Players seek revenue share ahead of meeting with board

Two days after the players' show of solidarity at a press conference, things are already looking up

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
Mashrafe has usually laughed the criticism away

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In what could be seen as a positive development towards resumption of cricketing activities in Bangladesh, the striking players are to meet on Wednesday night. This after Mashrafe Mortaza was reportedly appointed by Sheikh Hasina, the country's prime minister, to resolve the impasse. The players will demand a share of the board's revenue, which is the norm in most countries, and also pay parity for women cricketers. A pension scheme through the professional players' association they want to form to replace the CWAB - the current players' body - is also among the demands.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury had said that they expected to sit with the striking players at around 5pm on Wednesday, with a breakthrough expected in the impasse. "After the media conference last evening, I spoke to a senior player who told me that they would get back to us at any time after discussing among themselves. We expect to sit with them at 5pm today," said Chowdhury, in a press briefing at noon on Wednesday.
Local daily Samakal quoted BCB director Mahbubul Anam saying the prime minister also asked Mashrafe about the crisis. "She wanted to know the latest about cricket's situation," he said. Then she asked Mashrafe to tell the players to return to the field."
It isn't known yet if Mashrafe has already contacted the players, but all indications are that the motion is heading towards a positive outcome.
On Tuesday night, the BCB agreed to one of the key demands made by the players - to bring back the Dhaka Premier League's club transfer system - following a meeting of the Dhaka league committee.
While the striking players have already missed the start of the fitness and conditioning camp on Wednesday, ahead of November's tour of India., ESPNcricinfo understands that more such agreements from the BCB are on the way.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84