Bangladesh axed six players from national contracts. Opening batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes were among the six to miss out on a contract as Bangladesh cricket warned players to shape up, selector Habibul Bashar said.
After a year of poor performances with players who escaped the chop being denied a pay rise, an official said Thursday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board late Wednesday decided to retain just 10 players on contract, with three others to be added at a later time.
“For contracts, we mostly preferred players who would perform regularly over the next one year,” Bashar told AFP.
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“Some players have lost their regular spot in the team. They needed to be sent a message. Getting dropped does not mean the door is closed for them. Everyone will get a fair chance in future.”
Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Kamrul Islam Rabbi were the four others whose contracts were not renewed. Sabbir was already excluded from a contract on disciplinary grounds.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan told reporters that contracted players would not be given a pay rise this year.
The top remunerated players—Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mortaza—are paid Tk 420,000 ($5,121) per month from the board.
The board also said it would review contracts for around 80 first-class players.
Bangladesh lost Test series against New Zealand, India and South Africa in 2017, and just managed to scrape a draw against Sri Lanka and Australia.
Their limited-overs side made the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in the UK but were drubbed in all but four of their 14 one-day international matches. Bangladesh won just one of seven Twenty20 internationals over the same year.