Former Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Saber Hossain Chowdhury made sensational claims on Twitter lambasting the state of sport in the country. Chowdhury alleged that the BCB promotes institutionalised match-fixing and corruption. The Bangladesh cricket team including seniors players like Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushftqur Rahim has gone on a strike against the board protesting for their demands to be fulfilled.
The Bangladeshi players have forwarded an 11-point agenda to the BCB which include demands for payment parity between international and domestic players, better match fees and the reversal of the board's decision to abolish the franchise-based model in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The players have decided against taking part in cricketing activities until their demands are met.
Supporting the players, Chowdhury in a tweet said he himself brought up issues of corruption and match-fixing on several occasions during his time as the BCB chief. "BCBtigers is the only national sporting body in the world that promotes institutionalised match-fixing, corruption, Unbelievable!! Flagged this issue many times myself," he tweeted.
The protest from players has started just days before Bangladesh's tour of India which is scheduled to start next month. Bangladesh will play three T20Is and two Test matches in India starting from November 3. However, clouds of uncertainties hover over the tour after the Bangladesh players made it clear that they will not be returning to cricket until their demands are fulfilled, in a press conference organised by them on Monday.
BCB President Nazmul Hassan, however, claimed that the team's tour of India will go on as per schedule. He alleged that a conspiracy is being hatched to bring a bad name to cricket in Bangladesh.
"I hope that the camp will go on. The India series will take place. I believe that most of the players want to play. They want cricket to develop. I don't believe that they will bring the country's cricket into disrepute due to a small sum of money. But we will see what happens," said Hassan.