September 24, 2008

Bangladesh cricket

A Bermuda triangle for Dhaka Warriors

Nishi Narayanan

Aftab Ahmed, Tapash Baisya and Habibul Bashar, members of ICL's newest team, the Dhaka Warriors, were part of Bangladesh's historic win over Australia in Cardiff. In his Guardian blog Dileep Premachandran looks back at that match three years ago and the situation now where the players have been handed a ten-year ban by the Bangladesh board.

If Bangladesh's cricket administrators have their way, these players — Aftab is 23 and Baisya 25 — will disappear into a Bermuda Triangle-like void. The administrators are enthusiastic followers of the Indian board's zero-tolerance policy towards the ICL, and there have been noises from Dhaka in recent days about how the 10-year ban handed down to 13 players is in the "best interests of Bangladeshi cricket"... Little has been heard on the subject since, and it's a matter of shame that the biggest names in the sport haven't moved a muscle to come to the aid of their fellow professionals. Like certain footballers who are "horrified" at being offered contracts worth only $110,000 a week, they appear more than content to don the commercial greasepaint and sit on their millions.


Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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