Bangladesh news March 10, 2012

Akram Khan takes back his resignation

ESPNcricinfo staff

Akram Khan, the Bangladesh chief selector, has withdrawn his resignation letter and will continue in the position. Akram said that he had changed his decision after meeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"I have withdrawn the resignation letter that I had submitted," Akram said. "The day before yesterday, the honourable Prime Minister asked me to meet her. We discussed every aspect of cricket and she has assured me that there won't be any more problems.

"Tutul bhai [BCB director Dewan Shafiul Arefin] got out of her office yesterday and informed me that she has adviced me to withdraw the letter."

Akram, also a former national captain, had resigned three days ago, citing interference from the board president Mustafa Kamal regarding selection of the Asia Cup squad. His resignation came a day after Kamal rejected the inclusion of high-profile opener Tamim Iqbal, Akram's nephew, in the 14-man squad for the Asia Cup. Tamim was later added to the squad as the 15th player after having initially been listed as a reserve.

Akram had come down heavily on Kamal after submitting his resignation letter and pointed out some issues he had had as a chief selector with Kamal in the past. As a result, the question remained: whether it would be a problem for him to continue the job under the presidency of Kamal?

"What I can say is that I won't let those things happen again," Akram said. "I will work with full freedom."

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

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  • V.L on March 13, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Regardless of what people might say about this guy, Tamim and Shakib are the best of the Bangladeshi batsmen. Ignoring them is folly!

  • Denham on March 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Hmmmm, politics, it's everywhere and what is sad to note and see is that it ruins sport, specially in our nick of the woods (Subcontinent).

  • Khizr on March 12, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    It is always tricky when the player is in the selector's family. After a slow start, Tamim did OK in the first game. I hope it was all a professional selection decision and no other well deserving player was overlooked. I also hope there is no hard feelings between Mustafa Kamal and rest of the BCB team.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on March 11, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Welcome Back the prince of BD cricket of associate period! This guy was instrumental against Scotland in ICC trophy to reach final which boosted up their World Cup chance & later resulted to test status. Now such attempt has been important to get attention of Honorable Prime Minister of BD. Let's see what she will do to remove recent problems inside BCB.

  • bharath74 on March 11, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Unbelievable funny!! BD Prime Minister has to intervene in selecting Tamim Iqbal?? I am sure she will get reelected for selecting Tamin. Now I understood the main reason for the defeat of the Opposition Party, they fought for the selection of Ashraful.

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