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Bangladeshi cricketers go on first-ever strike: They announce 11-point demand

2019-10-21 10:36:15

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Bangladesh national team cricketers on Monday announced that they will abstainfrom all cricket-related activities until their 11-point demand, including salary hike, are met by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

The cricketers made the announcement at a press conference at the National Cricket Academy Ground in the city, UNB reports.

Bangladesh Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan placed the demands of the cricketers at the press conference.

Besides, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudllah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Arafat Sunny, JunaidSiddique, Enamul Haque Jnr, Taskin Ahmed, Elias Sunny, Farhad Reza and some other cricketers were presented at the press conference.

BCB faces such protests by the country’s cricketers in its cricket history.  

Cricbuzz adds: "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."
 

The following are some of the demands:

- Resignation of the current president and secretary of the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) with immediate effect, after which the Bangladesh players will select who takes over the association.

- Dhaka Premier League, the domestic tournament in Bangladesh, should not have salary cap. "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," Mahmudullah said.

- BPL should be conducted in franchise-style, like it was before, instead of the revised BBL-type format and the local players should be paid on par with the foreign players. Recently the board had decided to do away with the franchise-based format after a fallout with the franchises, and turn to the Big Bash League model. "If you look at the other foreign leagues, cricketers can decide their own grade in the draft. We are also seeking this in BPL," Mushfiqur Rahim said.

- Better remuneration at the first-class level."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.

- An increase in the number of players in the central contract list and an increase in salaries. While making this demand, Emanul Haque jr. complained that the salaries have been stuck at the same amount for the last three years.

- Tamim Iqbal also made a remuneration-related demand. He said: "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."

- To have more domestic cricket tournaments, besides the one 50-over event - the Dhaka Premier League - and the T20 tournament - the Bangladesh Premier League.

- The players have also called for a calendar for domestic cricket so they can prepare better.

- Uniformity in timing of payments made to the players for BPL and DPL. Ten teams in the DPL have paid their players on time, but the Brothers Union Club - a team in the DPL - have only cleared 40 percent of the fees due to their players. "We have gone to the board several times and as a national cricketers we don't think we deserve this kind of treatment," Junaed Siddique said.

- Players should be allowed to play more than two overseas franchise-based league.Two years ago, BCB had come up with a rule that their national side players would get NOCs for only two overseas franchise-based league.

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