Saqlain Mushtaq, Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Credits - Getty)

Speculations are rife that the upcoming series between India and Bangladesh might get cancelled after the Bangladesh players went on a strike on Monday. The players have said that they would not take part in any cricket activity until their demands are addressed by their board. With not much time left in the series to start, there are apprehensions that the strike might jeopardise the contest.

However, BCCI President-elect Sourav Ganguly is confident that the series will go ahead as planned. The former India skipper is confident that the players will sort the issue with the board in time.

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“It is their internal matter, but they will sort out, they will come,” Ganguly said before adding: It is their internal matter. I speak to the BCB, but this doesn’t come under me.

The Bangladesh players were led by senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim. The players held a press-conference in Dhaka and put forward their demands. They made it clear that they would not take part in any cricket activity until and unless the board meets the demands.

Bangladesh players have gone on a strike (Credits: Twitter)

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Bangladesh are slated to play three T20 matches and a two-match Test series in India in November with the first T20I slated to begin on November 3 in Delhi. This will be Bangladesh’s second tour of India. They first visited India in 2017 for a solitary Test. India, meanwhile, are currently in action against South Africa.

India are just two wickets away from whitewashing South Africa for the first time in a Test series. Leading the three-match series 2-0, the hosts have all but sealed the ongoing third Test in Ranchi too. The beleaguered visitors were all out for just 162 after resuming their first innings on 9 for 2 on day three in reply to India’s 497-9 declared. Asked to follow-on, South Africa did not show much resistance in the second innings either and finished the day on a precarious 132 for 8.