The dominant feeling among cricket lovers was one of sadness that the dream of one day becoming a force in Test cricket was slipping away. The Big Three's controversial draft proposal has been at the centre of discussion in the country's cricket circle for the last few days but a shockwave ran through the cricket community after the disclosure that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) directors voted 20-3 in favour of supporting the draft proposal. The question that was on everyone's lips was: Why has the BCB taken this suicidal stance?
Frustration, anger and sadness dominated discussions in every nook and cranny. Why had even three former captains-turned-board directors voted in favour of this controversial proposal? Many directors however unofficially tried to explain their position but their explanations only echoed the sentiment that emerged from their board president Nazmul Hassan Papon's official press conference on Thursday.
It was doubtless most frustrating for the players; the main stakeholders. But they were not in a position to comment on the issue. With the challenge in hand against Sri Lanka, the Tigers will be well advised to keep away from thinking about their Test future but that is easier said than done when there is a fear that if the proposal gets the nod in the next ICC meeting on 28-29 January it will bring about a massive upheaval in Bangladesh cricket.
Coach Shane Jurgensen however gave an impression of how this burning issue was playing a part ahead of the challenge of the coming series.
“I know we are not supposed to comment on this. Some of the guys have been talking about it. From a coaching perspective, we had a group chat in the morning today and decided to keep our focus on cricket. We have been working hard for the last 12 months to win a Test. We have drawn a few and now our aim is to win and we will go for that. All we can do right now is stop worrying about that and play five days of cricket,” said Shane Jurgensen.