Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim returned to IPL auction fold after earlier dropping out of the bidding event. Earlier this month, Rahim pulled out his name from the upcoming IPL 2020 auction scheduled to be held in Kolkata on December 19. The cricketer has once again decided to go under the hammer and was among the 24 new players requested by IPL franchises for the auction. His decision to take part in the league’s auction comes after he criticised the player’s salary system in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
🚨ALERT🚨: VIVO IPL 2020 Player Contract extensions announced. 127 players, including 35 overseas cricketers retained by the 8 franchises. #IPLAuction to be held on 19th December in Kolkata.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) November 15, 2019
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Mushfiqur Rahim is leading Khulna Tigers in the ongoing seventh season of BPL. The veteran Bangladeshi cricketer recently raised his voice regarding the payment gap between overseas players and local players. The BPL salary system indicates that A+ category of Bangladesh cricketers receive TK 50 lakhs while A+ category of foreign cricketers receive TK 84 lakhs. On the other hand, Bangladesh A category players receive TK 25 lakhs and the foreign players of the same category receive TK 56 lakhs.
The 66-Test veteran highlighted the salary gap by saying that it is not fair on the local players. He asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to look at other T20 leagues which give importance to their local players. The stylish batsman was also hopeful that the situation will be resolved by next year’s BPL.
Mushfiqur Rahim-led Khulna Tigers will open their campaign in the ongoing league with a game against Chattogram Challengers. The match is scheduled to be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on December 12.