The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-elect Sourav Ganguly has stressed that he was confident of Bangladesh’s tour of India going ahead as per schedule despite the uncertainties borne out of an ongoing strike.
Bangladesh’s top cricketers went on strike and released a list of 11 demands to be fulfilled by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) before they would step back onto the field. The side is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests in India from November 3.
“It’s an internal matter, they will sort it out. No, no, they’ll come,” Ganguly said on Tuesday. “We [he and BCB president Nazmul Hassan] speak every other day, but this [the strike] is not my job.”
Grand plans were put in motion ahead of the second Test in Kolkata, for which Ganguly has invited Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“We will write now to the Bangladesh board - Bangladesh’s first Test was with India, so we want to invite those players [who played the match]. And I will write, as the BCCI president as and when I get elected, to players of that team. The Indian players too. So we will do a felicitation when the game [day’s play] finishes,” Ganguly said.