Bangladesh news March 7, 2012

Akram Khan resigns as Bangladesh chief selector

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Bangladesh's chief selector Akram Khan has resigned from his post, citing interference from the board president in team selection. Akram's resignation comes a day after BCB president Mustafa Kamal rejected the inclusion of high-profile opener Tamim Iqbal, Akram's nephew, in the 14-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup.

"Tamim was in our team because he is one of the best batsmen we have," Akram told AFP. "But the president dropped him from the final list. His regular interference in team selection has made top players worried about their place in the national squad. I have resigned because I was not enjoying my job."

Akram had, last July, asked for a change in the selection procedure that would remove the stage of the selectors having to discuss the squad with the board's technical committee before giving it to the president for approval. That did not materialise and now Akram has said that the president himself is a hindrance to the selection process.

BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus confirmed Akram had resigned after eight months in the position. Akram was a former Bangladesh captain and one of the country's biggest cricketing names.

"We had a long discussion yesterday and whatever Nannu Bhai [Minhazul Abedin] and Sumon [Habibul Bashar] told me were logical," Akram told the media yesterday. "But ever since I became a selector 4-5 years ago, there were a lot of things that happened in regards to selection which made me unhappy.

"After I become the chief selector last year, there were problems from the beginning which I tried to settle and sometimes succeeded in doing so. I had to bear the brunt of such issues, so I decided that it is better to step down.

"The ACC tells us to give a 15-man team for the Asia Cup but Tamim was removed from here and made a standby. We took the decision on his inclusion after seeing physio Vibhav Singh and Dr Debashish Roy's report. I wasn't even informed of the change; I got to know like you did which really hurt me. I have a piece of paper to prove it."

But Tamim isn't the first name that was slashed at the whim of the board president and directors who are members of the technical committee.

"One incident happened with (Mohammad) Ashraful, when he was picked against Pakistan last year. We had Raqibul Hasan and Shuvagata Hom as middle-order candidates but they weren't scoring big. Ashraful was scoring at that time and we wanted him to play two Tests but he didn't play. We weren't able to take that decision independently," Akram said.

Contrary to what Akram has said over the past two days, his colleague Minhazul has insisted that there was no interference. "This is Akram's personal decision and I respect it. But this wasn't interference but the board president has only kept one player out on fitness grounds. The rest is our team," he said.

Tamim is widely regarded as one of Bangladesh's most-talented cricketers. At 22, he is already third on the list of run-scorers in both Tests and one-dayers for Bangladesh and is the only Bangladesh cricketer to win the Wisden International Cricketer of the Year award, which he earned in 2010 for his two Test centuries in England. Tamim's ODI form has dipped in the last 12 months though: he averages 22.56 from 17 games with two half-centuries.

He has also had several disciplinary problems. He was stripped of the vice-captaincy after Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe last year because of indiscipline, including arguing with the head coach; he was banned from a domestic game after an altercation with senior batsman Mohammad Ashraful; and during the recent Bangladesh Premier League, he had differences with his franchise, Chittagong Kings, team director Dean Jones.

The Asia Cup, which features India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in addition to hosts Bangladesh begins on March 11.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • sarmin80 on March 8, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    I SUPPORT YOUR DECISION. I BELIEVE THAT FREEDOM AND PERSONALITY ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN OTHERS OR MONEY.

  • bharath74 on March 8, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    If Tamim is not performing he has to go,but the person replacing Tamim should be better than Tamim. The main reason for the failure of BD Batsman is their lack of application and patience. I am sure with time BD will become a major force in Cricket.

  • on March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    MR. Khan you did a fantastic job.but we miss you from our heat.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 8, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @ Madiha Athar Khan: Tamim was the 1st man to win this 4m BD. Shakib actually won Wisden TEST Cricketer of the Year & not Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Tamim at 1st won Widen Test Cricketer of the year then he won WISDEN CRICKETER of the Year 4 his summer per4mance in 2010.

