In a sensation development being reported from Bangladesh, a team from the Dhaka Premier league has raised allegations of suspicious activity on the field of play against three of their high-profile players. Victoria Sporting Club, who qualified for the super league stage of the tournament this season, have submitted a written charge to the Bangladesh Cricket Board intimating them of concerns about club captain Nadif Chowdhury, Shuhrawadi Shuvo and Dolar Mahmud.
The three players are three of the biggest names turning out for Victoria SC, along with opener Mominul Haque. All three of them have played international cricket for Bangladesh in one of the three formats at least. While Dolar and Nadif’s international days are thought to be over, left-arm spinner Shuvo remains on the fringe of international selection.
A letter has been submitted to the country’s cricket board asking them to investigate the intentions of these three players, specifically in two matches against Legends of Rupganj. In both matches, Victoria had posted huge totals batting first, but had lost the matches due to sloppy efforts in the field.
Club president Nesar Ahmed said, “We have submitted an application to the board to investigate against three players of our team. We think they intentionally played badly against Legends of Rupganj in both round matches to lose the games.
“Against Rupganj in the first round and the Super League match, our players Nadif Chowdhury, Suhrawadi Shuvo and Dollar Mahmood dropped a number of catches in the vital moments, for which we had to lose both the games. From here we doubt they did these intentionally going against their own team.”
“We show caused Nadif Chowdhury, Dollar Mahmood, Suhrawadi Shuvo and some other players. But they never replied to our concerns. So now it’s up to the board to find out why the players did these against their team,” said the Victoria president.
However, what gives an entirely different spin on the matter is that there is a controversy regarding non-payment of players that had risen previously. Before the allegations that the three players had thrown away matches had come about, it had been reported that there were several cases of players not receiving payments for their DPL services. Victoria captain Nadif Chowdhury had been one of the players who had been reported to have complained about the matter to the BCB.
It is not yet known whether this is a conspiracy to malign three cricketers because a club does not have the money to pay them, or whether this is an instance of players throwing matches away, but this paints the organisation of the Dhaka Premier League in exceedingly shabby light.Published 26 Jun 2016, 20:05 IST