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Bangabandhu T20 Cup

We are E-grade people- Salahuddin evaluate local coaches





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|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh leading domestic cricket coach Mohammad Salahuddin said that coaches don’t have any impact on the team due to the way they are evaluated and paid by   Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Local coaches are always underpaid and it had always been an issue in the cricket fraternity but the way it was exposed in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup only suggests that things are going from bad to worse.

BCB stated that each of the five local coaches will receive BDT Three Lakhs for guiding their respective teams in the competition.

A total of 157 cricketers were part of the draft list, having passed a fitness test earlier. The players were divided into four categories. There were five Players in Grade A - who will earn BDT 15 Lakh - while cricketers in Grade B, C, and D will receive BDT 10 Lakh, BDT 6 Lakh and BDT 4 Lakh respectively.

As a result, it seems the coaches are getting less than D-grade cricketers.

Salahuddin, who had won two Bangladesh Premier League, and considered to be the mentor of most of the leading cricketers of the country that includes Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque to many other cricketers, urged that BCB should evaluate the status of the coaches in future and he doesn’t feel the board is failing to make any proper assessment.

Lack of coach’s payment will only hamper the pipeline of growth in this sector as he publicly said that he is not interested to ask anyone to join this profession.

‘’I'm not taking any fees here. I work in Gazi Group. I am very ashamed of the coach's remuneration,’’ Salahuddin told reporters at the academy premises on Monday.

‘’I have always wanted that more people should take up this profession while more players to come to coach so that they can live with a good status,’’ he said.

‘’With such a fee It seems to me that I would never tell a boy to come to coaching for such a fee,’’ he said.

I don't know if there is any evaluation in this country. You see, we are E-grade people. A coach is not getting what a D-grade player is getting then why would I tell another coach to come to this profession,’’ he said.

‘’We are E grade people, assistant coaches maybe F grade people and the trainer probably G or H grade and so on,’’ he said.

‘’I think the right assessment should be made. I don’t think we have any evaluating impact on the team and we are here just to run the show,’’ he said.

‘’If you say that we coaches have a lot of impact on players that is not true we're actually just going to run a match, run a tournament. We have nothing else to do,’’ he concluded.