The members of Bangladesh Cricket team who played in the ICC World Cup 2019, will receive a share of the bonus payout of the World Cup from Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to clear a part of the winning bonus of the 2019 World Cup to the members of Bangladesh Cricket team under the persistence of the Cricket Welfare Association of Bangladesh, CWAB.
Almost 11 months have passed the World Cup, but there was no head away in this regard before CWAB came forward to make sure that the national cricketers got their due amount of BDT 2 crores, said a cricbuzz report.
Bangladesh's World Cup campaign ended on July 5 last year with the match against Pakistan at Lord's and cricketers were expected to receive USD 120,000 for their three World Cup wins, considering they were expected to get USD 40,000 per win.
CWAB's president Naimur Rahman Durjoy confirmed it on Friday, May 29, that they had successfully managed to convince the board to distribute the prize money with the cricketers though BCB was initially reluctant to part ways with it.
The International Federation of Cricketers [FICA] also has a role to play in getting this prize money for the players as per the last MPA agreements signed between the ICC and the participating countries, which ensured that the cricketers received a part of this prize money/bonus.
The MPA agreement also stipulates that the money should be paid to the cricketers within 14 days of it being deposited in the board's account. However, no work was seen in this regard by the Bangladesh board. In the face of the demands by the cricketers, CWAB found out that the BCB had objected to paying the prize money.
"They would have got the money to win the match. There was some hesitation initially about whether the players deserved the prize money. However, because of the discussion with the board, that hesitation has been cleared. Now they are also getting the prize money," said Naimur. "The process had started before Eid and now, as soon as the office is opened, the money will be deposited in the player's accounts."
Cumilla Victorians’ owner Nafisa Kamal said she is eager to rope in Virat Kohli in her team in a future edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Indian cricketers are not allowed to play in any franchise-based cricket league outside India. But in a recent move, cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, and Robin Uthappa raised voice to allow them to play in foreign T20 leagues.
Nafisa Kamal said if BCCI allows Indian cricketers to play outside home, she will try to rope in Virat to play for Cumilla Victorians. If needed, Victorians will spend all of their money on Virat, she said.
“We can learn many things from the players who take part in IPL. Obviously, IPL is the most successful franchise-based cricket league in the world. The teams of IPL spend ample amount of money on cricketers,” Nafisa said in a Facebook live session.
“Virat is an idol for all the cricketers. If we need to spend all the money on him, we might do so. If we have a chance to rope in Indian players, we will run for Virat,” she added.
Victorians have been taking part in BPL since 2015-16 session. They have won two BPL title under the captaincy of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Imrul Kayes. However, the Victorians did not participate in the edition renamed Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League to pay tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangladesh stalwart Mushfiqur Rahim completes 15 years in international cricket. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman was inducted in international cricket back in 2005 in a Test match against England at the historic venue Lord’s.
Right after the debut, Mushfiqur took a little time to prove his mettle and became an integral part of Bangladesh international set-up in every format of the game. Initially, he was a specialist middle-order batsman. But within the next two years from his debut, Mushfiqur started to establish his place as the main wicketkeeper-batsman of Bangladesh team.
Along with being the best wicketkeeper during his time, Mushfiqur also drew the attention of the cricket world with his superb batting. He is the only wicketkeeper-batsman in the world to have scored more than one double-century in Test cricket.
As one of three Bangladeshi batsmen, Mushfiqur got 10 thousand international runs under his belt. He amassed 4413 runs in Test cricket and 6174 runs in ODIs at the average of 36.77 and 36.31 respectively. He smashed 14 centuries across the format, with the best knock in Test is 219* and 144 in ODIs.
In a recent Facebook Live with Tamim Iqbal, Mushfqiur said, “It was tremendous to play for the country for 15 years. It is obviously a matter to be proud of. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches for this fate. It would not have been possible without you all.”
Along with being one of the best performers of the national team, he led the Tigers in 94 international matches and won 26 of them.
Bangladesh former captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza revealed one of the painful memories of his career. The right-pacer was left out of the World Cup 2011 due to an injury, but Mashrafe had claimed he was fit enough to play.
On Saturday night, Mashrafe joined Tamim Iqbal’s Facebook Live session with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad. During the session, Tamim asked Masrhafe to say something about the incident.
“It was my biggest dream to play in the World Cup 2011 since it was hosted by Bangladesh. But I was left out due to injury which was not serious. The team was announced more than one and a half month before the World Cup, so I had enough time to get the full fitness. Despite that fact, I was left out. I couldn’t control my emotion after being excluded from the World Cup. I broke down before the media,” Mashrafe said.
“But when I think about the memory now, it doesn’t feel that bad. I believe in the return of that World Cup, I got my wife back to my life. Many don’t know this story. My wife was announced clinically dead during that World Cup. She needed me to stay by her. Had I been busy in the World Cup, I couldn’t have got enough time to help her during the toughest time of her life. So it gives me immense contentment that I had time to help my wife when she needed me the most,” Mashrafe added.
The most successful captain of Bangladesh history also revealed another story about his exclusion from the World Cup 2011. He said right before the World Cup, his surgeon Dr David Young sent a two-page report to the then physio of Bangladesh team Micheal Henry who had mistakenly read only one page and missed another what contains decisive information.
After reading the first page of that report, Henry reported to the selectors that Mashrafe has no chance to play due to his injury, he said.
Later on, Masrhafe called Dr Young and asked about his report. Young told him about the two-page report. Masrhafe then went to Henry and asked him to see the report fully. Henry apologized to Masrhafe, but by then the team had already been announced.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad played that World Cup and both of them agreed on this that Mashrafe had deserved a place in the World Cup 2011.
However, Masrhafe led the Tigers in the next two World Cups in Australia (2015) and England (2019). He finished his captaincy earlier this year as the best ever captain of Bangladesh. He got enough memories to erase the painful memory of 2011.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) continued its financial support to the less privileged and insolvent cricketers and sportsmen during the coronavirus pandemic.
On the eve of the Eid festival, the BCB on Thursday (May 21) handed over financial aid to 1,600 cricketers, playing in the Dhaka metropolis cricket leagues, but not under BCB contract.
The cricketers of Dhaka Premier Division and First Division leagues received Tk 10,000 each while the cricketers of the 2nd and 3rd Division leagues got Tk 8,000 each.
However, BCB will not include the national cricketers and the cricketers who have contracts with the board.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, “The board president earlier directed us to help cricketers who are not in any contract with BCB. We are able to help the cricketers before Eid. The amount might not be a big one, but we are happy to provide it before Eid.”
Earlier, the BCB provided financial support to 96 first-class cricketers and female cricketers. They got Tk 30,000 and Tk 20,000 respectively.
On May 20, the BCB also came forward to support the sportsmen of the 23 sports federations of the country except cricket in the present crisis situation caused by the outbreak of coronavirus.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan on Wednesday handed over 501 cheques of Tk 10,000 each to State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell as part of the BCB's initiative to support sportspersons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cheques were distributed among sportsmen and women of 23 sports federations under the National Sports Council other than cricket.