In one of the most dramatic scenes in Bangladesh cricket history, around 50 of the country’s top cricketers announced that they would boycott all cricketing activities unless the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) met an 11-point list of demands put forward by the cricketers yesterday.
Beloved national players Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad were leading figures in the announcement, which was made during a press conference at the Academy Ground in Mirpur yesterday.
The players’ strike means that the upcoming third round of the National Cricket League (NCL), the national training camp from October 25 to prepare for the tour of India, and the tour itself may be in jeopardy.
The cricketers read out their demands one by one. The 11-point list included the resolution of payment irregularities in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL), a return to the players’ transfer system from the players-by-choice system in the DPL, a return to the franchise-based model of the Bangladesh Premier League from next edition, improvement in infrastructure, facilities and increased payments for first-class cricketers.
The cricketers even raised questions about the standards in first, second and third division cricket which have been beset by corruption with Shakib saying that teams know who will win the match even before going to the field.