Cricketers go on strike
Published : Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 875
Mushfiqur Rahim, who was flanked by dozens of cricketers including national stalwarts Sakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah among others, talking to reporters in front of National Cricket Academy on Monday. photo: ObserverNational and first class cricketers of Bangladesh decided to shun all cricketing activities including international events, national camps and ongoing NCL till the acceptance of their 11- point demand they placed to the media on Monday.
About 100 cricketers led by senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim had presented their demands to media at the academy premises of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
The demands include pay hike, infrastructure development, increase in facilities, reintroduction of franchises format BPL, enhancing centrally contract players number, ensure minimum standard of living for cricket related staff, claiming dues in domestic clubs and close down the limitation to play two franchise leagues.
"Cricketers will not take part in any kind of cricketing activities until fulfilment of our demands," Test and T20i skipper of Bangladesh National Cricket Team Shakib Al Hasan announced to journalists after the declaration of 11 points.
"National League, First Class cricket, National team's camp and International cricket all are part of our strike. The solution must come after discussion and we shall be back in action after acceptance of all of our demands," he declared.
The demonstration created doubts about Tigers' upcoming India tour, ongoing NCL and forthcoming BPL.
BCB however, assured of a remedy to the demonstrating players. "Players are our greatest assets. We always give greater emphasis to their demands. We shall place their demands on the board's next meeting and take a decision on the issues," Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the CEO of the organization assured journalists in reaction to the players' press conference.