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BCB boss smells 'conspiracy' in players’ strike

  • Published at 04:55 pm October 22nd, 2019
BCB president Nazmul Hasan briefs the media in Dhaka Tuesday as CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury and directors Jalal Younus and Naimur Rahman Durjoy look on Dhaka Tribune

The BCB boss, in an hour-long press conference at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday did not however, address the 11-point demands that have been put forth by around top 50 cricketers of the country, who called a strike until the demands are met

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan has termed the ongoing strike by the cricketers as a “conspiracy against Bangladesh cricket.” 

The BCB boss, in an hour-long press conference at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday did not however, address the 11-point demands that have been put forth by around top 50 cricketers of the country, who called a strike until the demands are met.

Nazmul pressed that most of the cricketers in the movement are not aware of the “conspiracy” that they are being used for and as far as the demands are concerned; most of it, except for the demands related to Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh, are already being taken care of by the BCB. 

The general feeling of a majority, following the press meet, was that the situation has been made more complicated.

“This is conspiracy against Bangladesh cricket and this had started with the arrest of a BCB director [Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan linked to crackdown on illegal gambling in Dhaka]. People from outside the board tried to use it as an agenda against the board. They even complained to the International Cricket Council and tried to get BCB suspended like it had happened to Zimbabwe,” claimed BCB president Nazmul.

“They [the conspirators] were not successful in that so now they have gone against the board using the cricketers. The BCB is now having to answer to ICC, Asian Cricket Council and many others because the cricketers had not come to us with the complains rather, went to the media directly. They have been successful in tarnishing Bangladesh cricket’s image,” the BCB chief added.

Nazmul had come to the press meet along with a good number of board directors following an emergency meeting held in the afternoon. 

But through the long press conference, the BCB supremo nowhere mentioned calling the cricketers back to the field and rather left it for the cricketers to decide.

The strike by the cricketers has put the ongoing National Cricket League on hold and also diluted the future of Bangladesh team’s tour of India in November. 

The national camp for Bangladesh’s maiden full-series tour of India is scheduled to begin from Thursday.

“We could have easily accepted if the cricketers came to us with the demands. But they did not do that. They did not give us the opportunity rather, took the direct decision to boycott from all activities. I think this is a part of a big conspiracy,” said Nazmul.

“Just look at the timing, right ahead of a major tour like India. There is chance that this is not a genuine movement but a conspiracy. I do not think all the players have become a part of it with total understanding. There might be one or two players who are aware of the conspiracy and want to destroy Bangladesh cricket and, we will soon find them out and reveal them,” said the BCB president.

When asked about the future of the NCL and national team’s preparation camp for the India tour, Nazmul did not give any clear indication but left it to the cricketers to decide and emphasized that there is no reason for the BCB to bring changes in the schedule of the activities. 

The BCB president emphasized that cricketers should communicate with the board in order to resolve the issues. 

The cricketers have not established any communication with the board.

“They will come [to the field] if they want to. It is not my decision given the fact that most of their demands are work in progress. There is no one point which the board is not aware of or was not taking care of,” said Nazmul.

“I simply do not find any reason for them to stop playing cricket. Solution can be found to every issue but for that, they have to come to us. They still have not communicated with the board. When we tried calling, they did not answer our phone calls,” the BCB boss added.

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