Bangladesh news March 7, 2012

Akram Khan resigns as Bangladesh chief selector

ESPNcricinfo staff

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


  • 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.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 6:30 GMT

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

  • Muhammad Rakibul 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.

  • Dummy4 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..............

  • S 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.

  • khalid 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.

  • Muhammad 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ????

  • zulfiquar 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.

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