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“BPL not the place to make players’, says Sakib Al Hasan

Shakib Al Hasan said that he feels Bangladesh cricketers are being suppressed and underpaid.

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While Talking about Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB)’s new rule that leg-spinners must bowl four overs in every innings of the Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL) Sakib Al Hasan has said that, T20 League Can’t be expected to ‘make’ players rather Bangladesh should emphasis on structure and training facilities in the country’s domestic cricket.

Though lately, BCB has been stressing on the importance of leg spin as Bangladesh is searching standard leg-spinners for many years. Even BCB has fired two National Cricket (NCL) coaches last week for not selecting leg spinners in their respective first-class teams.

The seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has already stirred up a lot of controversial changes. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had previously announced that this edition of the BPL would not feature franchises and would be solely arranged by the board itself.

The BCB held a meeting in Mirpur on Wednesday where they discussed various issues regarding the upcoming BPL.BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon has said, this BPL will be seen as a ‘trials’ for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.

Papon announced that, according to new rule, If there is a local leg-spinner in any squad then the teams must play them. We will also try to take foreign fast bowlers who bowl above 140 kmph. Basically this BPL is just preparation.

It was a different case in the last World Cup but now we are making a long term plan. When will we have the trial for the 2021 World Cup. We could not do any trials before the last one but now we want to try new players here.”

In response to new rule, Sakib Al Hasan said, I think, leg spinners should bowl a lot of overs in first-class matches to gain confidence and consistency but BPL is an international-standard competitive tournament where you will face scenarios that you are likely to face in international cricket.

You share the dressing room with overseas cricketers. It is not the place to make a player. For so many years we couldn’t select a leg spinner for the senior team, but suddenly we made plans to include seven leg spinners in the BPL. This decision does come as a bit of a surprise.

Shakib also criticised the lack of increments in the salary of domestic cricketers, calling for better communication between players and “decision-makers”. He also expressed dissatisfaction about the fact that the BPL is no longer a franchise-run event which means player payments are expected to be lower than before.

The cash-rich Dhaka Premier League (DPL), which for four decades had operated with players transferred from club to club in an open market, also now has heavy caps and a draft in place to help clubs cut player payments.

Shakib said,

“It is a very small amount for a cricketer to maintain the minimum standard of living in Bangladesh. Things are getting costlier. Government officers get increments every year, but we see that it is same for us every time. It even gets reduced. BPL and DPL are big examples of this.

He added that, “I always get a feeling that cricketers in our country are being suppressed. This is not right. Everyone should have equal opportunity. A player should be left to earn what he feels he deserves.

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