Bangladesh news June 19, 2013

Delay in BCB elections could endanger ICC membership - Nazmul Hassan


BCB president Nazmul Hassan has warned Bangladesh could lose its ICC membership if it doesn't hold a board election in line with ICC guidelines. The country's High Court earlier this year challenged the legality of the newly amended BCB constitution, and that has held up the elections which were supposed to take place within 90 days of the ad-hoc committee taking over the BCB.

The ICC has reportedly set guidelines for cricket boards to minimise government interference and make sure that the board presidents are elected, not selected. Accordingly, on March 1, 2012, the BCB directors amended the board's constitution but it had to wait for the approval from the National Sports Council, the regulatory body of sports in Bangladesh. Due to the delay in getting the approval, the BCB had to be run by an ad-hoc body from late November after the elected body's reign expired.

"We had to change the constitution to follow ICC guidelines so that's how the 2012 draft came about," Hassan said. "If we don't do the election according to ICC's guideline and the court declares the 2008 constitution valid, Bangladesh stands to lose its ICC membership."

"We need a constitution to run the election, and I have two at the moment. One from 2008 and the other done in 2012. The latter constitution was sent to the BCB ad-hoc committee by the National Sports Council. But since this 2012 draft is with the court, our election is being delayed."

Hassan reminded that the changes asked to be made by the ICC have to be taken into account, although ICC president Alan Isaac said in November last year that the major change, that of reduced government interference, is still under review.

"In the last [ICC] board meeting, we were told that every board has to bring about certain changes to their constitution. But unless the High Court decides on our board's constitution, we don't have much to do. We are seeking legal opinion because the ICC has set a timeframe and bindings. We have to do something within these limitations."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Rafelgibt, 'One tie with Pakistan doesn't justify Test Status' Why are you ignoring victories over England, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, West Indies. The tour to Bangladesh in 2008 was without a number of our best players, Morgan and Rankin now are good enough to play for England. True we lost to Bangladesh in the World Cup in 2011 but it was hardly an easy victory Ireland were well placed to win that game. I would have thought Bangladesh would welcome Ireland to test cricket as they may have a chance to improve their pathetic test record. Also you would have to stop running from an Associate because according to BCB 'don't have enough players'.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    I think one way is left. If Present BCB Committee Resigns, Then New committee will come Then Thay will get time to organize Election. And I thing There will be no Complications Then!

  • Jonny on June 21, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Baundele:- If you can remember it was the same court that took so long is deciding whether Bangladesh should tour Pakistan I think. I know the court cannot rush anything in Bangladesh but BCB say they are doing everything they can to do their limitations then I don't think its fair to blame them. They have so many issues to deal with now so yeah its tough times off the field for the Bangladesh management but like I said, must get all this sorted so everyone can move on from this and focus in for immediate future since Bangladesh will be hosting a lot of series and events otherwise its too much.

  • Mike on June 21, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Cricket isn't big in Ireland just like in most countries. I agree they have lots of potential and future in Cricket looks great for them and should support them but whether better than Bangladesh isn't a big deal since they can already take on bigger teams. Probably Ireland could beat Bangladesh in a game in Ireland and a serious competition even though the Irish team isn't all exactly Irish but they probably most likely get thrashed if they were to play in Bangladesh conditions where Bangladesh look set to be very tough to beat from now on. Don't forget when Ireland toured Bangladesh in 08, it was an easy 3-0 victory for Bangladesh. Don't forget Cricket is an unpopular sport and Bangladesh Cricket where Cricket has grown considerably over the last 8 years are becoming a force whether we like it or not. Its not 2003 anymore but 2013 where so many players have come and gone so I think some people seriously need to wake up! :)

  • Jonny on June 21, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Also the current BCB chairman wasn't actually elected but selected since the former BCB President had to resign his post but election has been overdue now but really so long. Must be sorted as soon as possible.

  • Jonny on June 21, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @Nutcutlet:- Yes sadly its somehow involved with Bangladesh Cricket but what about Politics in the other Asian countries? its no secret as well. Anyway, I just hope BCB which has so many problems to deal with right now do not leave those things like usually to the last minute otherwise there will be serious implications.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on June 21, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (June 21, 2013, 3:57 GMT) ICC didnt give TEST status to BAN just for that one fluke win against PAK in 1999.When BAN got TEST status they already had 2 proper international cricket stadiums in DHAKA & Chittagong (Forget the other regional complete stadiums in 8 divisions);very competitive club cricket where legends like Wasim,Jayasuriya,Ranatunga used to play regularly (which shows the financial ability to pay the international megastars);since 1992 Bangladesh TV has been telecasting the live domestic cricket in BAN and forget the huge CRICKET loving mad people.So, ICC took the right decision to give TEST Status to BAN.If you recall countries like Kenya, Scotland,ZIM are used to be far better than BAN but see whats their current situation and where Bangladesh is stood for by the passes of Time.

  • yuvraj on June 21, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Joe Thompson Why do I always think you are BD fan not an English an English name does not make you an English fan. By the way there is nothing impressive on BD English tour. THey just had a fluke ODI win against ENG( Just like their Only ODI win against AUs). Other than that they lost all their games to ENG. By the way BD is not the only team that has talented youngsters. Every other international team has promising youngstars.

  • yuvraj on June 21, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @Rafelgibt. Then how did BD deserve test status after winning only one ODI against PAK. Ireland already produced world class players like Kevin Obrien, Stirling, Morgan And Rankin.They already have a promising youngster like Dockrell. Trust me, Ireland will soon become another New zealand. NZ have always done well with limited resources.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on June 21, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    @Albert_cambell on (June 20, 2013, 2:54 GMT) Test status for IRE!!!Are you kidding mate???Do IRE have the money to run cricket in IRE,huge no. of first class players,complete stadium where at least 10000 people can watch,TV rights to cover the match live all-around the glove???The answer is NO.Just one TIE with PAK doesnt justify getting a TEST status.By the way are you thinking to use ENG soil use as IRE's home ground then you must have been living in another planet.Grow up.