Emergency meeting scheduled for August 1 July 31, 2007

Interim Bangladesh boss extends selectors' contracts

Cricinfo staff

Major-General Sina Ibn Jamali, head of the interim Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), has extended the contracts of the country's selectors by a month. Though an emergency meeting has been scheduled for August 1, Jamali took the decision to give Faruque Ahmed and Athar Ali Khan until August 31 in order to name Bangladesh's Twenty20 World Championship and National Academy squads.

Jamali, the chief of general staff of the army, was briefed by Mahmudur Rahman, the BCB's CEO, on the current situation. Among the priorities of the new leadership is appointing a new coach and physiotherapist.

"I met the president this morning to inform him about the situation and he asked me to call an emergency board meeting on August 1. There are a number of pressing issues right now and there is a need for a quick decision about the two selectors," Rahman told The Daily Star. "Our president has agreed to extend the two selectors' tenure because we have hardly any time to make a new committee ahead of the ICC's deadline (August 11) for the final squad for the Twenty20 meet. The most important thing is that now the new committee will not get enough time to think about the new selection panel."

Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, a former Bangladesh captain and one of the members on the ad-hoc committee, added: "I think it's a good decision and now the new board will get enough time for taking decision about the selection panel".

Rahman said that Jamali expressed interest in the national team and the Twenty20 World Championship. However, he did not have any details on the developments in the search for a new coach. "Everything is not clear to me about the coach selection process," he said. "We all know there is a shortlist and the board was supposed to invite the coaches for their presentations from the last week of this month but everything has now changed."

As for the standing committees, Rahman said there was no clear guideline in the constitution as to whether they would be abolished once the board was dissolved.