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    BCB president Mustafa Kamal's should be resign from his post............. he always do interfere in the selections............. this is not good for our cricket............. i want resign of BCB president Mustafa Kamal's..............

  • bd_tiger22 on March 8, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Bad decision regardless of the facts. Tamin needs a lesson as being indiscipline in multiple occasions. Exclusion from the team was a positive for him to learn how to be modest and discipline. Anyway, it's unfortunate, we loose Akram Khan honest service. Hope the team does not loose it motivation to show it's 100% in the tournament. Wish Tamim can make it back to the national side soon.

  • plmx99 on March 8, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    It is childish for Akram to resign because his nephew was dropped from the team by Board President Kamal. Tamim is a no doubt a star but currently recovering from injury and the Board did not want to risk aggravating his injury both for his sake and for Bangladesh Cricket. Akram does not have a monopoly on wisdom and for the sake of Bangladesh Cricket such interventions are required when wrong decisions are taken just as was required when Akram insisted on selecting the underperforming Ashraful. Bangladesh Cricket has benefitted from Kamal's strong leadership. Minhazul's comment is quite telling and Bangladesh Cricket needs to move on from old style nepotism and favouritism.

  • touqeer777 on March 8, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    All this drama is because of his nephew.Tamim is only dasher.Can anybody tell me the match Tamim won for BD in last one year.He made 15 to 25 runs with three to four boundaries and gone.I have seen BPL, BD have couple of players who r better than Tamim.But i do not understand if they dropped him then he should not be in reserves too but such things happened in our countries.I think they should change batting order of Nasir,he should come as opener or at one down not at 5th or 6th number.I really likes Shakib,Rahim,Nasir,Razzaq,Murtaza.I think they r one of best players BD produced.As a Pak fan I am thanking BD management for giving chances to Pak players in BPL and we have seen very good cricket there otherwise we would ignored it as we r ignoring IPL since they have banned Pak players.Best of luck for Asia Cup.Lot of love and respect for BD people from pak fans.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @Rishi I guess you forgot the exit of world cup because of Bangladesh...and thanks to that the whole world able to see your fanatic side....remember burning your own players house ????

  • ZsZs on March 7, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Akram Khan should have recused himself as his nephew is in the squad. The squabble was about his nephew - it does not look good, no matter what the facts are. That is a glaring fact that cannot be overlooked.

  • sarmin80 on March 8, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    I SUPPORT YOUR DECISION. I BELIEVE THAT FREEDOM AND PERSONALITY ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN OTHERS OR MONEY.

  • bharath74 on March 8, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    If Tamim is not performing he has to go,but the person replacing Tamim should be better than Tamim. The main reason for the failure of BD Batsman is their lack of application and patience. I am sure with time BD will become a major force in Cricket.

  • on March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    MR. Khan you did a fantastic job.but we miss you from our heat.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 8, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @ Madiha Athar Khan: Tamim was the 1st man to win this 4m BD. Shakib actually won Wisden TEST Cricketer of the Year & not Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Tamim at 1st won Widen Test Cricketer of the year then he won WISDEN CRICKETER of the Year 4 his summer per4mance in 2010.

  • on March 8, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    BCB president Mustafa Kamal's should be resign from his post............. he always do interfere in the selections............. this is not good for our cricket............. i want resign of BCB president Mustafa Kamal's..............

  • bd_tiger22 on March 8, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Bad decision regardless of the facts. Tamin needs a lesson as being indiscipline in multiple occasions. Exclusion from the team was a positive for him to learn how to be modest and discipline. Anyway, it's unfortunate, we loose Akram Khan honest service. Hope the team does not loose it motivation to show it's 100% in the tournament. Wish Tamim can make it back to the national side soon.

