Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan and Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) President Naimur Rahman have met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today as the board try to put an end to a strike called by top national cricketers ahead of the national team's tour of India next month and the third round of the National Cricket League from Thursday.
Around 50 of the country's top cricketers, including national stars Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad, placed an 11-point demand during a press conference on October 21 and announced a boycott of cricket-related activities if the demands were not met.
One of the demands was that the leadership of CWAB step down immediately.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury had announced earlier today that the board would be available to discuss the matter with the cricketers from 5:00pm today. After the BCB president returned to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from Gono Bhaban, BCB media communications chairman Jalal Yunus told reporters in Mirpur that the board are willing to wait even later for the cricketers.
The cricketers, meanwhile, have called a press conference for 6:00 pm at a Gulshan hotel.
"The board president and Naimur Rahman have returned from Gono Bhaban after meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," Jalal said in the afternoon today. "Other BCB directors are also here, and they are all waiting for the cricketers. The door is open and we will wait for the cricketers until the evening.
"If the cricketers let us know that they are coming, then we will wait for them past evening time. We are letting the players know about this again through the media."