A series of poor showings in the last 12 months by the Bangladesh cricket team has resulted in as many as six players—Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Kamrul Islam, Soumya Sarkar, and Imrul Kayes—losing their central contracts. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has released a list of only 10 contracted cricketers and said that three other players will be awarded Rookie contracts in accordance with the recommendation of the cricket operations committee. The contracts are for the 12-month period from January to December 2018.
The cricketers’ grade list will be released at a later date.
List of contracted Bangladesh cricketers:
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Mashrafe Mortaza
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Tamim Iqbal
- Mominul Haque
- Taijul Islam
- Mehedi Hasan
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Rubel Hossain
The Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan has said that these 10 players will not be given a salary hike this year. The trio in the top-most salary bracket—Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza—will receive 420,000 Bangladesh Taka, which converts to 3,29,726 INR.
Bangladeshi cricketers in the A+ grade were given a 60 per cent salary hike in 2017, following a year of great performances, while those in the other four grades (A, B, C, and D) also received significant hikes in their respective salaries from 2016.
“For contracts, we mostly preferred players who would perform regularly over the next one year,” selector and former batsman Habibul Bashar told AFP. Bashar also added that the door is not closed for the players who have been dropped and they will be given a “fair chance in the future.”
While the national side have done largely well in the limited-overs formats in the last year, with the exception of a couple of tough, overseas tours, their Test performances have been lacklustre.
Bangladesh lost the two-Test series at home to Sri Lanka in January this year, following a 2-0 reverse in South Africa last year. The high points of Bangladesh cricket in the last year were reaching the semi-finals of Champions Trophy 2017 (June) and the final of Nidahas Trophy 2018.