Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 17 November 2019

India cricket chief Sourav Ganguly confident Bangladesh tour of India will go ahead

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expected to attend Kolkata Test next month

Newly elected president of the Indian cricket board Sourav Ganguly attends a press conference in Mumbai. AP
Newly elected president of the Indian cricket board Sourav Ganguly attends a press conference in Mumbai. AP

The Indian cricket board is confident that Bangladesh will go ahead with their planned tour of the country despite an ongoing player strike, newly elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday.

Top Bangladesh players, led by captain Shakib Al Hasan, are on an indefinite strike and have put forth a list of 11 demands including better pay for players and support staff.

The discontinuation of the franchise model in the Bangladesh Premier League resulted in a substantial reduction in player salaries this season, which has not gone down well with the players.

The Tigers are set to travel to India for a tour that begins on November 3 and includes three T20 Internationals and two Tests. Bangladesh announced a 15-man T20 squad last week with Shakib set to lead the team.

Former India captain Ganguly, who hails from the Indian state of West Bengal, said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has confirmed her presence at Eden Gardens in Kolkata for the second Test.

"Two days ago, I spoke to the honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh and she has agreed to come and visit for the Test match when India play Bangladesh on November 22," Ganguly was quoted as saying by Reuters.

"I'm sure when the Prime Minister has given consent, I don't see the national team not turning up. But at the end of the day it's their decision, it's their internal matter where we do not have any say or we should not have any say."

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said the board was open to discussions but criticised the players and said the board will try to find out who instigated the strike.

Updated: October 23, 2019 05:01 PM

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