The wages for cricketers participating in the upcoming Dhaka Premier League (DPL) saw a dip, with the highest paid cricketer for this season set to get Tk 10 lakh lower than the corresponding figure in the previous season.
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) yesterday announced the grading list of 227 cricketers in the DPL players' draft with the top five icon players Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim set to receive Tk 35 lakh each.
Interestingly despite there being 12 players in the icon grade, aside from the five aforementioned cricketers, the remaining seven players -- Imrul Kayes, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Liton Das, Anamul Haque and Rubel Hossain -- will receive Tk 25 lakh each.
This discrepancy was also evident in the A-plus category which features 13 cricketers. Mominul Haque, who was named in the A-plus category, will receive Tk 23 lakh but Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain will get Tk 22 lakh. The other nine cricketers of the category are to be paid Tk 20 lakh.
Similarly among 27 players in the A category nine will receive Tk 18 lakh, followed by payments of Tk 17, 16 and 15 lakh to the respectively selected cricketers.
B-plus category cricketers will get between Tk 12 to 14 lakh, grade B is set at Tk 8 lakh, C-plus is Tk 5 lakh and C category players are to receive Tk 3.5 lakh.
Earlier, CCDM chairman Kazi Inam Ahmed informed that each club can retain five players from the previous season and that the players by choice draft is set to take place on January 20. The players who get selected in the draft will have to be paid 50 per cent of their remuneration before the tournament beings. 25 per cent of the remainder will then have to be paid during the competition while the final 25 per cent will be paid once the tournament ends.
It was learnt though that the players are not happy with the players by choice system as the previous season's players' transfer allowed cricketers to freely chose their respective clubs and bargain their wages.