Bangladesh Premier League’s governing council are adamant to keep the icon players’ magnitude intact after one franchise protested their latest ruling.
The Sylhet Royals are urging the authorities to change the decision that was taken on Saturday which had the six icons — Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shahriar Nafees, Alok Kapali and Mohammad Ashraful — getting five per cent more than the highest paid local cricketer.
In that case, they will receive 210,000 dollars as Nasir Hossain was contracted for 200,000 dollars by Khulna. But it was learned that the Sylhet franchise wants to pay 5 per cent more than their highest-paid local, which is 90,000 dollars that they paid for Naeem Islam.
BPL governing council secretary Sirajuddin M Alamgir has said that since they have already changed their stance once, they wouldn’t be doing it again.
“We haven’t officially received any letters but I have heard about their issue. We would like to keep their status intact as icon players so there won’t be any changes in the ruling which we took yesterday,” said Alamgir.
“I know it is a burden for the franchises but we have to consider the local perspective,” he added.
Barisal Burners have added Shane Harwood of Australia and Phil Mustard of England as their two remaining foreign players.
Meanwhile, the BPL are close to acquiring a title sponsor as Destiny Group is in talks with them, a source said.
Destiny Group had earlier been the title sponsor during the NCL T20s held in April 2010.
-With The Daily Star input