Bangladesh Premier League franchises face tax issues

  • The National Board of Revenue in Bangladesh has frozen the bank accounts of Shihab Trading Company, the firm that bought the ticket-selling rights for the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and owns one of the league’s franchises, the Dhaka Gladiators.
  • “We have asked our officials to attach, or freeze, all bank accounts of Shihab Trading Company after they failed to pay us any of the tax levied on the BPL’s ticket sales,” Kanon Kumar Roy, director general of Directorate of Inspection (Taxes), said. “We asked them to pay 5% of all ticket sales, which amounted to Tk 2.25 crore [$275,000 approx]. They insisted it was Tk 2.16 crore [$265,000 approx], but they haven’t paid any money as tax.”
  • In response, Shihab Trading Company chairman Salim Chowdhury told Ekattor TV: “I think there has been a miscommunication. The tickets that we gave to the BCB [to distribute] are worth Tk 20-22 crore, so those tickets can’t be taxed.”
  • Also, Roy said, till now, only one out of the six BPL franchises have met tax requirements. “One franchise [unnamed] has been forthcoming, but the rest haven’t followed their lead.”




Kaneria Found guilty, banned life time by ECB

                              Former Pakistan and Essex leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday after being found guilty of corruption.

“We regard Danish Kaneria as a grave danger to the game of cricket and we must take every appropriate step to protect our game from his corrupt activities,” the board said in a statement.

The sanction means the 31-year-old is suspended from any involvement in the playing, organisation or administration of any cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB.

Kaneria was found guilty of encouraging or attempting to encourage Essex team mate Mervyn Westfieldto underperform in a match in 2009, the board said.

Westfield was asked to concede a set number of runs during his opening over in a county match againstDurham in exchange for a payment of 6,000 pounds ($9,300).

Kaneria was named in a London court in February as a go-between in a spot-fixing scandal that resulted in Westfield being jailed for four months.

The Pakistan bowler, who took 261 wickets in 61 tests, denied the charges. He was described in the ECB ruling as having “shown no remorse and sought to cast blame on other plainly innocent persons”.

“plainly betrayed the trust reposed in him in his dealings with fellow team mates and we regard his persistent efforts to recruit spot fixers as being a seriously aggravating factor in his case,” said the board.

Since the scandal came to light following his arrest in 2010, Kaneria has not played for Pakistan.

Westfield, who has been released from prison, pleaded guilty to the ECB charge of accepting money to underperform and was banned for five years backdated to Feb. 17.

However, he can participate in club cricket for the final two years of the suspension.

The ECB praised Westfield for his “courage” to testify although his record will forever be tainted as the first English county cricketer to be convicted in court for spot-fixing.

The 24-year-old, who took 11 wickets in seven first-class matches, provided core evidence that was central to finding Kaneria guilty.

It has been a turbulent time for the international cricket community with former Pakistan captain Salman Butt released from prison in Britain on Thursday after serving seven months of a two-and-a-half year term for involvement in a spot-fixing scam. ($1 = 0.6427 British pounds)

Stallions could be Part of CLt20 2012.

India on Saturday invited Pakistan to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament this year, breaking new ground in the stalled cricket ties between the arch-rivals.

Pakistan welcomes India invitation

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which met in Chennai on Saturday, gave the go ahead to Pakistan’s participation in the tournament which features leading domestic Twenty20 teams from around the world.

“The BCCI has decided to invite a team from Pakistan to play in the Champions League to be held in India in October,” BCCI chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan told reporters after the meeting.

The BCCI’s recommendation will be forwarded to the governing council of the Champions League which is owned by the cricket boards of India, Australia and South Africa, Srinivasan added.

India and Pakistan met in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March and the World Cup semi-final in India last year, but regular tours have been frozen since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

India postponed a tour to Pakistan scheduled for January 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai carnage, which left 166 people dead and many hundreds injured.
The latest move by the BCCI comes a month after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who was on a private visit to New Delhi, urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to consider reviving cricket ties.

Srinivasan, asked if this was the first step towards reviving relations with Pakistan, said: “Today, the decision is limited to the Champions League. I don’t want to say anything beyond it.”

Pakistani teams did not feature in the first three editions of the Champions League, an off-shoot of the hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL), which began in 2009.

Pakistani players have also been left out of the IPL after taking part in the inaugural season in 2008.

PCB welcomes BCCI invitation, hopes for “revival of Indo-Pak cricketing ties”

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has welcomed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) invitation to compete in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament this year, saying it could lead to a “revival of Indo-Pak cricketing ties.”

“We feel it is a significant and positive development. We had been in touch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the participation of a Pakistan team and hope that this step could lead to a revival of Indo-Pak cricketing ties,” The News quoted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO, Subhan Ahmed, as saying.

The BCCI has approved a Pakistan-based Twenty20 team’s participation in the tournament which features leading domestic Twenty20 teams from around the world.

Shoaib Malik, the captain of Pakistan Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions, also welcomed the news.

“It’s great news and I am happy to hear this. We eat the same food and wear same clothes and when we play cricket, people of both countries come closer,” he said.

“I think it is a small step towards reviving Indo-Pak cricket and I pray this continues at all level,” he added.

The invite to the tournament, to be held in October in India, came a month after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to consider reviving cricket ties, during a private visit to New Delhi.

Sohail Tanvir Joins Worcestershire’s Friends Life T20

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir has joined Worcestershire for this season’s Friends Life T20, replacing off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who withdrew due to his international commitments.

