The CWAB meeting, which was held through an online application on Sunday evening, involved former Bangladesh captains Naimur Rahman and Khaled Mahmud and current senior cricketers Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Abdur Razzak, Tushar Imran along with few junior cricketers representing different teams in the Dhaka League
The Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) in a press release on Monday said they hope Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB] will ensure proper health measures and security and take guidance from the government before taking decision on Bangladesh national team’s scheduled tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series.
The press release from CWAB also mentioned they would want to observe the situation further before taking any decision over resuming Dhaka Premier League. The 50-over premier cricket tournament of the country got suspended after the first round due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Though Sri Lanka has been ready to host the series since start of June, Bangladesh has not been able to make a decision. The board took opinion of the senior cricketers from national team on the tour where the cricketers were unison in not going ahead with the series given the deteriorating condition of the country’s coronavirus pandemic.
The CWAB meeting, which was held through an online application on Sunday evening, involved former Bangladesh captains Naimur Rahman and Khaled Mahmud and current senior cricketers Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Abdur Razzak, Tushar Imran along with few junior cricketers representing different teams in the Dhaka League.
“We agreed that the current situation in the country is not suitable to resume the Dhaka Premier League as our main focus is to provide the safety of the players as well as the match officials. On that regard we have decided to observe the situation further on resuming the DPL and will later inform the BCB over our decisions,” said CWAB general secretary Debabrata Paul to the media on Monday.
The meeting and the discussion amongst the cricketers later is understood to have broken the ice of a possible misunderstanding that was brewing. The domestic cricketers have been eager for the Dhaka League to resume given for many cricketers it is the only source of income. However, a fraction of cricketers were informed that the league could only take place if the national team agrees to take part in the Sri Lanka tour. Many cricketers following to that went desperate, started blaming the leaders in the national dressing room and overlook the actual facts that would not allow the tournament to resume.
“A few of us were initially told that Dhaka League can only resume if the national team gets back to the field. Honestly the time we are in now is desperate and many of the cricketers are struggling financially. So many had misunderstood initially and were of thought that the national team should tour Sri Lanka,” said an established cricketer from the domestic circuit requesting anonymity to Dhaka Tribune.
“But we were soon made realize the fact that resuming the tournament does not solely rely on actions of the national team. The situation in our country is not right. The locations of the fields are all in red zone. Then there is the fact that the ultimate decision for the league to resume has to come from the government and then if even if the national team goes to Sri Lanka the tournament will be played only after they return, the clubs will not agree to play without the national cricketers,” the cricketer added.
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The senior national cricketer in shape of Test captain Mominul Haque, ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, T20I captain Mahmudullah, wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and veteran pacer Mashrafe bin Mortaza has been vocal on the importance of resuming cricket in the country though Dhaka League and that the national cricketers should be given at least four to six weeks to prepare before being put play an international series.
BCB upon request of the cricketer had taken initiative to start sessions at facilities at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and other parts of the country. But as it happened, worsening of the situation made the governing body take a step back from their intention. On Monday BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury, speaking to a leading newspaper had said possibilities for the board to resume activities in June is slim.
CWAB general secretary Debabrata adding to the facts said, “Regarding the training of the national cricketers, we have already witnessed that many areas were marked as red zone in Dhaka and Mirpur is among the red zone areas. So, it is not possible to continue the training on those areas at the moment.”
“Regarding the national team’s Sri Lanka tour, we all know it requires the mental and physical preparation for any series and the situation at the moment is not ideal in our country. But despite that we have decided that the BCB will talk to the government officials and whatever the government decides we will follow that,” the former cricketer added.