4th August 2020

BCB’s statement on FICA Media Release concerning ‘Men’s Global Employment Report 2020’

• Only four (04) individual pending payment issues out of more than 170 players and support staff from BPL 2018. BCB has initiated legal proceedings against franchisee
• ICC Event prize money payment completed in full

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has noticed some misleading and misinformed claims regarding the handling of franchisee event contracts and payment of players from ICC events in a media release from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA). FICA’s media release in relation to its ‘Men’s Global Employment Report 2020’, has listed the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as one of the sanctioned leagues where late payment or non-payment issues persist.

In this regard, the BCB would like to clearly state that the only unresolved/disputed payment from the BPL concerns 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. This is an isolated case in a tournament where more than 170 local and overseas players and support staff were contracted.

Between January and April 2020, the BCB received complaints from the representative(s) 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 franchisee to directly pay in full its contracted players and 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.

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 has completed prize money payment to players from all previous ICC events including the last, which was the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. 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.

• This media release was published by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on 4 August 2020. Click here for the original.

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