Players' strike puts question mark over India-Bangladesh series


Players strike puts question mark over India-Bangladesh series
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan speaks to journalists as Mushfiqur Rahim (right) looks on in Dhaka on Monday. (AFP)

Dhaka - We surely will take a decision on this matter. At this point, I can't say anything on this, says Nizamuddin Chwodhury


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Published: Mon 21 Oct 2019, 5:57 PM

Last updated: Mon 21 Oct 2019, 8:00 PM

Bangladesh's cricket players have decided to go on strike, stating that they won't take part in the sport until their 11-point demand is met, putting next month's tour of India in doubt.
The players want an increased say in cricket matters and an improvement of domestic pay packages. They also urged for an improvement of pay packages for groundsmen, as well as more money for local coaches.
No age-level cricket players were included among those seeking the 11-point demands.
"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," Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan said. "We are not going to be involved in cricket unless our demand is fulfilled."
Hasan said the strike is for domestic and first-class cricket to international cricket.
"We could not include our women's cricketers because this decision was taken suddenly and if they have any demands they can include it with us," Hasan said. "I am sure they must have some demands and if they join us we can put it forward."
Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chwodhury said they would discuss the matter.
"We have just been informed about the development through media. They (players) are yet to talk on this matter with us directly," Chowdhury said.
"We surely will take a decision on this matter. At this point, I can't say anything on this."
Their strike does put a question mark on their upcoming tour of India, but it is too early to say that the tour is under threat.
Bangladesh are slated to play three T20 matches and a two-match Test series in India in November with the first T20I slated to begin on November 3 in Delhi. 

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