Legal proceeding initiated on BCB, BPL by FICA

Mustafa Kamal’s chances of becoming ICC President has taken a huge blow following the legal proceedings initiated by Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) Getty Images

New Delhi: Jun 8, 2012

The continued failure of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and Bangladesh Premier League franchisees to clear the dues of players who took part in the T20 league could hurt BCB chief Mustafa Kamal’s ambitions of becoming the next ICC President.

Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations has initiated legal proceedings against the BCB and the BPL franchisees for their failure to pay the players.

“The integrity of people involved in the leadership of Bangladesh cricket is spiralling downwards uncontrollably. We have had continued assurances from Mustafa Kamal – a man touted as the next International Cricket Council president – but the continued non-payment does not reflect him in a particularly good light,” said FICA chief Tim May.

After failing to make payments despite getting ample time since the tournament concluded in February, the players’ organisation has instructed lawyers in Dhaka to file a claim against the franchises and the BCB.

“It was stipulated by contract how much the players would be paid and the date by which they would receive payment. It was also stipulated that, if the franchises couldn’t pay, then the BCB would act as guarantors and would make the payments,” May was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNcricinfo’.

“We have been waiting for four months. Deadlines have come and gone and all we have had is a litany of excuses. It has come to the stage where all avenues of dialogue have dried up and the BCB have stopped responding to FICA,” he added.

May termed the BCB’s behaviour as “amateurish”.

“If we had a relationship based on trust we could understand their issues and agree a timeline for payments, as we did with the Sri Lanka board when they had some cash flow difficulties. But they have behaved in an amateurish manner and we have no confidence in them or their integrity.”

Top international stars such as Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Stuart MacGill and Peter Trego played in the event.

May said FICA will advice the players to not get involved in future unless they are either paid, or receive bank guarantees. (PTI)