The boycott of all cricketing activities by the national and first-class cricketers of Bangladesh has put the national team’s tour of India in jeopardy. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has said that the tour will go on accordingly.
The BCB chief vehemently attacked the players during a press conference today and said that the players will not bring the country’s cricket into disrepute because of a few thousand taka.
The Tigers are scheduled to start their preparation camp for the tour of India on the 24th of October (Thursday). “Obviously I hope that the camp will go on. The India series will take place. I believe that most of the players want to play. They want cricket to develop. I don’t believe that they will bring the country’s cricket into disrepute due to a small sum of five thousand taka. But we will see what happens," he said.
The third round of the National Cricket League (NCL) begins on October 24th and if the board fails to resolve their issues with the board, the third round will not begin. The board president was more inclined to find out who wanted to pull out of the India tour.
“Play won’t happen. What I want to see and know first is who goes to play and who doesn’t. Whether they will go to camp or not. First, I have to know who is trying to jeopardize the India tour. I have to know what the real problem is or else there will other problems a few days later.
The president had talked about conspiracy from time to time during the press conference today. He felt that the timing of this uprising from the players, especially ahead of the India series, indicated that something sinister was going on. “This is our full series in India after getting Test status. When I came to the board, in the first two meetings I heard that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe’s Test status are going to be taken away. The timing of the strike being called and boycotting camp when the Test Championship is beginning with Bangladesh also in there, I don’t think anyone failed to understand what is actually going on,” Nazmul said.