Local players boycott cricket in Sylhet

Local cricketers have decided to boycott all types of professional cricket in Sylhet after their demand to include relegation system in the Sylhet league was not fulfilled by the organisers.

The Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) in Sylhet had a meeting with the Sylhet District Sports Association but since the decision remained unchanged, the players decided to boycott all types of professional cricket in Sylhet.

A total of 10 teams take part in the Sylhet league, and those teams are divided into two groups. According to the players, they wanted round robin league system where teams will face each other once along with a relegation system.

Former national cricketer and the president of the Sylhet CWAB and Sylhet Cricket Association, Enamul Haque Jr, expressed his anger while talking to The Daily Star on Monday.

"Our demand was to have a round robin league and to bring back the relegation system as it was in the past or else we won't take part in the league. Not just the league, we also boycott the District Champions League in Sylhet. We will meet the District Commissioner tomorrow and will also protest through a human chain. We are hoping that our guardian Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel bhai will take necessary steps to resolve this situation," said Enamul.

However, Sylhet District Sports Association's general secretary Mohiuddin Ahmed informed that the league will take place on time since they have already announced the schedule.

"We have already announced the schedule of the league which is set to begin from February 16. If they don't want to play, it's their decision," said Mohiuddin.