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POST TIME: 23 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 October, 2019 10:19:58 PM
Mash backs cricketers’ demands
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

Mash backs cricketers’ demands

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, skipper of the national one-day international (ODI) cricket team, said he did not know about the players’ strike that has caused a stir in the cricket fraternity here.

On Monday, cricketers at both international and domestic levels called a strike to press for their 11-point charter of demands placed before the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). They made the announcement at a press meet.

But Mashrafe's absence at the press briefing raised questions among many cricket lovers.

The ODI captain cleared the air later that night through a Facebook post. He wrote: “Many of you asked why I wasn't there on such an important day for cricket in the country. I think you had better ask the players that question instead of me. I wasn't aware of any of the steps. Obviously, they were dealing with the matter for a few days, but I had no idea

about that. I got to know everything  through their press conference.”

In a post that drew 100,000 likes, 8,500 comments, and 5,200 shares at the time of filing this report, Mashrafe said: “I have always supported players when they demanded anything. This time, too, there is no exception. Of course, I would have been there with the players had I been informed about the matter.”

He also said that he did not know why he had not been informed about the strike.

Mashrafe, who played 36 tests, 217 ODIs, and 54 T20 matches for the national team, expressed solidarity with the cricketers and declared his support for the 11-point demand. “The implementation of the demands is far more important than my presence at the press conference,” he said.

The skipper also said that the demands are fair and necessary to ensure the welfare of the country’s players.