Around three months ago, Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve the glory of being a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club Committee. The first meeting of the newly formed committee has been held in Sydney on 9th and 10th of January this year. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বেতন বৈষম্য কমানোর আহবান জানিয়েছেন সাকিব]
On joining the meeting, the world number one all-rounder has foretold bad premonitions for cricket in the coming future.
Shakib Al Hasan said, “The future generation cricketers in the country do not set Test cricket as their goal; rather they prefer to play the shortest version of cricket. This is happening because T20 cricket offers plentiful financial benefits comparing to Test cricket.”
A significant amount of time in the meeting was spent to discuss the disproportion of pecuniary benefits in different levels of cricket.
Former Australian Ricky Ponting, consenting with Shakib Al Hasan said, “Shakib exampled with several events and troubles of Bangladesh cricket that has long been continued. He also suggested that International Cricket Council has to put control upon the monetary flow in cricket. Perhaps large amount of money drifts where it is to go but doesn’t reach up to cricketers, who knows.”
Financial benefits received by cricketers among Test playing nations contain huge differences. In last fiscal year, Australian captain Steven Smith earned USD1.5 million while Shakib Al Hasan earned USD1 lac 40 thousand. Only Graeme Cremer of Zimbabwe earned less than the Bangladeshi all-rounder.