The Bangladesh cricket team has put a question mark over their tour of India after their players went on strike against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on October 21, demanding a hike in salary, among other claims.
The Bangladesh tour of India which was scheduled to start from the 3rd of November this year has been thrown into jeopardy after top players in Bangladesh went on strike, refusing to take part in any cricketing activity till their demands are met.
Senior Players Decide To Strike
Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan along with senior players like Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah put out an 11-point agenda placing their demands before the BCB at a press conference on Monday. If the BCB fails to come to an agreement with the players, it can put their tour of India at stake, compromising two Test matches and three T20 Internationals.
The 11-point list included matters like increased participation in cricket decisions and improvement in domestic pay packages. Senior opener, Tamim Iqbal, on behalf of the players, also demanded for an improvement in the pay packages for local coaches, trainers, physios and groundsmen. Some of the other demands included reverting to the franchise model for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), allowing open market transfers for the Dhaka Premier League and higher Central Contract salary.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan announced that no players from the under-19 team were included in the Boycott Plan as they were left to prepare for the upcoming World Cup. Hasan also clarified that since this was a sudden decision, the Bangladesh women’s cricket team could not be included. However, he stated that if the women’s team has any demands on their part, it can be included in the 11-point list. Apart from these high profile names, nearly 50 players have taken part in the protest demanding quick action from the BCB before they indulge in any kind of cricketing activity.
BCCI Responds To Bangladesh Tour Concerns
A senior BCCI functionary responded with a guarded statement on behalf of the BCCI stating these problems were the concerns of the BCB and that India would not interfere in any such matters. BCB CEO Nizamudin Chowdhury assured the BCCI that these pressing issues will be discussed by the Board and resolved at the earliest.
As of now, the Bangladesh-India series is on and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the test match at Eden Gardens which starts on November 22.