Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura and Hamilton Masakadza have claimed they are yet to be paid the second instalment of payments for their participation in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The two appeared for Sylhet Royals, which is among five franchises that haven't paid the Bangladesh Cricket Board the second instalment.
According to the players' contract this season, the first instalment was to be paid before the start of the tournament while the second was due at the end of it. The third instalment is to be paid within six months of the tournament's end.
Masakadza was bought in the players' auction for 30,000 dollars, but has only received the first 25 per cent of the payment. He played seven matches for the Royals, making 90 runs at an average of 12.85.
"I was so excited when I was bought in the auction," Masakadza said. "The experience of being involved in the tournament was great but it has become a real disappointment since that our second payment is still due, and I've been waiting patiently for ten weeks now."
Chigumbura echoed his Zimbabwe teammate's concerns, reminding the Sylhet Royals to ensure payment. He averaged 44.33 with the bat, picked up 13 wickets and hit 19 sixes, the most in the tournament.
"I hope the organisers can arrange the payments very, very soon as we had our first payment during the event," Chigumbura said. "But the next payment does not seem to be coming. I have waited more than two months already since it should have been paid."
“It's a shame because I have great memories of the tournament, as I finished as the highest six-hitter in the whole thing. But ultimately we are there to earn money, we love cricket, but it's also a job for us."