Dhaka: On the day the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) announced Brian Lara as the brand ambassador of Chittagong Kings, the franchise’s icon player has said that he is yet to be paid for the first season. According to a report in the Bangladeshi daily Prothom Alo, Tamim Iqbal has not received a single taka of the 1.7 crore (USD 210,000) owed to him as Chittagong’s leading player.
"I couldn't play many of the BPL matches, so I told him [Sameer Quader Chowdhury, the franchise owner and chief executive] let's sit and decide a figure, which came to Taka 1 crore ($123,000), but I still haven't received a single taka," Tamim told the newspaper. "Samir Quader Chowdhury gave me a check worth Taka 1 crore six or seven months ago, but it bounced. Since then he has given me dates but has never kept the commitment."
According to the newspaper, Tamim has also alleged that Chowdhury requested him to inform the BPL governing council that he had been paid in full. Chittagong denied this, also saying that the BPL governing council had changed its rules by which icon players were to receive 10% more than a franchise’s highest-paid player.
"We gave him the cheque a long time ago but we had stopped it because we found out that the payment for the icon players had been reduced to $100,000, which amounts to approximately Tk 80 lakh, and after 10% tax deduction it ends up as Tk 72 lakh," Chowdhury said. "We asked the board how much we should pay Tamim, but we haven't heard back from them. We asked them to take the fact that he played only two matches into consideration too. Unless they tell us, we can't pay him."
Tamim only played two of Chittagong’s ten matches in the inaugural season of the BPL this year. He missed four matches due to a groin injury and then reportedly got into a heated argument with the franchise’s former technical director, Dean Jones.