[caption id="attachment_703285" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Soumya-Sarkar-plays-a-shot3.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-703285" alt="Soumya Sarkar, Bangladesh" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Soumya-Sarkar-plays-a-shot3.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Soumya Sarkar AFP(file photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/">Bangladesh</a> axed six players from national contracts after a year of poor performances with players who escaped the chop being denied a pay rise, an official said Thursday. Opening batsmen<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/soumya-sarkar/"> Soumya Sarkar </a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/imrul-kayes/">Imrul Kayes</a> were among the six to miss out on a contract as Bangladesh cricket warned players to shape up, selector Habibul Bashar said. <p></p> <p></p>The Bangladesh Cricket Board late Wednesday decided to retain just 10 players on contract, with three others to be added at a later time. "For contracts, we mostly preferred players who would perform regularly over the next one year," Bashar told <em>AFP.</em> <p></p> <p></p>"Some players have lost their regular spot in the team. They needed to be sent a message. Getting dropped does not mean the door is closed for them. Everyone will get a fair chance in future." Mosaddek Hossain, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sabbir-rahman/">Sabbir Rahman</a>, Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi were the four others whose contracts were not renewed. Sabbir was already excluded from a contract on disciplinary grounds. <p></p> <p></p>Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza,<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tamim-iqbal/"> Tamim Iqbal</a>, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rubel-hossain/">Rubel Hossain</a>, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam and Mehedi Hasan were the 10 players awarded contracts. BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters that contracted players would not be given a pay rise this year. The top remunerated players -- Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mortaza -- are paid 420,000 taka ($5,121) per month from the board. <p></p> <p></p>The board also said it would review contracts for around 80 first-class players. Bangladesh lost Test series against New Zealand, India and South Africa in 2017, and just managed to scrape a draw against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> and Australia. Their limited-overs side made the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in the UK but were drubbed in all but four of their 14 one-day international matches. Bangladesh won just one of seven Twenty20 internationals over the same year.