Tanvir, 27, was recalled to the Pakistan Twenty20 side earlier this week, for next month’s series against Sri Lanka.

He has also been part of Pakistan’s run to the final in the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007, and their title win in England two years later.

He helped the Lions this year to reach the final of South Africa’s domestic T20 competition, and also captained his home side Rawalpindi Rams in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup.

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said that he was happy with Tanvir signing up.

“Sohail is an ideal replacement for Saeed Ajmal because Saeed was a tremendous bowler at the death and this is the type of role we want Sohail to play. Added to his bowling skills, he also has the ability to hit the ball hard which is an obvious asset at the end of our innings,” the Daily Times quoted Rhodes, as saying.

Tanvir has taken 83 wickets in his Twenty20 career, and his 6 for 14 against Chennai Super Kings in the first season of the IPL is the second-best figures in the format

KP ‘tired’ of justifying IPL stints


Kevin Pietersen has said he is “sick and tired” of having to repeatedly defend his participation in the Indian Premier League.

Pietersen has spent the past three weeks with the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the lucrative IPL, a domestic Indian Twenty20 tournament where teams are run by wealthy businessmen who bid for some of the world’s leading players in a pre-event ‘auction’.

Pitches in India are far removed from the seaming surfaces often encountered early on in an English season and there are those who contend it would be better for England, if not the star batsman’s bank balance, if South Africa-born Pietersen spent more time in March and April in his adopted homeland.

Surrey’s First Division County Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road, which started Wednesday, is Pietersen’s lone first-class match before England face the West Indies in the first Test at Lord’s next week.

But the 31-year-old, whose innings of 151 helped England claim their only Test win of a disappointing winter tour programme when they beat Sri Lanka in Colombo last month, insisted all was well with his preparation.

“It’s plain and simple. I’m sick and tired of having to defend myself about going to the IPL every year.

“It’s something that’s there which all the best players in the world play in. There is no need to defend myself.

“I will play in the IPL, it’s the best tournament going, and that’s the way it is.”

Pietersen, restricted to fielding duties as Worcestershire made 58 without loss on a rain-marred first day, added: “I feel like I’ve never batted better.”

Although the weather in Worcester is far different from what he’s been used to lately, Pietersen said the biggest hardship in taking part in this Championship match was that it would mean he missed his son Dylan’s second birthday on Thursday.

“It is different conditions. It’s 15 degrees. I’d like to see a two in front of the five! But it’s not a case of adapting to different conditions.

“I’ve been in England for 13 years now. It’s just adjusting. When you go to Sri Lanka and its 44-45 degrees, you have to adjust then as well.

“There are no dramas. I love doing what I’m doing.

“This week makes it very tough for me because I’ve been away for two months and haven’t seen my kid for two months and it’s his birthday tomorrow.

“It’s not the best situation for me but this is my job, this is what I’ve got to do, my family realises that and it doesn’t last forever.”

Pietersen has cut short his IPL stint so as to make himself available for England and he insisted there was no doubting where his loyalties lay.

“I love playing for England. It’s the best.

“Everyone says it’s a shame missing out on the IPL for the rest of the series. Yes it is, but I’m playing the best form of cricket next week.

“I’m playing in a Test match at Lord’s. Growing up as a kid, that’s the sort of thing you dream of.”

Professor Selected as Captain of T20 Team Pakistan


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Mohammad Hafeez in place of Misbah ul Haq as the captain of the T20 squad for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka. While Misbah would continue to lead the Pakistan side in Tests and ODIs, Hafeez will also be his deputy in the two formats.

Former captains Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik were in contention for captaining the T20 side but PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has indicated that they were looking at a long-term option.

“Misbah has rendered great service to Pakistan cricket but we felt it is time to appoint someone younger for T20 format,” Ashraf told a press conference, on Thursday.

“We have picked Hafeez keeping in mind the future but Misbah will continue to lead in Tests and ODIs. The appointments are for the coming tour to Sri Lanka,” he said.

Pakistan will tour Sri Lanka from May 29 to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 matches

Pakistan T20 Team

1 Khalid Latif
2 Ahmed Shahzad
3 Muhammad Hafeez (captain)
4 Shoaib Malik
5 Umer Akmal
6 Shakeel Ansar (WK)
7 Shahid Afridi
8 Yasir Arfat
9 Umer Gul
10 Sohail Tanveer
11 Saeed Ajmal
12 Raza Hassan
13 Haris Sohail
14 Mohammad Sami
15 Hammad Azam
16 Nasir Jamshed

Pakistan ODI Team

1 Muhammad Hafeez (vice-captain)
2 Nasir Jamshed
3 Younis Khan
4 Misbah ul Haq (captain)
5 Umer Akmal
6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper)
7 Shahid Afridi
8 Umer Gul
9 Rahat Ali
10 Saeed Ajmal
11 Abdul Rehman
12 Mohammad Sami
13 Asad Shafiq
14 Aizaz Cheema
15 Azhar Ali
16 Imran Farhat

Pakistan Test Team

1 Muhammad Hafeez (vice-captain)
2 Taufiq Umer
3 Azhar Ali
4 Misbah ul Haq (captain)
5 Younus Khan
6 Asad Shafiq
7 Adnan Akmal (wicket-keeper)
8 Umer Gul
9 Saeed Ajmal
10 Abdul Rehman
11 Mohammad Sami
12 Faisal Iqbal
13 Junaid Khan
14 Afaq Raheem
15 Muhammad Ayub Dogar
16 Aizaz Cheema