BCB reluctant to increase salary of first class cricketers
|| CF Correspondent ||
Bangladesh Cricket Board is unwilling to increase salary of first class cricketers, after the eight years of the their salary implementation.
The current finance minister, A H M Mustafa Kamal had taken great step for the cricketers of Bangladesh cricket when he was the Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] president. In 2012 for the first time, the first class cricketers were brought under the agreement of BCB. Since then, the first class cricketers of Bangladesh have been getting salary from BCB on a monthly basis. At that time, the salaries of cricketers in the 'A', 'B', 'C' grades were 25 thousand, 20 thousand and 15 thousand respectively.
Eight years have passed. A lot has changed in Bangladesh. But the salary of first class cricketers in Bangladesh has increased only once. That's also only 15 percent. This was implemented by BCB two years ago. After raising the salary of the cricketers in the 'A', 'B', 'C' grade, the salary is standing at 28 thousand 750, 23 thousand and 17 thousand 250 respectively.
In terms of performance and fitness, the number of cricketers in the contract increases and decreases. Last year, 79 first-class cricketers were in the agreement. This time, 12 players have been increased. Now the number of contracted cricketers are 91. All those who have passed the last National Cricket League (NCL) fitness test are in the agreement. However, Shahadat Hossain Rajib due to discipline and Mohammad Sharif who has not played any matches in the last season are not in the list.
On October 21 last year, the cricketers of the country called cricketing strike. The cricketers withdrew their strike after negotiations between the two sides where BCB agreed their majority of the demand. In their 13 demand, one of the demands they raised was to raise the salaries of first-class cricketers. Cricketers demanded a pay raise of at least 50 percent.
After 15 days of the strike, BCB raised the match fee and other allowance on a significant rate. In the first level of the National Cricket League, the match fee raise from 35 to 60 thousand, and in the second level, 25 to 50 thousand BDT. BCB increased the travel allowance, daily allowance and accommodation also.
But the promise of raising the salaries of first class cricketers has not yet been implemented. One cricketer, who was reluctant to be named yesterday, said: “The BCB told that they accepted all the demands. Then this also should be implemented. BCB can say about it well. Our demand was to increase the salaries by 50 percent. Match fees, various allowances were increased but the salaries of first class cricketers were not increased."
The selectors under the BCB's Cricket Operations division make this list of first class cricketers. Akram Khan, chairman of this department, said the pay hike was under the tournament committee. He said yesterday that, 'It is not under me. It is under the tournament committee. They can say about it. However, we increased their match fees and other allowances at that time, as per their demand.'
However, the BCB tournament committee chairman Ghazi Golam Mortaza Pappa could not be found. He did not even received the cellphone calls.
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