Bangladesh cricketers go on strike over pay, other demands

Players say they will not take part in any cricket activity unless their 11-point demand list is met by the board.

ICC Cricket World Cup - Bangladesh v New Zealand
The boycott has thrown Bangladesh's upcoming tour to India in jeopardy [Andrew Couldridge/Reuters]

Bangladesh’s cricketers have gone on strike, refusing to turn up for duty until their 11-point list of demands is met.

The players want an increased say in cricket matters and an improvement of domestic pay packages. They also urged for an improvement of pay packages for groundsmen and local coaches.

No age-level cricket players were included among those seeking the 11-point demands.

“We did not include under-19 team here as they are preparing for the World Cup. Everybody else is here and we know everybody is with us,” Bangladesh Test captain Shakib al Hasan said at a press conference on Monday in the capital, Dhaka. 

“We are not going to be involved in cricket unless our demand is fulfilled.”

Hasan said the strike was for domestic and first-class cricket to international cricket.

“We could not include our women’s cricketers because this decision was taken suddenly and if they have any demands they can include it with us,” Hasan said.

The planned boycott has thrown Bangladesh’s upcoming tour to India, which starts on November 3, in jeopardy.

Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they would discuss the matter.

“We have just been informed about the development through media. They [players] are yet to talk on this matter with us directly,” Chowdhury said.

“We surely will take a decision on this matter. At this point, I can’t say anything on this.”

Bangladesh is currently ranked ninth on the list of 12 Test playing nations.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies