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Bangladeshi cricketers launch strike

At around 3:00pm crickets lead by Test and T20 captain Sakib Al Hasan announced the strike.

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Bangladeshi cricketers launch strike
During Press Conference Players were putting 11 points demand

National cricketers of Bangladesh, including Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim gathered at the BCB Academy ground in Mirpur today to put forward an 11-point demand and announced that they have gone on a strike and will boycott all cricket-related activities untill the demand is fulfilled.

At around 3:00 pm crickets lead by Test and T20 captain Sakib Al Hasan announced the strike from a news conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Sakib Said, “The cricketers will boycott all types of cricketing activities until the demands are fulfilled.”

The basic thrust of which was to increase players’ say in cricket matters and an improvement of the pay packages of domestic cricketers.

The demands were not restricted to cricketers — Tamim, the sixth to take the microphone, urged for an improvement of pay packages for groundsmen, as well as for more respect and remuneration for local coaches, who he said suffered in comparison with foreign coaches.

The development comes a month after Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to abandon the Bangladesh Premier League franchise-based model, resulting in the fall of the income of the cricketers.

Their 11-point demand includes immediate resignations of president and general secretary of Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh, revoking the BCB’s decision to abandon the franchise-based model and lifting the salary cap in the Dhaka Premier League.

Test and T20I captain said, “We all want cricket to improve. Someone here will play cricket for three or four years and someone for ten years. For those who will play in future, we want to leave a good environment from which Bangladesh cricket will move forward.

While the national cricketers, who play first division cricket are part of this strike, no age-level cricketers were included among those seeking the 11-point demands to be met by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

There have been ongoing rumours that the players were unhappy about various issues. It was heard that they were going to take an action but they never disclosed anything in the media. Today the players invited journalists to the BCB Academy ground in Mirpur for a press conference where they announced their decision.

Bangladesh cricket team are scheduled to play three-match T20I series and a two-match Test series in India in November with the first T20I slated to begin on November 3 at Delhi and the tour is in doubt following the cricketers’ boycott.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury appeared to be taken by surprise after Bangladeshi players put forth an 11-point demand today. He said, “We have not received any formal communication; we have heard from the media, so it won’t be right to make any comments at the moment,”

Nizamuddin Chowdhury also remarks, “Of course the players are very important to us. I will communicate their issues to the board when I get them and the board will then take a decision. It is of course a big issue.”

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