BCB in panic mode after Bangladesh's top stars down tools ahead of India tour

Waseem Ahmed 12:45 22/10/2019
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Shakib and other top players went public with their strike on Monday.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called an emergency meeting of its directors following the strike called by the country’s top players including skipper Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of India is under threat after the top national team players underlined an 11-point demand to the BCB on Monday. The players have downed tools in the ongoing National Cricket League and have threatened to suspend all cricket activities until their demands are met by the Bangladesh board.

Most of the demands are financial in nature with the players expressing their dissatisfaction with the distribution of the revenue generated by the BCB.

With only a few days remaining for the tour of India to get underway, the BCB has been forced into action with its directors holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, former BCB supremo Saber Hossain Chowdhury has backed the players on their decision while accusing the current administration of indulging in corrupt practices.

“BCB is only national sporting body in the world that promotes institutionalised matchfixing and corruption,” he said on his Twitter account.

“Flagged this issue many times myself,” he said.

“We all know the sorry state of our first, second and third division cricket,” star all-rounder Shakib had stated in his press-conference in Dhaka on Monday.

“A lot of the times we know which team will win and which team will lose before the match starts,” he added.

Bangladesh are slated to play three T20Is, followed by two Tests, on their tour of India with the first clash schedule to take place on November 3. The pre-tour training camp is supposed to get underway soon but Monday’s developments have thrown a spanner into the works.

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