Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan is all set to become the highest paid local player in this year’s Bangladesh Premier League (2016). Playing for Dhaka Dynamites, the all-rounder is one of the seven players in the A-plus category, which includes top Bangladesh cricketers. Shakib, who recently became Bangladesh’s highest wicket-taker in One-Day Internationals, will pocket a whopping Tk 55 lakh.
The other six players in the category are Mushfiqur Rahim (Barisal Bulls), Tamim Iqbal (Chittagong Vikings), Mashrafe Mortaza (Comilla Victorians),Mahmudullah (Khulna Titans), Sabbir Rahman (Rajshahi) and Soumya Sarkar (Rajshahi). While Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahmudullah will be paid Tk 50 Lakh, Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar will receive Tk 40 Lakhs.
Ismail Haider Mallick, the secretary of the tournament’s governing council, had revealed that the above-mentioned players had asked the officials to raise their salary cap to be on par with the overseas players’ cap. He also said that the players asked to chose their own teams.
“These senior players had a prayer to us, to match what foreign players will get in this tournament,” Mallick said. “In other franchise-based domestic tournaments, foreign players get the same amount as the local players.
“They also asked to choose their own team, which they said would enable to earn a little more money than the cap given by the BPL governing council. The board however won’t take responsibility of the extra payment that they get from the franchise. They will only be responsible for the amount that we have put as cap.”
Talking about Shakib’s salary, Mallick said that the all-rounder’s credentials played a big role in making him the highest paid player. The Bangladeshi all-rounder is the only player to play in the Indian Premier League apart from playing in the Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League and Big Bash League.
“The pricing is merit-based. Shakib is the only Bangladeshi player who plays in the franchise-based T20 leagues around the world. His pricing has to be higher than the others. We have decided after discussing with the selectors. Shakib and Soumya Sarkar won’t get the same rate. Shakib and the rest of the senior players have little difference between them in terms of the money,” Mallick said.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on November 4.