I'll delete your number: BCB president Nazmul Hassan slams star cricketer
Bangladesh cricketers called of f their strike late on Wednesday (Reuters)
- Bangladesh players called off their strike on Wednesday after a meeting with the Board president
- However, 2 additional demands placed by the cricketers were not approved
- Bangladesh will play 2 Tests and 3 T20Is vs India starting on November 3
In good news for cricket fans, the upcoming T20I and Test series between India and Bangladesh has received the green light after the Bangladesh players called off their strike on Wednesday as their board chose to accept most of their demands. But the late-night peace deal wasn't struck without some drama of its own as BCB president Nazmul Hassan singled out country's all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz for some rough treatment before accepting that he had lost his temper.
As reported by ESPNcricinfo, at the start of the Wednesday meeting, extraordinary scenes were witnessed as Hassan shouted at Mehidy for not picking up his calls and threatened him by saying that he will delete his number.
"Miraz, what have I not done for you, and you didn't pick up my phone call? From today onwards, I will delete your number from my phone," shouted Hassan at the beginning of the meeting.
Hassan's outrage meant that the Bangladesh players who were quite vociferous with their demands for the past 2 days, were suddenly 'rattled' as one of them admitted to ESPNcricinfo on the condition of anonymity.
"The Miraz thing rattled us. The way the meeting began, it didn't leave us with much to say. Shakib [Al Hasan] managed to put forth our points but the rest of us simply didn't have the mentality to bargain.
"We were told that all of our demands were met, but there was no actual detail. This was quite confusing, as we wanted to know exactly by how much, for example, the NCL [National Cricket League] match fees will be increased. There was no clear direction," summed up the cricketer.
However, two additional demands that were put forth earlier Wednesday including a larger share of the BCB's revenues were not approved.
"We have no problem to comply with what the players want," Hassan said after the meeting with players.
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 the quickest possible time."