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Bangladesh Premier League in contract signing issue

Zubin Daver, December 24 2012,
The second edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is running with problematic issues regarding contract signing.
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There has been any deal to be signed yet between the BPL, the event management firm ‘Game On Sports’, and the franchises. The player auction on Thursday has happened without any proper paperwork for the tournament.

Moreover, no strong move was seen to be taken about the salaries of the players. However, with these issues on the board, the player auction of the tournament was held on Thursday when the seven franchises bought local and overseas players according to their choice.

Just before the beginning of the auction, Afzalur Rahman Sinha, the chairman of the BPL, said that the League authority had not had enough time to sign agreement with the franchises. He also said that the auction was based on verbal agreement.

The agreement was supposed to be finalized for a period of six years and would focus on important issues like TV rights, the procedures of the tournament, and major financial issues. Sinha expressed his hope on the finalization of a deal by the end of this month. He also hoped not to see the repetition of the problems that occurred last year.

On Thursday, Ismail Haider, the secretary of the BPL, said to fix a deadline for the franchises for signing a deal. He confirmed to send the draft version of the agreement to all the franchises and fixed 22 December for the franchises to complete all the formalities.

However, things turned to be a bit sour when the franchise owners faced media after the auction. When asked about the pending payments of the players, Dhaka Gladiators’ owner Salim Chowdhury said not to understand the purpose of the question. He thought it to be unfair to ask about not paying Tk50 lakh (approx USD60,000) to a team that had already spent Tk10 crore (approx USD1.25ml).

A PR agency had recently sued Dhaka Gladiators over unpaid payments of the players.

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