  • plmx99 on March 8, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    It is childish for Akram to resign because his nephew was dropped from the team by Board President Kamal. Tamim is a no doubt a star but currently recovering from injury and the Board did not want to risk aggravating his injury both for his sake and for Bangladesh Cricket. Akram does not have a monopoly on wisdom and for the sake of Bangladesh Cricket such interventions are required when wrong decisions are taken just as was required when Akram insisted on selecting the underperforming Ashraful. Bangladesh Cricket has benefitted from Kamal's strong leadership. Minhazul's comment is quite telling and Bangladesh Cricket needs to move on from old style nepotism and favouritism.

  • touqeer777 on March 8, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    All this drama is because of his nephew.Tamim is only dasher.Can anybody tell me the match Tamim won for BD in last one year.He made 15 to 25 runs with three to four boundaries and gone.I have seen BPL, BD have couple of players who r better than Tamim.But i do not understand if they dropped him then he should not be in reserves too but such things happened in our countries.I think they should change batting order of Nasir,he should come as opener or at one down not at 5th or 6th number.I really likes Shakib,Rahim,Nasir,Razzaq,Murtaza.I think they r one of best players BD produced.As a Pak fan I am thanking BD management for giving chances to Pak players in BPL and we have seen very good cricket there otherwise we would ignored it as we r ignoring IPL since they have banned Pak players.Best of luck for Asia Cup.Lot of love and respect for BD people from pak fans.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @Rishi I guess you forgot the exit of world cup because of Bangladesh...and thanks to that the whole world able to see your fanatic side....remember burning your own players house ????

  • ZsZs on March 7, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Akram Khan should have recused himself as his nephew is in the squad. The squabble was about his nephew - it does not look good, no matter what the facts are. That is a glaring fact that cannot be overlooked.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Akram Khan is the man. He has some guts. Others lack it.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 7, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    @ Parash Rishi: India have wasted a lot of time in CB series. They should prepare themselves by playing few T-20s so that their players can per4m in IPL. Anyway, India had wasted their time in 1st 2 World Cup & now they are 2 times World Champ. So wastage of time can bring some reward for BD like India.

  • Quddus-Mamu on March 7, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Akram Khan did a good job. Mustafa Kamal always interferes to select Banglaesh cricket team. He is not a cricketer, he has no idea how to select to a team. Anyway, hope he will get a lesson this time. I don't believe he has any quality to be ICC president, who knows he may start interfering to select other team as well once he become ICC president. Tamim, Shakib and Mashrafe are the best players Bangladesh ever had. I can't think to make the best squad without them, especially, when they are 100% fit.

  • on March 7, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    this is wrong! Didnt Shakib Al Hasan win the Wisden cricketer of the year before Tamim?

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    INDIA should try to play against Afganistan rather playing in Asia Cup.

  • rajivn786 on March 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    You did a great job in resigning...Playing without Tanim...U gotta be kidding me..

    -- An Indian Fan

  • on March 7, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Mr hasan nd rahman:-total the score of whole bangladesh player is not even equal to sachin tendulkar!!!!lol.....

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @hasan_aub: No. Don't get carried away. Shakibul Hassan is the best player produced by Bangladesh. As a batsmen, as a bowler, and as a captain he gave Bangladesh respect. In fact he is the only Bangladesh player that any country in the world would like to be in their team. He is the only international level super star. However I agree Tamim is a star batsman, and deserves to be recognized and appreciated. He will inspired others to become super stars like the half star Akram Raza inspired Tamim Iqbal to become a star.

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Yes India should play also@Parash rishi

  • satish619chandar on March 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    BD should look to play more sensible and win more atleast for the hard fans who back them all the way.. Just look the responses Paras Rishi banged for a silly comment of his..

  • Rezwan1492 on March 7, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I seriously don't why people are so obsessed about Tamim when he can just say what he can do instead of doing that in reality. If he performed well back in 2010, or he is the best opener in the Bangladesh squad doesn't necessarily mean we should select him when he is completely out of form. Please people, talk reality here. His performance is going down and down over the last year and he couldn't even do anything in BPL. It is high time to give him a lesson that he is demanded but for that he needs to perform well. And as for Akram Khan, this is a worst step, showing the world that he is biased towards Tamim. For him, the performance doesn't matter, Tamim (his nephew) matters in the squad. At least we will have an unbiased chief selector now. May Bangladesh march towards glory.

