Bangladesh cricketers call off strike: India tour back on track
The deadlock between the players and Bangladesh Cricket Board ended after a two-hour long meeting which went on close to midnight on Wednesday.
Bangladeshi cricketers ended their strike late Wednesday after they said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to meet most of their demands including a pay hike for domestic first class players. With this announcement, Bangladesh's tour of India is back on track.
The deadlock between the players and Bangladesh Cricket Board ended after a two-hour long meeting which went on close to midnight on Wednesday. "The talk was successful," said Test and Twenty20 captain Shakib al Hasan, who played a key role in the unprecedented revolt which started on Monday.
(Shakib Al Hassan & other senior Bangladesh cricketers putting forth their demands. October 21st)
The truce means that the team's T20 and Test tour of India, beginning November 3, will go on as per schedule and players will be joining the preparatory camp on Friday.
"As Papon bhai (BCB president Nazmul Hassan) said, it was a fruitful discussion. He and the rest of the directors assured us that our demands will be met as soon as possible. Based on their assurance, we will start playing the NCL and attend the training camp," Shakib was quoted as saying by PTI.
However, this truce only came after a bitter face-off between the cricketers and the administration, where the board had described the strike as a conspiracy by some players and the board president was even quoted saying, "If they don't want to play, they won't."
But on Wednesday, the risk of jeopardising the lucrative India tour seemed too much for the board. In fact, the players added two more demands to the 11 made on Monday, asking for a percentage of BCB revenues and equal pay for women cricketers.
BCB president Hassan did not commit anything on the two latest demands but said the original 11 will be fulfilled. Players had also demanded fresh elections in the players' body and BCB agreed to that.
"We have agreed with the rest of the demands, like the DPL transfers and BPL franchise model. We will also significantly improve their allowances in the domestic competitions, and it will be done in the next two or three days. Not in six months or a year," said the BCB chief Nazmul Hassan.
On Tuesday night, the BCB agreed to one of the key demands of the players - to bring back the Dhaka Premier League's club transfer system - following a meeting of the Dhaka league committee.