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Nazmul Hassan appointed BCB president by government

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 17, 2012

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The Bangladesh government has named Nazmul Hassan, a member of parliament, as the new president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The appointment came a week after Mustafa Kamal was confirmed as the vice-president of the ICC, effectively ending his three-year tenure as the BCB president.

Hassan is the son of Zillur Rahman, the president of Bangladesh. He is also the managing director of one of the country's largest pharmaceutical companies and has been connected to cricket through Abahani, a Dhaka-based sports club, as the chairman of its cricket committee.

The new president was selected according to the existing constitution, which states that the board president will be a government nominee. The board has submitted its amended constitution to the National Sports Council for approval and one of the major amendments is that the president will be elected and not picked by the government. The sports regulatory body in the country is yet to pass the amendment.

Hassan will have his hands full when he begins his tenure, with a number of major issues remaining unresolved. He will have to handle the umpires' corruption investigation and ensure the franchises who have already signed with the BCB to run first-class teams are given a separate tournament. He would also need to finalise a long-term broadcasting rights contract, as only a single-series deal has been put in place.

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Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (October 18, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

The problem of BD cricket is mainly due to political reason & at policy making level rather than cricketers slow progress or crazy fans. A MP is always busy with his law making & political agenda. How can he help cricket? Most of the President of BCB, after BD getting test status, were MP. In fact 3/4 years ago, a Lieutenant General of their Army was BCB president too! Mr. Nazmul is MP, MD of a large pharmaceutical company & the son of President of the country too. It means he is highly important person in political arena. So how will he give his time for welfare of BD cricket? I can't understand at all.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

It should be Saber H Chowdhury.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Congratulations to Him. Hopefully he will do some good work for BCB.

Posted by bagh_mama on (October 17, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

"if he has a lot of passion for Cricket and desires it to succeed in Bangladesh then then that's fine by me." <= Wow, if that is enough, then we have a country full of strong candidates for the post of BCB president.

Posted by Keithnkin on (October 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Long Live cronyism!! Says a lot about the future of BD cricket! Very creative and a wise choice I am sure.

Posted by Summer_Sport on (October 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Why on earth is a government running Bangladesh Cricket? Its a sport game not politics.

Posted by Aussie_Cricket on (October 17, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

With a deadline of June next year to remove political influence, not sure how much he's actually going to achieve. If he's a member of Parliament and the MD of a major company how much time is he going to get to head the BCB? Seems kind've part time which is not what Bangladesh Cricket needs, especially considering the elephant in the room that wasn't mentioned amongst the "major issues" that Bangladesh have. The real issue being that "Bangladesh aren't competitive against the major countries". Remove Shakib from the Bangladesh team and they may as well be playing against Associates full time. Without showing competency people are not going to watch their team play against Bangladesh, because nobody cares about a drubbing. Fix that issue and maybe Bangladesh will get more matches against major teams.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Congratulation new President. I have requested new BCB president to remove R. Pybus BD coach and replace Mohshin Khan ex pakistani coach. Do something good people remember you? As we always remember Mr. Saber Hussain Chodhury. There is no politics in BD cricket. BD Cricket is for everybody. Thank you.

Posted by Praxis on (October 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed, he isn't elected, he is a Member of the Parliament and the son of the current president. Passion for cricket or past record wasn't much of importance in this process.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

I don't understand why a Politician has to take charge of Bangladesh's Cricket I mean that's probably one of dee major reasons why Bangladesh Cricket is not progressing as fast. Its best to have a former Bangladeshi Cricketer taking charge. I just hope this new BCB President does the right things for Bangladesh's Cricket.

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