The steadfastness of the Cricket Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) has finally led the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to release the winning bonus for the 2019 World Cup squad members.
Almost 11 months have passed since the grand competition but there was no specific direction given to this move before CWAB came forward to make sure that the Bangladesh players got their much deserved due amounting to BDT 2 crores.
Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign ended on July 5 last year with the match against Pakistan at Lord’s and the cricketers were expected to receive USD 120,000 because of their three wins in the competition, considering they were expected to get USD 40,000 per win.
The president of CWAB Naimur Rahman confirmed on Friday that they had successfully managed to convince the board to distribute the prize money with the cricketers though the BCB was averse of parting ways with it. The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) also had a major role to play in making sure the prize money was released.
As per the last MPA agreement between ICC and the participating countries, it ensured that the cricketers received a part of this prize money.
The MPA agreement also strictly states that the prize money should be paid within 14 days of it being deposited in the board’s account. However, Bangladesh board didn’t seem to show an enthusiastic approach to pay the cricketers. CWAB had 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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