Bangladeshi players have announced that they will be boycotting all cricketing activities for the foreseeable future till the Bangladesh Cricket Board meet their 11-point demand, leaving their tour of India, starting November 3, in doubt.
Seniors players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah were all present at the press conference held in Dhaka on Monday (October 21). The players won’t take part in the ongoing National Cricket League season and upcoming training camp for next month’s tour of India.
“We just came to know about it we will discuss it in the board and try to resolve it as soon as possible,” BCB CEO Nizamudin Chowdhury said. “I don’t think it is anything like revolt. They are yet to tell us anything formally, but we are looking into the matter.”
Here are some of the demands:
- There shouldn’t be a salary cap in Dhaka Premier League.
“We have been expressing our discontent for a long time. We get a very low amount as our remuneration from Dhaka league. We used to contact the club in our own way previously. Now, our demand is to go back to the previous model of the Dhaka league,” said Mahmudullah.
- Remuneration for local players on par with foreign cricketers.
“Match fee for the First-class cricket should be increased to one lakh (BDT), which is now 35 thousand only, this is our fourth demand. At the same time, the salary of First-class cricketers also should be increased by 50 per cent. A first-class cricketer gets only 1500 taka as the daily allowance. I don’t think this is enough for a cricketer in order to get a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, we are demanding to increase the travel allowance. We will be happy if BCB ensures the air tickets for travelling for the First-class cricketers around the country,” Shakib said.
- Bangladesh Premier League, which has recently been converted into a BBL-based model, should be reverted to the franchise-based system.
“If you look at the other foreign leagues, cricketers can decide their own grade in the draft. We are also seeking this in BPL,” said Mushfiqur.
- The current president and secretary of the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) should resign and it will be Bangladeshi players who will take a call on who will take over the association.
- Have more domestic tournaments.
- Players should be allowed to participate in more than two overseas franchise-based leagues.