Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Senior Bangladesh Cricketers Announce Boycott BCB

Senior Bangladesh Cricketers Announce Boycott BCB

Players gather in front of National Cricket Academy for press conference.

Bangladesh's upcoming tour of India was on Monday thrown into jeopardy after their national team players refused to participate in any cricketing activity until their demands, including a hike in salary, are met. "We will be happy if BCB ensures the air tickets for travelling for the First-class cricketers around the country".

The star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was also of the opinion that focusing on the national team was not the only responsibility of the organizers, and that they should first focus on providing the basic amenities like installing air-conditioners in the indoor facilities, something that still hasn't been done despite numerous promises in the past ten years. "Apart from the Under-19s and the other age-group teams, all first-class and national teams are included".

Then the national team's Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan announced to boycott all domestic first-class and global cricket unless certain demands were met, effecting putting the next month's tour of India in jeopardy. The immediate impact of their action will be on the National Cricket League, now in progress, the training camp for next month's tour of India, and possibly the tour itself.

Bangladesh tour of India is set to begin on November 3 with the T20I series and will be followed by the two-match Test series with the matches being scheduled at Indore and Kolkata.

A CricBuzz report says that among the demands made by the Bangladeshi cricketers include the absence of a salary cap in the Dhaka Premier League, a club List A tournament in Bangladesh and the country's popular T20 leagueBangladesh Premier League (BPL) should retain its format.

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Increase in the number of players in central contract. Earlier, it was the franchise-based tournament. "They are yet to tell us anything formally", said BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

'You see our groundsman.

"Even we want the betterment of cricket". The money that our coaches get it is 20times less than that of a foreign coach, ' said opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

In an unprecedented move, top cricketers of Bangladesh went on a strike on Monday, making it clear that they won't feature in any cricketing affairs unless their demands are addressed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

"The players are very important for us".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has refused to take any action in this matter.

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