Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of India was on Monday thrown into jeopardy after their national team players refused to participate in any cricketing activity until their demands, including a hike in salary, are met.
India responded with a guarded statement, calling Bangladesh’s internal matter.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will wait and watch the developments closely. This is an internal matter of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and until and unless we hear from them, there is no need for us to make any comments,” a senior BCCI functionary told PTI.
However, many in the Indian cricket board feel that President-elect Sourav Ganguly’s cordial relations with both players and officials in Bangladesh cricket might help in salvaging the situation.
“There is a Test match in Kolkata which will certainly generate a lot of interest among the Bangladesh fans keeping the local connect in mind. A lot of fans are expected to travel from Dhaka and it’s surrounding towns to watch the match, a first in Kolkata,” another BCCI official said.