Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan on Tuesday was extremely critical of the players boycott, terming it a conspiracy to undermine Bangladesh cricket but gave no clear indication of the BCB’s next move.
BCB held an emergency meeting in Mirpur on Tuesday after the national and first-class cricketers’ shocking announcement to boycott all cricket-related activities until their 11 demands are met.
The board president showed no leniency towards the cricketers’ demands, claiming that the whole movement was part of a conspiracy to disrupt cricket in Bangladesh.
‘I don’t believe they are doing it for money. There may be some other reason, part of a plan, a conspiracy to destabilize cricket,’ said Nazmul at an impromptu press-conference in Mirpur.
‘There is a conspiracy going on to destabilize Bangladesh cricket, some of you also know about it. Everyone in the government is also aware of it. We also know that who are doing this,’ he added.
Nazmul claimed that this conspiracy against the country’s cricket governing body has been in motion since the arrest of BCB director Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan during the casino drive.
The BCB president felt that this boycott was the conspirators’ latest attempt to humiliate BCB in front of the International Cricket Council.
‘There is a big conspiracy brewing against country’s cricket. It began after one BCB director [Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan] was arrested. Outsiders tried to exploit this incident. They complained to the ICC, and tried to suspend our board like Zimbabwe.
‘When they failed to do so, they began their second phase using our cricketers. After the cricketers called for the strike in front of media we had to answer to the ICC, ACC and all other organisations. So they were successful in their attempt to distort our image,’ he said.
Despite claiming to be absolutely certain of the conspiracy, Nazmul didn’t disclose any conspirators’ names and also didn’t clarify the board’s next step of action.
On Monday, members of Bangladesh national cricket team and senior domestic players announced the boycott with stalwarts like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Test and Twenty20 skipper Sakib al Hasan and a number of senior first-class players making the announcement.
Nazmul still felt that most players were taking part in the strike because of outer influence and claimed to know which players initiated this movement, but again didn’t name them.
‘Why they are not asking me when they know they would get what they want. Everything has a reason. I don’t think all players are doing it consciously, maybe one or two players are aware of it. Others are doing it without proper knowledge.
‘If there is any one in the national team who is trying to destroy Bangladesh cricket, we will definitely find them. The whole plan was made by one or two players. We will reveal everything soon,’ said Nazmul.
This sudden movement has created a roadblock before Bangladesh’s impending three-match Twenty20 and two-Test series in India in November, leaving the future of the tour uncertain.
The national team was supposed to begin their camp for the India tour from October 25 and the series is scheduled to begin about a week later with the first T20I match.
Nazmul claimed that the India series and the preceding camp will take place as scheduled, even if the players don’t revoke their strike, but again didn’t specify how they were going to form the national team without any first-class players.
‘If the players don’t want to play they won’t. I don’t know how they would be benefitted from this. The camp will start after two days, if they want to come they will come, if they want to go they will go,’ Nazmul said.
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