Bangladesh cricketers boycott all cricket related activities ahead of tour with India
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Ahead of India tour, Bangladesh Cricketers went on strike on Monday. The players said they will boycott and not take part in any cricket activity until their demands are addressed.
As per a report in Bangladesh's leading daily, The Daily Star, cricketers have raised 11 demands to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) including the board's decision to abandon Bangladesh Premier League (BCB)
Though the strike does not raise question on their upcoming tour of India, it is too early to reach any conclusion. Leading crickets of Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan, Mushifiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah gathered at a press conference that took place in National Cricket Academy, Dhaka to announce their decision.
In its latest move, the BCB implemented a new rule under which it was compulsory for every team to pick one-leg spinner in their playing eleven. It also suspended two head coaches for not following the order.
"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," IANS quoted Shakib as saying.
Shakib said that leg-spinners should bowl a lot of overs in first-class cricket to gain confidence and consistency. The champion all-rounder added that in BPL is a competitive environment where one faces tough scenarios like international cricket and share the dressing room with foreign cricketers. It is not the place to make a player.
The report suggested that there are issues of a salary cap in the seventh edition of BPL. It was revealed that the decision was made after the BPL resulted in the reduction of the average professional cricketer's earning to an all-time low. The cricket governing body also did not raise the match fees in the first-class competition that began earlier this month.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play three T20Is, two-match Test series in India with the first T20I set to begin on November 3 in Delhi.
BPL, an emulation of the Indian Premier League or IPL began in 2012. The tournament is played between seven teams (reduced from eight in 2017). Comilla Victorians are the current champions of the T20 league.
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