“I received only 30 per cent of my payment initially before the BCB paid 20 per cent later, but still I did not receive the remaining 50 per cent when I played for Brothers Union [in the Dhaka Premier League] two seasons back [2015-16]. The following season I played for Kalabagan Krira Chakra (KKC) and Tk 1 lakh of my salary was unpaid. They retained me this season despite my request not to, and I only received 50 per cent,” were the helpless words of left-arm spinner Nabil Samad -- a prominent name in the domestic circuit -- at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Nabil was at the home of cricket alongside six of his Kalabagan teammates to talk to Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury about their pending payments from this season's Dhaka Premier League, which concluded last month.
Three among those seven cricketers are yet to receive any payment from the club while the others are still waiting for their outstanding 50 per cent from Kalabagan, which was relegated to the first division this season.
Tasamul Haque, one of those to have received 50 per cent of his payment, informed that Kalabagan gave the players a warning notice to the effect that 15 per cent of their salaries would be cut if performances were poor, and the players signed an agreement at the time.
“We were given a letter in the middle of the league which says that the club can cut some percentage of our wages for poor performance and we were asked to give a reply. However, the club officials told us that the letter was only to create some pressure to bring out the best performance and nothing serious,” Tasamul told reporters.
“Previously we had written a letter to the board regarding the payment issue and the board took that into account and sent a letter to the club. The club replied to BCB's letter, following which the board informed that they will sit with the club. However no dates have been confirmed as yet,” Tasamul added.
It was learned that Mohammad Ashraful, who struck five hundreds in the DPL this season for Kalabagan, is yet to receive any payment from the club. Apparently, Kalabagan have asked for one more day from Ashraful to settle his dues.
“Both players and club officials are important for us; we will try to discuss the matter with the club regarding the complaint and look to solve the situation soon,” BCB CEO Chowdhury told reporters.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Kalabagan Krira Chakra president Shafiqul Alam Firoz said: “The club will speak to the players face to face and will review its own documents before making any comment.”