The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has offered financial assistance to non-contracted cricketers taking part in the now-postponed Dhaka Premier League.
BCB chief Nazmul Hassan announced that all players not included in the board's central contract list who are featuring in the Bangabandhu Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2019-20 would receive a one-time payment of BDT 30,000.
This amount is expected to cover the expenses of the cricketers, who faced the prospect of severe losses owing to the competition's untimely stoppage in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“With the tournament looking at an indefinite period of shut down, cricketers who are not part of the BCB’s contracts are likely to face financial hardship as they may have only received partial payment from their respective Premier League Clubs. This assistance is for that section of the players," Nazmul stated in the BCB media release.
The tournament was suspended for an indefinite period of time on March 19 after just one completed round of matches in accordance with the directive from the country's Minister of Youth and Sports.
Subsequently, Bangladesh's domestic players expressed their concerns over the uncertainty surrounding their monetary wellbeing. Several members of the cricket fraternity urged the BCB to take the initiative and mitigate the financial burden experienced by the postponement of the 12-team league.