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India tour in doubt as Bangladesh players go on strike

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s professional cricketers – including several members of the national squad – went on strike Monday to call for better pay and benefits. The protest, announced by national Test and Twenty20 captain Shakib Al Hasan, could also put next month’s tour of India
in jeopardy.
“Unless our demands are met we will not get involved in any cricketing activities,” said Al Hasan, flanked by former and current national players, at a press conference in Dhaka. “It includes everything -- first-class cricket, national team preparations, (and) international cricket.”
The industrial action is significant in cricket-mad Bangladesh, where national players are idolised. (AFP)

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