If the cricketers don’t want to play it’s on them, said Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan while talking about the players’ strike for 11-point-demands.
He made the remarks while addressing a media call on Tuesday (Oct 22) following an emergency meeting regarding the cricketers’ strike.
“If they don’t want to play they won’t. But what’s the point? What will you gain if you don’t play. I don’t understand why you have to stop playing for the demands,” he said.
Terming the protests as a conspiracy to destabilize Bangladesh cricket, the BCB president said “It’s shocking. I can’t even conceive that our players can do something like this.”
He said that as the BCB chief he has no issues with accepting the demands but expressed irate at the fact that the players spoke to the media without any discussions.
“If anyone wants to talk, the doors are always open for them,” he said and added that not only did the players not submit their demands, they aren’t answering calls either.
On Monday (Oct 21), the Bangladesh national cricketers, including the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim went on a strike amidst growing rift with BCB putting the upcoming India tour in jeopardy.
In the media call, around 50 players from the national team and first-class cricket gathered while 11 players including Shakib, Mahmudullah announced one point each.
Demands were related to increasing the payment structure and practice facilities in Dhaka Premier League, National Cricket League and Bangladesh Premier League among others.
THE 11-POINT DEMAND
1. The current committee of Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) must resign immediately. The players’ transfer of Premier League must be done following the old system so that players can choose a team according to their liking
2. If it is not possible in this year, from next year onwards, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) must be arranged based on the previous model. The wages of local players must be increased
3. The match fee for first-class matches should be Tk 100,000. Coaches and physios should be provided year-long practice facilities in every division
4. The domestic matches must use balls that are used in international matches. The meagre Tk 1,500 as daily allowance must be increased. Plane fares should be provided to go from one venue to another, hotel facilities should be upgraded along with the gym and swimming pool facilities
5. The number of contracted players and their salaries must be increased
6. Salaries of local staff members, the salary of coaches, ground staff, umpires and others must be increased
7. The number of one-day tournaments in the domestic arena must be increased. The players wish to play another T20 tournament before the BPL
8. The local calendar must be fixed
9. The dues of DPL must be paid on time
10. The restriction of not playing in two or more franchise leagues must be withdrawn
11. The players also urged female cricketers to come up with their problems as they are eager to move together with female cricketers to improve the cricketing atmosphere of the country.