Lahore: Pakistan’s young opener Ahmed Shehzad has turned out to be smarter in money matters than his seniors as he has received the full payment from his franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
At a time when the Federation for International Cricketers Association (FICA) has announced that it has initiated legal action against Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and its franchises for not paying dues of the players who took part in the BPL, Shehzad managed to collect his earnings in one go.
According to a source close to Shehzad, the opener, who appeared for Barisal Burners in the BPL and was in outstanding form for them, managed to collect his full amount from his franchise owners one day before the semi-final. "Shehzad like other players was also frustrated by the delay in payments and he called up his franchise owner on the night before the semi-final and made it clear he couldn't play in the match unless his dues were cleared in one go," the source said.
He said with Burners in the knockout stage and Shehzad one of the key players for the team, the team owners arranged for his full payment before the match. "He not only collected his bid fees which was around USD 75,000, but also bonus payments such as USD 10,000 dollars for scoring a century and USD 5000 for each half-century he scored in the tournament," the source said.
Apart from Shehzad, flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi is the other Pakistani player to have got his full payments from his franchise owners but few days after the BPL ended. Fawad Alam, who played for a franchise in the BPL, confirmed he was still awaiting the clearance of his full dues like many other players including Mohammad Sami, Nasir Jamshed, Shahzaib Hasan, Abdul Razzaq and others. "We have got around 50 per cent of the total amount due from our franchise," he said.
Shehzad, interestingly, won his place back in the Pakistan team on the basis of his outstanding form in the BPL.