Bangladeshi cricketers who are boycotting the game made a list of demands on Wednesday that includes a share of the board’s revenue. Supreme Court lawyer Mustafizur Rahman Khan read out a list of 13 demands on behalf of the Bangladeshi cricketers at a press conference.
“Arrangements will have to be made where professional cricketers are given a fair share of the revenue generated by BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board), which, after all, is made possible through the toil and performance of professional cricketers,” said Rahman said.
Bangladesh national and first-class players decided to go on a strike on Monday after asking for better pay and benefits. National Test and Twenty20 captain Shakib Al Hasan, also one of the world’s finest all-rounders led the protests.
There is severe criticism that the BCB was not sharing its wealth among the cricketers.
Their demands include a 50 percent pay hike for first-class players, the expansion of national pay contracts, increased match fees in domestic four-day and 50-over games, and better benefits for grounds staff.
The BCB’s president Nazmul Hassan termed the boycott as a “conspiracy”.
The strike comes just weeks before Bangladesh are due to play three Twenty20 internationals and two Tests in India next month. BCB president Hassan said on Tuesday the tour will go ahead despite the players’ strike.