Grameenphone is controlled by the Norwegian company Telenor which was the sponsor of Bangladesh Cricket Board during the period of 2009-2011. BCB President said that Board incurred huge losses after the company signed players individually instead of bidding to become the team sponsor in 2015 when a rival operator won the deal. This was the reason that players were barred from signing agreement with any telecom company individually.
Earlier in 2012 also Shakib was suspended from all cricket for six months. The board did not grant him NOC to play in overseas competitions until the end of 2015 on charges of misbehaviour.
Shakib led a players’ strike on Monday for reinstating the franchise system in the Bangladesh Premier League and improvement in salary structure of the players. BCB accepted most of the demands of the players after which the players withdrew their strike.