Bangladesh cricketers call off strike after reaching deal
Bangladesh’s cricket players have agreed to call off a strike after reaching a deal with the country’s governing body over improved pay packages.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board said Wednesday it had agreed to most of the players’ demands, after they put forth an 11-point list on Monday and said they would not play until those were met.
“We have no problem to comply with what the players want,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said after an emergency meeting with players.
However, two additional demands that were put forth earlier Wednesday — including a larger share of the BCB’s revenues — were not approved.
The resolution means Bangladesh’s tour of India, which is set to start on Nov. 3, will go ahead as planned. The third round of the National Cricket League (NCL), the country’s traditional first class tournament, was pushed back two days to Saturday.
Bangladesh test captain Shakib Al Hasan, who led the players in discussion with the board, said he was happy with the outcome.
“The board promised to resolve all the matters one by one very soon,” Shakib said. “I hope they will do it in quickest possible time.”
Credit : Associated Press (AP)