Bangladesh cricket team. (Reuters Photo)


Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of India is in jeopardy after Bangladesh cricketers went on a strike from all cricket playing activities until their 11-point demand list is not fulfilled by the country’s board.

Senior players like Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal announced this declaration during an impromptu press conference held by them at the academy ground in Mirpur on Monday. Besides Mahmudllah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Arafat Sunny, Junaid Siddique, Enamul Haque Jnr, Taskin Ahmed, Elias Sunny, Farhad Reza and some other cricketers were presented at the press conference.

Bangladesh are scheduled to tour India for a three-match Twenty20 International series and a two-Test series, which starts on November 3. Improvement of payment structure and practice facilities in Dhaka Premier League, National Cricket League and Bangladesh Premier League were the major demands among others.

“We just came to know about it we will discuss it in the board and try to resolve it as soon as possible,” BCB CEO Nizamudin Chowdhury said. “I don’t think it is anything like revolt. They are yet to tell us anything formally, but we are looking into the matter.”

After Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh in the one-off Test recently, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) implemented a rule under which every Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team must include at least one leg-spinner in their playing eleven. The BCB even suspended head coaches of two teams for not following the order.

After going down to Afghanistan, experts had said that Bangladesh batsmen’s lack of practice against wrist spinners resulted in their loss.

However, the new ruling did not go down well with the Test and T20 captain of Bangladesh, Shakib-Al-Hasan, who feels this rule will suppress the cricketers.

“For so many years we couldn’t select a leg-spinner for the senior team, but suddenly we made plans to include seven legspinners in the BPL. This decision does come as a bit of a surprise, but I would still state that the board has taken a decision that it thinks is good.

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