A day after all the Bangladesh cricketers went on strike by saying that they wouldn’t take part in any of the cricketing activity until their 11-point demands are not fulfilled by the cricket board, Nazmul Hassan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president on Tuesday said that he was hopeful of India tour as per plan. He also claimed that players’ strike is a conspiracy and nothing else.
“We will find who is behind this conspiracy,” said Nazmul Hassan during a press conference as quoted by leading local newspaper The Daily Star. “I hope that the camp will go on. The India series will take place. I believe that most of the players want to play. They want cricket to develop. I don’t believe that they will bring the country’s cricket into disrepute due to a small sum of money. But we will see what happens.”
However, the BCB president did not share the plans for their next move. On the other hand, while addressing the media, senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim had clearly said on Monday that they wouldn’t take part in any cricket activities until their demands are fulfilled.
“We did not include Under-19 team here as they are preparing for the World Cup. Everybody else is here and we know everybody is with us. We are not going to involve in cricket. Unless our demand is fulfilled we are not coming back to cricket,” Shakib Al Hasan had said.
“Beside age level cricketers 19, 17 and 15, everybody in national team and domestic cricket is involved here and it starts from today. This is applicable from domestic cricket and first-class cricket to international cricket,” he added.
According to reports, the issues are regarding salary and the rules of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) along with others.
BCB president said: “What I want to see and know first is who goes to play and who doesn’t. Whether they will go to camp or not. First, I have to know who is trying to jeopardize the India tour. I have to know what the real problem is or else there will be other problems a few days later.”
“It is their internal matter, but they will sort out, they will come,” Sourav Ganguly said when he was asked about the series. “I speak to the BCB, but this doesn’t come under me.”