BPL T20 Players Auction: Max Bid is Set to US$ 0.5m
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) governing body set a rule for the franchises of not to bid more than US$ 5 lakh for any player during the players’ auction, scheduled to be held on January 19. But they are yet to make any decision about the price of icon players as the franchises demanded to pay their icon players five percent more than only the local players instead of foreign players.
Uday Hakim, the CEO of Sylhet franchise, said that the BPL will announce their decision of the issue on January 18.
“We all six franchises demanded to give the icon players five percent more than our local players not foreign since we’ve got the limitation to spend US$ 3 million. BPL said they would give their decision on January 18.”
The BPL informed the rules and regulations of the auction during the meeting with franchises on Monday.
Meanwhile, the BPL received the availability of six more foreign players. Five of them West Indian- Carlos Barathwaite, Pedro Collins, Danza Hyatt, Andre Fletcher and Rayad Emrit and one Pakistani- Shazaib Khan. The categories of those six players will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) governing body started playing hide and seek game regarding the price of icon players after they created a discrimination between local and foreign players over the base price. It was decided that the icon players will get five percent more of his team’s highest paid player regardless the foreign or local.
But the franchises on January 11 meeting with BPL and Game On Sports Management demanded that the icon players will get five percent more of only the highest paid local player of the team since the base price of the foreign players were higher than the local players.
Category A foreign player’s base price was fixed at US$ 1 lakh while the category A local player’s floor price was US$ 45, 000. Category B foreign player’s base price was US$ 50,000 when the category B local player’s base price was US$ 30,000. On the other hand, category C foreign player’s base price was US$ 30,000 while the category C local player’s floor price was decided US$ 20,000.
It is believed that the franchise would have to draw a staggering amount should they want to buy player like Chris Gayle, Muttiah Muralitharan or some renowned players.
Basically thinking those factors, the franchises demanded to pay the icon players five percent more of the highest paid local players.
Though the franchises requested the BPL to take decision regarding the matter on January 11 meeting, the BPL governing body is yet to decide about that.
BPL member secretary Sirajuddin Alamgir indeed denied that he was informed about that from the franchises.
“Like you some journalists informed me about this. We are yet to get any written application from the franchises,” Alamgir said.
However Sylhet Division CEO Uday Hakim said that they brought the matter to BPL’s notice on January 11 meeting.
“We verbally informed them about that. If they want written application we’ll definitely give them. Still we’ve two days left as we’ve to finalise all within January 16.”
Alamgir said that they will think about the matter once they’ll get the formal application from the franchises.
“If they can show the valid point regarding the matter, there is no reason to reject it.”
The franchises got the limitation to spend US$ 3 million for their total cost including buying players, recruiting coach, assistant coach, physiotherapist, physical trainer, computer analyst, media manager and others.