BCB calls emergency meeting of directors after players go on strike

first_imgBCB calls emergency meeting of directors after players go on strikeThe Bangladesh cricketers went on strike on Monday, saying that they wouldn’t take part in any cricket activity until their demands are addressed by their board.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk DhakaOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 17:33 IST Bangladesh are scheduled to tour India to play three T20I and two Test matches. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCB called for a meeting following the players’s strikeBangladesh cricket team members have gone on an indefinite strike from all cricket activitiesBangladesh tour of India is scheduled to start from November 3The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called an emergency meeting of its directors after the players went on a strike from all cricket playing activities with an 11-point demand list.The Bangladesh cricketers, senior players like Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, have refrained from taking part in any on-field activities until their demands are met. Improvement of payment structure and practice facilities in Dhaka Premier League, National Cricket League and Bangladesh Premier League were the major demands among others.With Bangladesh tour of India scheduled to start on November 3, the BCB has very less time to convince the players to start training in a preparatory camp for the tour.According to ESPNcricinfo, the BCB directors had a mixed reaction in regard the situation, with some blaming the players for blackmailing the board while the other expressing their concern over players’ circumstances.Director Jalal Yunus said, “We had no idea that the cricketers were so angry, disappointed and upset,”.”They could have placed the demands at the board before issuing the ultimatum. However, they went to the media to call off all cricketing activities. This is nothing but blackmailing,” Yunus told Bengali daily Samakal.Mahbubul Anam, another board director, said, “They can have demands but before going to the media, they should have come to the BCB. The board president is always in touch with these cricketers.”However, Akram Khan, the former Bangladesh captain and now a board director in charge of cricket operations, had a different stance.”These things always start with a movement. Once you sit with the board, it is no longer a movement. The board is there to serve the cricketers’ purpose. I hope there will be reconciliation between the players and the board. We will try to solve their issues in the board meeting [on Tuesday].”advertisementEarlier, Naimur Rahman had said that he was ready to resign from his post of Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) president.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.Also Read | BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confident Bangladesh will tour India despite players’ strikeAlso Read | BCCI’s selection committee to meet on October 24 to select India squad for Bangladesh seriesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more