Sports, Cricket

Cricketers demand remuneration hike

Published : 21 Oct 2019 08:24 PM | Updated : 28 Aug 2020 09:40 PM

Bangladesh's cricketers have decided not to participate in any cricket activity for the foreseeable future until their demands for the improvement of cricket in the country are met. The immediate impact of their action will be on the National Cricket League, currently in progress, the training camp for next month's tour of India, and possibly the tour itself.

The players released a list of 11 demands, including a reversal of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision last month to abandon the Bangladesh Premier League's franchise-based model.

“BCB should increase the number of the cricketers in the national central contract. The salary of the national cricketers should be increased, which is stuck on the same amount for three years” said Enamul Haque Jnr, the hero of Bangladesh’s first Test win.

Here is a brief summary of the demands

1.    The players deserve more respect. They want to have more say on Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB).

2.    The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has to go back to the system of the previous year. The disparity between salary of local players and international players must end and there should be a more balanced salary structure. The players must be able to decide in which grade they are.

3.    The match fee of the first-class cricketers should be 1 lakh Taka. Their salaries must be increased by 50 percent.

4.    Facilities like gym, indoor and ground must improve. Coach, physios and trainers must be appointed throughout the 12 months of the year. Even if the facilities cannot be ensured immediately, we want it to be ensured before next season begins. Every division has to have practice facilities so that players do not have to travel to Dhaka. 

5. The quality of balls used in first-class cricket must improve. The daily allowance of 1500 Taka, allocated for players by the BCB is not adequate and the amount must be considered so that the players can meet the demands of fitness level that was required by the BCB. 

6. The plane fares of the players must be ensured by the BCB when the players travel for games. No allowance is needed for the players but the hotels they reside in must contain gym and swimming pool since the players go through a rough time after each day of a four-day game. The bus service afforded to the players when they go to the ground must be improved.

7.    Salary of grounds men must increase. The local coaches here get very little in terms of salary and a foreign coach’s salary sometimes equates to the salary of 20 local coaches.

8. The umpires need more financial security if we want them to carry on the task as professionals and it is the same for physios and trainers. 

7.    They wanted various domestic league alongside NCL, BCL, DPL and BPL. 

9.    The owed salaries of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), must be paid on time.

10.The rule that a player cannot play more than two franchise-based tournaments in a year must be overturned.

Tamim Iqbal also made a remuneration-related demand. He said: "We have to respect the local coaches, physios, trainers and grounds man. They get really a little amount of salary at the end of the month." 

"Everything is included," said Shakib. "Apart from the Under-19s and the other age-group teams, all first-class and national teams are included. From today. From the National Cricket League to first-class, national team preparations, internationals…everything is included."

The BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they would react only once the demands are presented to them formally and they know the details.

The state of cricket in the country had led to simmering discontent among the players. The trigger seems to be the decision on the BPL, which reduced the average professional cricketer's earning to an all-time low. The players' woes were furthered after the BCB didn't raise the match fees in the first-class competition that began earlier this month. 

These, in addition to the salary cap applied to the Dhaka Premier League, although it used to be an open market for club-to-club transfer for players, for the last several years.

Shakib Al Hasan, led by Bangladesh National Team and 

first class players, raised eleven demands.