BCB president accuses players trying to sabotage India Tour

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, Nazmul Hasan, said players have attempted to sabotage their team’s upcoming tour in India, insisting that more players are expected to withdraw last minute.

The ongoing turmoil between BCB and players was resolved after the board officials agreed to almost all of the cricketers’ demands.

Top cricketers went on strike last Monday insisting they would not take part in any activity if their demands are not met.

“I am saying that I had information that this was a conspiracy to sabotage the India tour, then you should believe me,” Hasan told reporters.

Bangladesh took a huge blow when their veteran batsman, Tamim Iqbal, backed out on the upcoming India tour, as his wife is delivering their second born. Hasan said Iqbal agreed to skip only one Test and after which withdrawn from the entire tour.

“Tamim had initially told me he will only skip the second Test (in Kolkata from November 22-26) for the birth of his second child. However after the meeting with players, Tamim told me he wants to opt out of whole tour. I asked him ‘why so?’ but he was adamant,” Hasan said.

He then followed up that few more will opt out of the tour. “I won’t be surprised if someone else pulls out at the eleventh hour and then we would be left with no other options. I have called Shakib (Al Hasan) to have a chat. Now if he also pulls out, where do I even find a captain? I might have to change whole combination. What do I even do with these players?” he continued.

“I speak to them every day. They didn’t even intimate me before calling a strike. I feel that it was a mistake on my part to have agreed to their demands. I should have never done that,” he added.