CCDM refuses to increase pool players’ quota
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis on Friday rejected the proposal to increase the number of pool players for a club to four after a lukewarm response from club officials.

The CCDM had earlier allowed a maximum of three players from the 21-member national pool in a club side, which put the fate of many players into uncertainty.

After being requested by the Cricket Players Association of Bangladesh and former national captain Habibul Bashar, CCDM chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain raised the issue at the meeting of the committee only to be snubbed by the other officials. ‘Only Abahani and DOHS have agreed to the proposal.

So we had no other choice but to drop the idea,’ Ashraf said after the meeting. ‘Many players have demanded full payment instead of agreeing a match by match payment.

‘They will miss a number of matches, so the clubs have reason to pay them on a match basis. ‘As most of the players were against the idea, the clubs refused to increase the quota of pool players,’ he said. Meanwhile, in a new twist to the pre-transfer saga, the defending Dhaka Premier League Champions Abahani have confirmed the services of opening batsmen Shahriar Nafees as their second pool player.

Shahriar will be joined by middle-order batsman Tushar Imran.

The Abahani officials said they are now looking to rope in either Mohammad Rafique or Abdur Razzak to complete their pool quota after losing out on national vice-captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza.

Mashrafee has reportedly joined the Bangladesh Biman, though Mohammedan officials said they are also interested in him. Mohammedan have already confirmed the services of Aftab Ahmad and Mohammad Ashraful, but they remained undecided about their third prospective pool player Habibul Bashar.

The three-day long inter-club players’ transfer begins on February 3.

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