Bangladesh Warriors aghast at BCB ban

V. V. Subrahmanyam

Team sore over being dumped for signing with ICL

Total prize money is Rs. 13.72 cr., winner gets Rs. 2 crore

HYDERABAD: Bangladesh Warriors, led by Habibul Bashar, who are here for the Indian Cricket League (ICL) that had commenced on Friday night at the floodlit Lal Bahadur stadium, seemed to have lost their battle with the Bangladesh Cricket Board even before they landed here.

“It is disappointing and a big shock to us when they slapped the 10-year ban on us for signing with ICL,” says Shahriar Nafees, who is the third senior-most player from Bangladesh and a leading century-maker with four tonnes for the national team. “ This was the clinching factor for us to join ICL and we did not foresee the unfortunate developments of being banned,” says Nafees.

This feeling is echoed by many of his 14-member team-mates. “We presumed that being professionals, we have the right to play in any cricket league for the sheer passion of the sport,” says 23-year-old Nafees, opener, who hit a brilliant 138 against the Australians in a Dhaka Test.

Alok Kapali, another seasoned campaigner, said that the BCB had sternly asked them to first revoke the contracts before any further discussions. “This demand is totally unfair. They should have been more magnanimous as we served the game when there was nothing at stake for us,” he says.

The ICL Trophy was unveiled by Bharat Reddy, Executive Board member, in the presence of four captains – Habibul Bashar (BangladeshWarriors), Chris Harris (Hyderabad Heroes), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Lahore Badshahs) and Stuart Law (Chennai Superstars).The total prize money is Rs. 13.72 crore (last year it was 12.33 crore) with the winner getting Rs. 2 crore the runner-up Rs. 1 crore and the losing semi-finalists Rs. 50 lakh each.

Match called off

An abrupt power disruption at Lal Bahadur Stadium during the cricket match was called off here on Friday night. The Hyderabad Hero’s were declared winners based on the VJD Method.

The stadium witnessed a sudden blackout with flood lights failing around 10.57 p.m.. Players from both the teams left the ground and were seen gathering at the dug-outs.

However, some of the lights were brought back and crowds were entertained by cheerleaders who were dancing to the latest Bollywood tunes.

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