Bangladesh’s cricketers have ended their protest for better pay and benefits after most of their demands were met by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). Following lengthy discussions between the players led by T20 and Test captain Shakib Al Hasan and the board’s top brass, it has been decided that the players will resume participation in the domestic National Cricket League and go ahead with the India tour.
"Today we are happy. We can say how satisfied we are when these assurances will be implemented. Till now, I am happy. The board promised to resolve all the matters one by one very soon. I hope they will do it in the quickest possible time,” Shakib said.
Issues raised by the players ranged from increased salaries for first-class players, improved sporting infrastructure and training facilities and a return to a franchise-based model of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The demand relating to the Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) has not been met yet with the BCB requiring time to ponder over it.