  • hasan_aub on March 7, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Tamim is one of the best cricketer Bangladesh have ever produced..and he has not done something seriously wrong.Wha ever he has done these things happen in cricket field.Akram Khan has done the right thing.With this fragile top order BD can't afford to drop tamim.I hope tamim will back into the team soom.@Paras Rishi u better think about indian team no Bangladesh team.

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    India should be rested from Asia cup, their poor form and the "old" boys are sure to make the tournament unattractive.

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    India also should play Intercontinental Cup they're just wasting their time in Asia Cup! 8 tests in a row...oh my god.....3rd in ODI among the 3 teams in CB Series....OMG. @ Paras Rishi

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @ Paras Rishi..yap..u right may be..if Bangladesh should play in Intercontinental cup..Then India should need to play only IPL..Why are they wasting their times to play abroad...hahahahaha

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @Paras Rishi India should not be send overseas at all..because they are looser..they are wasting their time in overseas.they should play only intercontinental cup at overseas..I hope so the can improve..

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    If you are a good cricketer, that doesn't allow you to be arrogant. But if u r a board president, u are allowed...

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Tamim deserved to be dropped even if there is no better alternatives, because he is getting arrogant, which depicts the story of his recent form. If you are a good cricketer, that doesn't allow you to be arrogant. Make your mind set then try to come back.

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Bangladesh should play the Intercontinental Cup they're just wasting their time in Asia Cup!

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  • on March 7, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Bangladesh should play the Intercontinental Cup they're just wasting their time in Asia Cup!

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Tamim deserved to be dropped even if there is no better alternatives, because he is getting arrogant, which depicts the story of his recent form. If you are a good cricketer, that doesn't allow you to be arrogant. Make your mind set then try to come back.

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    If you are a good cricketer, that doesn't allow you to be arrogant. But if u r a board president, u are allowed...

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @Paras Rishi India should not be send overseas at all..because they are looser..they are wasting their time in overseas.they should play only intercontinental cup at overseas..I hope so the can improve..

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    @ Paras Rishi..yap..u right may be..if Bangladesh should play in Intercontinental cup..Then India should need to play only IPL..Why are they wasting their times to play abroad...hahahahaha

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    India also should play Intercontinental Cup they're just wasting their time in Asia Cup! 8 tests in a row...oh my god.....3rd in ODI among the 3 teams in CB Series....OMG. @ Paras Rishi

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    India should be rested from Asia cup, their poor form and the "old" boys are sure to make the tournament unattractive.

  • hasan_aub on March 7, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Tamim is one of the best cricketer Bangladesh have ever produced..and he has not done something seriously wrong.Wha ever he has done these things happen in cricket field.Akram Khan has done the right thing.With this fragile top order BD can't afford to drop tamim.I hope tamim will back into the team soom.@Paras Rishi u better think about indian team no Bangladesh team.

  • Rezwan1492 on March 7, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I seriously don't why people are so obsessed about Tamim when he can just say what he can do instead of doing that in reality. If he performed well back in 2010, or he is the best opener in the Bangladesh squad doesn't necessarily mean we should select him when he is completely out of form. Please people, talk reality here. His performance is going down and down over the last year and he couldn't even do anything in BPL. It is high time to give him a lesson that he is demanded but for that he needs to perform well. And as for Akram Khan, this is a worst step, showing the world that he is biased towards Tamim. For him, the performance doesn't matter, Tamim (his nephew) matters in the squad. At least we will have an unbiased chief selector now. May Bangladesh march towards glory.

  • satish619chandar on March 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    BD should look to play more sensible and win more atleast for the hard fans who back them all the way.. Just look the responses Paras Rishi banged for a silly comment of his..