The new head of BCCI and cricketing legend Sourav Ganguly is confident that the series against Bangladesh will proceed smoothly despite ongoing strikes. Bangladesh’s senior-most cricketers went on a strike and made a list of 11 demands they seek from the cricket board before they step out on the field again. Bangladesh is supposed to play three T20Is and two Tests in India beginning November 3rd.
“It’s an internal matter, they will sort it out. No, no, they’ll come,” Ganguly said on Tuesday (October 22). “We [he and the BCB president Nazmul Hassan] speak every other day, but this [the strike] is not my job.”
“We will write now to the Bangladesh board – Bangladesh’s first Test was with India, so we want to invite those players [who played the match]. And I will write, as the BCCI president as and when I get elected, to players of that team. The Indian players too. So we will do a felicitation when the game [day’s play] finishes,” Ganguly said.
Meanwhile, Mashrafe Mortaza, who wasn’t present at the press conference, has thrown his weight behind the players.
“I have been asked several times why I wasn’t present with the cricketers. I think it is best to ask the players. I wasn’t aware of this movement. Definitely, this was in discussion, and they were making preparations. The first I heard about their strike was when I saw their press conference,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“I have always been with cricketers and if I had known about their plan, I would have been with them. I have questioned myself why I wasn’t made aware. But it is more important than their 11-point demands are met. All of their demands are fair, and necessary for the betterment of cricket and cricketers.”
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