We will reveal our decision only after we hear from the ICC,” said Papon.