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Cricketers’ strike casts doubt on India tour

  • Published at 08:49 pm October 21st, 2019
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File photo: Bangladesh players announcing their 11-point demand at an impromptu press conference in Mirpur Monday Dhaka Tribune

The Tigers are scheduled to tour India in November for a two-match Test series and three-match T20I series

A strike for an indefinite period called on by Bangladesh national cricketers has put a question mark to the future of Bangladesh national cricket team’s scheduled tour of India in November. 

The national and first-class cricketers of the country took to the media at BCB Academy Ground Monday and announced a strike saying that they wouldn't take part in any cricketing activities until their 11-points demand have been addressed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

The Tigers are scheduled to tour India in November for a two-match Test series and three-match T20I series. 

In case the situation between the BCB and the cricketers fails to be resolved and the Bangladesh team cannot make it to the tour, the 120 points of the two Tests, that are part of the ICC Test championships, will be awarded to hosts India. 

BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury, following the press meet of the cricketers, said the BCB is yet to be informed about the demands by the cricketers formally but efforts will be made to provide a solution to the issue.

“We [BCB] are yet to be informed formally. We have been informed only by the media. We will try to resolve the matter as soon as possible,” said Nizamuddin to the media on Monday.

Meanwhile, the BCCI [Board for Control of Cricket in India] are relaxed about the situation as per media reports.

"The BCCI will wait and watch the developments closely. This is an internal matter of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and until and unless we hear from them, there is no point for us to make a comment,” told a senior BCCI functionary to PTI [Press Trust India].

As per reports, the BCCI has a strong feeling of the series not getting hurt due to the strike. The confidence is being said to be driven from BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly’s relations with both the BCB and Bangladesh players.

The Bangladesh team is scheduled to travel to India on October 30 and start their month-long tour with the three-match T20I series scheduled to be played on November 3, 7 and 10 in Delhi, Rajkot and Nagpur, respectively. The first Test of the series is scheduled to begin on November 14 at Indore while the second will be held in Kolkata from November 22.