Bangladesh cricketers’ strike unlikely to affect India tour


MUMBAI: Regardless of the developments in Dhaka on Monday, when Bangladesh’s international cricketers went on a strike against their cricket board stating a 11-point agenda, their tour of India starting November 3 and comprising three T20Is and two Test matches is most likely to go ahead.

Well-placed sources told TOI that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), which is formally waiting to hear from the cricketers, is hoping that matters will be resolved this week or early next week at best.

Bangladesh announced their T20 squad for the India tour three days ago with all-rounder Shakib al Hasan being retained as skipper. Shakib, interestingly, is at the helm of the player revolt that gained pace on Monday.

On top of that 11-point agenda are a hike in player payments, a revolt against the discontinuation of the franchise-based system in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), better compensations at the First Class level, open market transfers, revised central contracts and more.

“Revolts usually tend to happen these days before an India tour. It’s becoming a sort of a trend. And understandably, considering all stakeholders know what’s at play when we’re talking about boycotting an India tour,” say sources tracking developments.
Talking to reporters in Kolkata, BCCI’s president-elect, Sourav Ganguly also said, “It is their internal matter, but they will sort out, they will come.”
For the record, the Australian cricketers too had threatened boycott early this year ahead of the India tour and “if we all remember it correctly, it was sorted out in no time. Revolts don’t make sense when we’re discussing a series with India,” say industry sources.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told TOI: “I’m certain it will all be resolved very soon. Even we’re trying to find out the all details and as soon as we have them, the board will be taking this up as top priority.”


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