Bangladesh cricket drop six, freeze pay after poor year

Soumya Sarkar (Getty Images)
Soumya Sarkar (Getty Images)

Dhaka - Bangladesh 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 on Thursday. 

Opening batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes were among the six to miss out on a contract as Bangladesh cricket warned players to shape up, selector Habibul Bashar said. 

The Bangladesh Cricket Board late on 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 said. 

"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, Sabbir Rahman, 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. 

Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, 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 $5 121 per month from the board. 

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 Sri Lanka 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.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8892 votes
Cricket
11% - 2288 votes
Football
19% - 4059 votes
Athletics
2% - 526 votes
Boxing
1% - 188 votes
Cycling
2% - 492 votes
Golf
5% - 1038 votes
Motorsport
9% - 1798 votes
Tennis
3% - 723 votes
Water sports
1% - 196 votes
American sports
1% - 263 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 667 votes
Vote