Bangladesh’s Cricketers Go on Strike, India Tour Under Cloud

Bangladesh’s cricket team has taken the unprecedented step of going on an indefinite strike and have submitted a 11-point demand letter to the BCB.

Trouble had been brewing for a while now with skipper Shakib-al-Hasan frequently voicing his and other Bangladeshi cricketers’ grievances in interviews to local dailies. The crux of the demands made by the cricketers is an increase in their salaries and the money they make from domestic cricket leagues.

The cricket team hosted a press conference on Monday afternoon and shared some of their demands with the media which include the elimination of the ‘salary cap’ in the Dhaka Premier League. They players also demanded for the Bangladesh Premier League’s format to be reverted back to the ‘franchise style’ rather than the new format they follow, which is similar to the Big Bash League.

Bangladesh’s tour of India is scheduled to start on 3 November and includes 3 T20Is and 2 Test matches. However, with the team going on strike, the series may have to be cancelled unless the Bangladesh Cricket Board address the players’ demands in the next few weeks.

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