Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officiated that the players will be given a hike in their pay, however, it will not be in accordance with the pay demanded by the cricketers. The cricketers reportedly wanted a rise in their paychecks by three times, after their contracts expired in December last year.
Since then the board didn’t offer new contract since they had plans to give a hike to the players. The country has made giant strides in the international arena recently. In 2015, they qualified for the quarter-finals for the World Cup. Last month, they drew all three series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. And thus it becomes natural that the players would want a hike in their fee structure.
“The cricket operations committee has discussed the new salary package of the national cricketers, but the board will take the final decision. There is no doubt that it will increase from the last package,” BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan said.
Akram explained why the bonus which has been planned for the players is enough. He revealed they got it after the 2015 World Cup and the recently concluded Sri Lanka series. “We are giving more bonuses than any other board in the world.”
With T20 leagues in the country like Bangladesh Premier League and Dhaka Premier League, the cricketers have seen a rise in their incomes. Akram also said that since BCB has most players, under their payroll, it becomes difficult to strike a balance as far as finances are concerned.
With the Champions League knocking the door, Akram also confirmed that Bangladesh will play practice games against Pakistan and India on May 27 and May 30 respectively. They will also take part in a 10day training camp at Sussex for training ahead of the CT.