Bangladesh's captain Mashrafe Mortaza, centre, celebrates with his teammates as they walk off after winning by 21 runs in the Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Bangladesh at the Oval in London, Sunday, June 2, 2019. -AP
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to clear the winning bonus for the 2019 World Cup squad members under the persistence of the Cricket Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB).
Almost 11 months have passed since the competition but there was no head away in this regard before CWAB came forward to make sure that the national cricketers got their due amounting BDT 2 crores.
Bangladesh's World Cup campaign ended on July 5 last year with the match against Pakistan at Lord's and cricketers were expected to receive USD 120,000 for their three World Cup wins, considering they were expected to get USD 40,000 per win.
CWAB's president Naimur Rahman Durjoy confirmed it on Friday, May 29, that they had successfully managed to convince the board to distribute the prize money with the cricketers though BCB was initially reluctant to part ways with it. The International Federation of Cricketers [FICA] also has a role to play in getting this prize money for the players as per the last MPA agreements signed between the ICC and the participating countries, which ensured that the cricketers received a part of this prize money/bonus.
The MPA agreement also stipulates that the money should be paid to the cricketers within 14 days of it being deposited in the board's account. However, no work was seen in this regard by the Bangladesh board. In the face of the demands by the cricketers, CWAB found out that the BCB had objected to paying the prize money.
"They would have got the money to win the match. There was some hesitation initially about whether the players deserved the prize money. However, because of the discussion with the board, that hesitation has been cleared. Now they are also getting the prize money," said Naimur. "The process had started before Eid and now, as soon as the office is opened, the money will be deposited in the player's accounts."
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