A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: 54 players still awaiting payment from playing in BPL

Players that are not paid will go up for auction in the next edition of the tournament

Fifty four players, including six overseas players, are still awaiting payments from playing in the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

All six franchises owe players money more than seven months after the tournament concluded.

Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) has released an updated list of the players still waiting to receive their wages.

Of the six foreign players yet to be paid, four played for the Dhaka Gladiators, two for the Khulna Royal Bengals.

The four international players from the Gladiators that have yet to be paid are Kieron Pollard, Azhar Mahmood, Alexei Kervezee and Darren Stevens, while the Khulna Royal Bengals owe money to Niall O’Brien and Herschelle Gibbs.

Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, Gibbs said: “I have not been paid the full amount.”

But, Gibbs refused to comment on the amount he was still owed when asked.

Meanwhile, the Chittagong Kings have failed to fully pay Muttiah Muralitharan, and a source with close contact to the Sri Lankan spin legend stated that he still had not received about 75 per cent of his salary, which in total amounts to $75,000.

On the list published by CWAB, there are also 48 local players that have not yet been paid either.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has already come forth and revealed that he has not received any of his payments yet.

CWAB general secretary Debabrata Paul noted that this updated list was posted after they did a second survey to see which players had been paid, and he added that since the first survey, some players had already been fully reimbursed.

“BPL had outlined their players’ payment system, which stated that the final payment would be made a maximum of 20 days after the completion of the tournament,” Paul said. “But when we conducted our first survey, we asked every local player, except one. We carried out the last survey a week ago and found out that there were players who got paid fully. But still, 48 local players remain unpaid. We have sent letters to the BCB but still this situation persists. I would also ask the players to be aware of their rights. If they open up about how much they are owed, it becomes easier for CWAB to fight on their behalf,” Paul said.

The Chittagong Kings have the least number of players to pay with seven, and the Dhaka Gladiators have the most with 11.

Duronto Rajshahi and Khulna Royal Bengals have ten each, while the Sylhet Royals and Barisal Burners have eight apiece.

The Burners, Royals and Duronto Rajshahi have settled payments with the foreign players that were in their team, but still owe money to many of the local players.

Many of the local players still owed money revealed that they had tried calling their respective franchises about the issue, but only ended up receiving very vague responses.

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