Cricketers return to practice today


The unrest in Bangladesh cricket ended Wednesday night as the authorities reached to an understanding with the national team players who went on an indefinite strike since Monday to press their 11-point demand. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) sat with the players and successfully reached an agreement through negotiation fulfilling nine of the 11 initial demands made by the cricketers. During the negotiation, BCB assured the players to fulfill all of the demands in quickest possible time.

After the uncertainty over the national team’s upcoming India tour was cleared, cricketers since yesterday shifted their focus to the upcoming bilateral series and the National Cricket League (NCL). The strike dilemma of cricketers put the country’s cricketers on standstill. The all-important India series, which is scheduled for next month, was in doubt only two days ago. On Wednesday morning, everything seemed to be moving in the wrong direction as the players added two more demands to their list and sent it to the board for consideration.

The BCB officials, however, seemed adamant to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. In the end, they managed to do it successfully.
As a result, cricket is set to resume with the National Cricket League (NCL) starting from tomorrow (Saturday), while the national team players will participate in the preparation camp for the upcoming India series that is scheduled to start from today (Friday) at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

The Tigers will take on the Indians in two Test matches and three T20Is. In a Test match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 22 , Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to watch the match together. One of the biggest reason why this strike movement led to a successful outcome was the united spirit of the cricketers. They didn’t gave up under any pressure and was adamant to reach their goals. Now, this attitude is also needed in the field of cricket, this determination and team spirit can certainly help Bangladesh cricket to reach new heights.