ICC revamp January 30, 2014

BCB promises Big Three series


BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said that Bangladesh will play against India, England and Australia in the next two years. He hopes to sign the Members Participation Agreements (MPA) by February 8 with the three countries to confirm the tours.

"We will be in a better position than others," Nazmul said. "We haven't been to India in 14 years. We will go there to play Tests, they will come here too. We will go to England; Australia will come here."

The statement was followed by a round of applause from the BCB directors and councillors who were at the press conference room in Mirpur.

Hassan continued by saying that Test cricket was his main concern, and that the three boards in question had asked the BCB for a slot, which will be sent within the next three days. He believes that the MPA will help ensure teams don't pull out of Tests when they have earlier committed to a number of matches.

"Our main issues were playing Tests. How we are going to solve this? Some of them gave dates, whether we will go or they'll come. We hope to sign them by February 8. They asked us for our time. We will let them know our possible slots in the next three days. One thing is for sure, there will be more cricket. Within two years, we hope to play against everyone.

"FTP didn't have a legal basis. Now, there will be a Members Participation Agreement, which is enforceable by law, despite what anyone says or does now. What they are trying to say is that [they will be protected], for example, if a team wants to play just two Tests when they were supposed to play five. Then the TV broadcasters will take me to court for not playing five Tests. The MPA will come into force now to stop this."

Hassan rejected PCB chief Zaka Ashraf's claim that four boards - BCB, PCB, SLC and CSA - were going to ask for a delay on the draft proposals becoming resolutions. He added that since the ICC press release had been sent out with the phrase "unanimous support", all nations were in agreement.

"We were not in any alliance. I said in the meeting that if my trouble doesn't go away, I am not with anyone. If the trouble goes away, I am with everyone. This was my strategy. We have also asked for time, like the other three. We have opposed on a specific point.

"It is unanimous by all ten [members]. It is a press release; nobody has objected to that. We gave our objection to remove this thing [the proposed two-tier system]."

Hassan said that due to news in the Bangladesh media after BCB's January 23 meeting that the board directors would support the Big Three, he had trouble convincing the ICC board members that he was going to debate some of the proposals.

He confirmed that there was indeed a vote among the BCB directors at that meeting, but on whether Bangladesh will side with the majority in the ICC meeting or not. Eight votes are required by the ICC to pass a special resolution like the one proposed by the Big Three.

"There was voting on one aspect. If, for instance, in the ICC meeting seven votes go in favour of the draft proposal, and two go against, whether we should still vote to pass the resolution or not. What should we do in that situation? The directors raised their hands, but I didn't count it. The ones who raised their hands said that I should do what I feel is best for the country. Three of the directors said I should oppose."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Once ICC is revamped,Bangladesh will eventually end up in the 3rd Tier Playing against NEPAL.Good Luck,wait and see.

  • A on January 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Fact -Big 3 cannot be trusted exclusively to have the best interest of the other nations. I am not happy at BCB's decision here - they should oppose and collude with the other 3 and show collective power!!! Short-term gains is only short-term, how difficult is that to understan? We are doing exactly what they want us to do - we are digging our own trap.

  • farah on January 31, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    If one analyzes BD's position realistically, what they are doing makes sense for their benefit. If the two tier test plan gets implemented BD will be slotted with Ireland, Afghanistan and other associates and with these teams being better, BD will never be able to get back into the main / big league again. However by voting for the proposal their test status remain intact. What else they can ask for.

  • Abdul on January 31, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    @ dabbadubba Overcome Pakistan? Should I laugh or cry on this naive comment? At the moment Afghanistan is about to supersede Bangladesh in T20 ranking. You should be more concerned about it before thinking about big teams

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    @criclover....from your point of BD performance, i must tell you i think you are out of the cricket world. If you are in this earth then tell me in last two years, can you please tell me how many matches BD team lost in ODI format with any team??. BD won series against WDIES, whitewashed newzeland 2 times, beat india several times, Srilanka several times. I am just talking about last 2 years. India got their success in test cricket after 20 years and you are tired to count 14 years about BD. The main problem is when people come in a better position then simply forget about past and started thinking themselves as superior. Just wait and see about BD cricket teams' .....

  • Muhammad on January 31, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    The ultimate solution to get back the so called Big 3 on earth is that CSA, PCB and SLC should bycot world cup t20 2014.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Greed is going to kill cricket. That sum's up the whole story.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    What's up with Bangladesh wanting to tour India? I have read many Bangladeshis argue that they never toured India. But India have toured them many times. And when India tours them, they get to keep all the broadcasting moneys and also earn from ticket sales. Why were they pressing for the tour to India? Any ideas anyone?

  • Pundit on January 31, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Divide and rule is thriving and doing well. Surprising that India is the leading exponent of this now. The so called big 3 might be big financially but they are morally bankrupt. ECB and BCCI should be focussing in improving there playing standards which cannot do despite hue money at their disposal. During last summer I saw Pakistan u 19 inflict heavy damage on England u19 in alien conditions.,most of the boys come form very humble ground and demolished their counterparts who are big financially and have lot of support staff including physiologists, dietitians etc yet they could. to win.....talent and skill,supersedes being big!!

  • Farrukh on January 31, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    keeping in view the Indian teams performance out side india no one should play with them expect money matter dose attract other nation thats it....i knew it will happened one day.....

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