Bangladesh’s Tour Of India In Doubt As Players Go On Strike

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Bangladesh’s tour of India, starting from November 3, has come under doubt as Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan says players will not participate in cricketing activities unless demands are met. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) implemented a rule under which every Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team must include at least one leg-spinner in their playing eleven. The BCB even suspended head coaches of two teams for not following the order. Test and T20 captain Shakib-Al-Hasan feels this rule will suppress the cricketers.

“For so many years we couldn’t select a leg-spinner for the senior team, but suddenly we made plans to include seven legspinners in the BPL. This decision does come as a bit of a surprise, but I would still state that the board has taken a decision that it thinks is good.

“I think that leg-spinners should bowl a lot of overs in first-class cricket to gain confidence and consistency. The BPL is an international-standard competitive tournament where you will face scenarios that you are likely to face in international cricket. You share the dressing room with overseas cricketers. It is not the place to make a player,” Shakib was quoted as saying by Bengali daily Samakal.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India, starting from November 3, which will be followed by a two-Test series slated to begin from November 14.


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