Bangladesh tour of India in doubt as senior players strike

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 21, 2019 17:09 hrs
Shakib Al Hasan

Television broadcaster Star Sports' campaign to promote the India versus Bangladesh contest is alive and kicking, with Virender Sehwag in an animated avatar as a Bangladeshi ball, but dark clouds loom over the tour scheduled to run from November 3-26.

There are 11 demands according to a list released by the players which include the reversal of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) decision last month to abandon the Bangladesh Premier League's (BPL) franchise-based model. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah were the players present during the press conference that took place at National Cricket Academy in Dhaka. The cricketers are unlikely to indulge in any cricket-related activities until their demands are addressed.

The decision made on BPL resulted in the reduction of the average professional cricketer's earning to an all-time low. The cricket governing body also did not raise the match fees in the first-class competition that began earlier this month.

Bangladesh has been one of the most improved sides in the recent times and their rivalry with India has snowballed since their wins in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and when the men-in-blue toured the neighbouring country in 2015.

Recent close encounters of the two teams have kept the fans at the edge of their seats. While the players have shown more aggression on the field, their fans have been quite notorious while celebrating their team's upset wins over India on social media.

Especially after the one-sided contest against South Africa, with their off-the-field banter, the Bangla Tigers were expected to provide the fans with better entertainment during the 3 T20Is and 2 Tests.

With Agency Inputs