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“Mr Sameer Chowdhury made numerous assurances that the money will be paid ‘tomorrow’ or ‘next week'”
Several players who represented the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) have once again complained that they have yet to be paid.
England all-rounder Ravi Bopara, Netherlands batsman Ryan ten Doeschate, West Indies all-rounder Kevon Cooper, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor and Surrey batsman Jason Roy have all contacted the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) about the franchise’s failure to pay them their wages for the 2013 edition of the tournament.
All the players blamed Kings owner Sameer Chowdhury for this mess since he promised them that they would be paid on numerous occasions.
“Mr Sameer Chowdhury made numerous assurances that the money will be paid ‘tomorrow’ or ‘next week’,” ten Doeschate told ESPNcricinfo. “He often goes as far to say that he has authorised the transaction and that either the bank is closed or it can only be done tomorrow.
“We’ve also had numerous excuses of the money being kept offshore in Dubai and unable to be released for some obscure reason. We have obviously kept a record of text messages and emails to verify the above claims.”
Ten Doeschate also admitted that he was hesitant to play in the BPL, but only agreed to do so after he was assured by Chowdhury that he would be paid in full.
“I was reluctant to fly out,” ten Doeschate said. “He made promises on the phone before I flew out.
“I heard he was a big businessmen, servicing big UK companies and I thought that the BCB guarantee would be enforced as they are members of the ICC.”
The Netherlands batsman also revealed that he and Cooper “threatened to go home” following the Kings’s first three matches.
“Eventually myself and KC threatened to leave immediately if the payments weren’t made,” he said. “I’m talking about three games in to the BPL.”
After failing to be paid in full, Bopara and ten Doeschate contacted Nizam Chowdhury, who is the deputy general manager of the BCB.
“We played open cards and let them know how Sameer has misled the players re the payments,” ten Doeschate said. “We also told them that we were keen to get it out in the media and expose Sameer’s incessant deception. We were asked to give the BCB till January to sort this out. This was all done telephonically. We then sent a follow up email to the BCB putting down what we had discussed on the phone. Again we have the records for proof.”
Bopara noted that Nizam Chowdhury promised to sort everything out, but that was not the case.
“He (Nizam Chowdhury) told me all money will be paid in December, I asked him to send an email confirming that but heard nothing from him after that phone call,” Bopara said. “I sent him numerous emails asking for updates but had no replies.”
Sameer Chowdhury admitted that he had not paid the players since the BCB kept him in the dark about the future of the BPL.
“There are few disputes between the franchises and the BCB, which have not been cleared,” he said. “Because of that I have been waiting and I have been giving dates accordingly.
“If the BPL does not happen why should the franchises keep investing. BCB should take up the responsibility.”