In a major development ahead of the upcoming India vs Bangladesh T20I series, Bangladesh's cricketers had announced on Monday, October 21, that they will not be taking part in any cricketing activity for the foreseeable future until their demands regarding the development of the sport are met. According to a report, the demands were read by Naeem Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, with 50-plus cricketers behind them. The players who had gone on a boycott released a list of 11 demands on Monday, including a reversal of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) decision last month to abandon the Bangladesh Premier League's (BPL) franchise-based model. Now, things seem to have taken a u-turn.
As per sources, the Bangladesh cricketers have ended their strike on Wednesday, October 23, after they mentioned that most of their demands were met by the authorities which include a pay hike for domestic first-class players. Bangladesh's star all-rounder and the skipper of their Test and T20I sides Shakib Al Hasan went on to say that the talk was successful. In fact, the veteran all-rounder had played an instrumental role in the strike. He had clarified that once all the demands are fulfilled, players will be back on duty at all levels of the game in the country. If the reports are to be believed then Shakib has said that the players' demands have been heard by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President and Directors and they have also been assured that the concerned authorities will meet them as soon as possible. The veteran cricketer then added that it was on the basis of this assurance from the BCB that their first-class players will start playing from Saturday while their national team players will join the camp (for India tour) from October 25.
The Bangladesh Cricket Team will be touring India for a bilateral series next month. Both teams will be playing three T20Is and two Test matches from November 3 to 26. Meanwhile, this will also be the first instance where Bangladesh will be playing a T20I series and a full Test series in India. The Test series will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship.