Bangladesh tour of India, starting November 3, is now in doubt as the players of the national side called for a press conference in Dhaka and announced that they will not take part in any cricketing activities unless a 11-point demand made to the cricket board is met.
The protest, announced by national Test and Twenty20 captain Shakib Al Hasan and nearly 50 players are part of the protest including Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.
The cricketers want local players and coaches to be paid more equitably with foreign hires.
This includes a 50 percent pay hike for first-class players, the expansion of national pay contracts, increased match fees in domestic four-day and 50-over games, and better benefits for groundskeepers.
“We have to respect the local coaches, physios, trainers and groundsman. They get really a little amount of salary at the end of the month,” senior opener Tamim Iqbal said on behalf of the players at the press conference.
“Match fee for the first-class cricket should be increased to one lakh (Bangladesh Taka), which is now 35 thousand only. At the same time, the salary of first-class cricketers also should be increased by 50 per cent,” said Shakib Al Hassan. “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”, Shakib added.
According to Local Media, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) believe that the tour is remains on course as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to attending the second Test at the Eden Gardens from November 22. In case Bangladesh forfeits, the ICC will award the Test series to India who will get 120 points.
Some of the demands are following:
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) must go back to franchise model, Dhaka Premier League (their domestic first-class competition) must go back to open market transfers, central contract salary should be higher, and include more players, higher first class match fees, players association to no longer have conflict of interest.
The BCB governing body said that they are considering the players’ demands.
“The players are very important for us. They also made demands in the past and we always try to accommodate their demands,” BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the Bangladesh Press.