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Mayhem in Bangladesh after corruption claims by former BCB chief
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Mayhem in Bangladesh after corruption claims by former BCB chief

If the players' strike issue wasn't enough to burden the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) woes, a former Bangladesh cricket chief's claims of match-fixing have worsened the crisis. 

Former BCB president Saber Hossain Chowdhury has opened a new Pandora's box by claiming that the BCB is rife with corruption.

Saber, who has worked as a British-educated lawyer, businessman, and is now serving as a member of parliament, wields significant power in the country so one would assume his assertion carries weight.

"@BCBtigers is only national sporting body in the world that promotes institutionalised #matchfixing, #corruption," he claimed in his tweet, adding: "Unbelievable!!"

"Flagged this issue many times myself," he remarked.

Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan brought the corruption in cricket subject to light and then informed the media about many players' decision to go on strike for better remuneration and incentives.

The ongoing crisis has put the upcoming Bangladesh tour of India in jeopardy but Sourav Ganguly, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is confident that the tour will go ahead as planned.  

Shakib described the dismal state of affairs at BCB: "We all know the sorry state of our first, second and third division cricket."

"A lot of the times we know which team will win and which team will lose before the match starts," said Shakib during his blunt analysis.

The protest comes after a widely held belief among Bangladesh cricketers that the BCB is not sharing the immense wealth with the entire cricket fraternity in the country. First-class cricketers and coaches have demanded a pay hike similar to foreign hires and an overall better service structure. 

Some major demands of players include 50% pay raise in first-class cricket, increase in national pay contracts, rise in match fees and better payout for support staff.

This is not the first time that corruption allegations have surfaced. Back in 2014 during Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), there were numerous allegations of match-fixing and corruption as the league was suspended intermittently in its first few editions. 

In 2017, the central industry for cricket in Bangladesh banned a bowler for a decade after he darted a barrage of wides and no balls and was found guilty of losing the match intentionally.

Another similar case caught public attention during the Dhaka League Second Division game in which Lalmatia bowler speared 13 wides and three no-balls in the very first over that all went to the boundary, leaking 80 runs in the end.

It remains to be seen how the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) reacts to this impending crisis after an apparent lack of effective clampdown - as we continue to see similar corruption charges making headlines.