Bangladesh news June 19, 2013

Delay in BCB elections could endanger ICC membership - Nazmul Hassan

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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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  • on June 20, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    "We had to change the constitution to follow ICC guidelines so that's how the 2012 draft came about," it is absolutely true. Bangladesh must follow Icc guidelines, otherwise they may lose their icc membership.Reduce Government interference and keep membership alive. Bangladesh achieved a lot previously, please don't ruin that, take necessary action and build a better Bangladesh Team as a proud member of icc.

  • 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'.

  • 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!

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • Energetic. 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! :)

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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.

  • Albert_cambell on June 21, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Joe Thompson Why do I always think you are BD fan not an English fan....lol.Having 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.

  • Albert_cambell 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.

  • on June 20, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    "We had to change the constitution to follow ICC guidelines so that's how the 2012 draft came about," it is absolutely true. Bangladesh must follow Icc guidelines, otherwise they may lose their icc membership.Reduce Government interference and keep membership alive. Bangladesh achieved a lot previously, please don't ruin that, take necessary action and build a better Bangladesh Team as a proud member of icc.

  • 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'.

  • 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!

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • Energetic. 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! :)

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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.

  • Albert_cambell on June 21, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    @Joe Thompson Why do I always think you are BD fan not an English fan....lol.Having 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.

  • Albert_cambell 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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.

  • WorldWideCricket on June 20, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: IRE have full access to English county, and their players do play county, where as our players (except for Tamim and Shakbib) only play local league. Having the access to best league in the world, IRE team did not improve significantly, they are still far behind. IRE players have the chance to play for ENGLAND main team (some players already did). Just imagine if your players had played league like county, where would we be now?

  • on June 20, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    As an English fan, must say Bangladesh have really surprised and impressed me and others on their on-field performances in the last few years. I remember when Bangladesh toured England few years back and everyone thought how this would be one of most boring series ever but until a young sensation like Tamim Iqbal scored back to back 100s against our bowling attack, you can tell that this Bangladesh team has so much potential but the think that disturbs the team so dearly are the off-field stuff like this and more recently the fixing issues in Bangladesh. A good management and desire for them to make Bangladesh Cricket succeed, I have no doubt in the next few years, Bangladesh could quite easily surpass teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan with the exciting young players they are producing like Nasir and Anamul. Lets the haters be haters, they are just scared the threat Bangladesh Cricket poses in the future and know it deep down and find it tough.

  • Palash86 on June 20, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    BD is a great team in Cricket world. So be careful .................

  • Warm_Coffee on June 20, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Baundele is spot on. The BCB would have to be silly for such a thing to happen. Regarding the Ireland situation, yes they have so much potential but they would simply get crushed by Bangladesh especially on those slow low wickets. Don't forget the Irish Cricket team isn't all exactly 'Irish' and so far head to head in the last 5 years, losing to Bangladesh 3-1 in T20s, 5-2 in ODIs and 5-0 in under-19 level so numbers speak for themselves. Ireland already tied/beat better teams like Pakistan, England etc but Bangladesh is far more attractive for some reason. Thanks for some people rating Bangladesh Cricket team very highly, really appreciate it.

  • on June 20, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I like to see Bangladesh losing their ICC membership and it is replaced by Ireland !

  • Baundele on June 20, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    The title of the article is misleading. At first glance it creates an impression that the ICC is taking some actions against Bangladesh to stripe off their membership. The fact is, it is only about changing a few clauses in the BCB constitution, and the matter is at the hand of the court at the moment. The court has to work faster so that the BCB election can take place; but it is certainly not a panic situation, and more certainly there is nothing for the Bangladesh haters to become happy about.

  • on June 20, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Dude Bangladesh have played quite a few number of matches against Ireland in resent times. Bangladesh have won all the matches against them. As you are talking about Pakistan ending in a tie with Ireland, yes Ireland played well that day, providing they played in their home soil and u never know with Pakistan, they are known for their unpredictability. Before you judge a team, please make sure you know their RECENT results. Bangladesh have gained a lot in the last few years.

  • Albert_cambell on June 20, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    @тнє Sufi. You must have not noticed Irelands recent performance against Pakistan. They nearly pulled of a series win against Pak, despite of getting limited amount of chances. It was their inexperience which caused them the match. They did all this when they are in associate level. They will improve if they play more test matches. On the other hand BD still losing humiliatingly to Zimbabwe even after playing 79 tests.

  • on June 20, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Buddy, you might have missed Abdur Razzak, who is currently ranked 9 on ODI bowling, Shakib Al Hasan, who is ranked 1 and 2 consecutively in ODI and Test All-Rounder! And you might have also missed that Bangladesh has 75 rating point, where Ireland got 39! Now, if you still judge Ireland as better than Bangladesh. Then I will have to say: "You are just a kid"!

  • on June 20, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    So would Bangladesh lose Full Member status and drop down to Associate level, or be taken out of the ICC member countries altogether?

  • Albert_cambell on June 19, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Thats the best thing would happen in ICC cricket if they lose their membership. Plaase replace them with Ireland. They will do way better than BD. Paul Stirling is already in the Top 10 ODI batsman ranking.

  • siponus2007 on June 19, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    bcb president papon must resign for this kinda situatiion in bd team , we never thought even in our dream , he must resign for sake of bd cricket

  • QTS_ on June 19, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    @r_sid: greater first-class exposure, e.g. BCL first-class tournament before Sri Lanka tour. It is usually agreed that Bangladesh's recent upswing in Tests has been because of more practice in first-class cricket.

  • r_sid on June 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam, Do please enlighten me what Nazmul Hassan as BCB president has done for the general improvement of cricket in Bangladesh. What decision he and his team have taken to improve the administration. If you say he hasn't been there long enough to bring about any change, that's fair. Just depict some of the plans on the discussion board. I am eager to change my view that he is just a run of the mill political appointment.

  • rukzz on June 19, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Wow! As a Sri Lankan fan who have admired the passion of BD players and fans and watching them grow slowly into world beaters... It would be very sad if we see this. Please do something!

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    If somehow BD loses t ICC membership, BD fans gonna get mad. I think it's right time to follow ICC guidelines and to make necessary changes.

    We too, the BD cricket fans, want a political interference free cricket board.

  • Nutcutlet on June 19, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Active & full-time politicians must be kept well away from the game. There is always a conflict of interest when a man or woman is attempting to serve two masters, besides keeping his/her own constituency sweet.

  • TheRisingTeam on June 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Nazmul Hassan has been a very good president for Bangladesh Cricket so far probably the best so far. Its good to see he's aware of such things and you can tell he has ambitions to take Bangladesh Cricket to new levels. Hopefully this issue will be sorted soon but its no secret that Politics is somehow involved in Bangladesh Cricket and must rid itself from it.

  • TheRisingTeam on June 19, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Nazmul Hassan has been a very good president for Bangladesh Cricket so far probably the best so far. Its good to see he's aware of such things and you can tell he has ambitions to take Bangladesh Cricket to new levels. Hopefully this issue will be sorted soon but its no secret that Politics is somehow involved in Bangladesh Cricket and must rid itself from it.

  • Nutcutlet on June 19, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Active & full-time politicians must be kept well away from the game. There is always a conflict of interest when a man or woman is attempting to serve two masters, besides keeping his/her own constituency sweet.

  • on June 19, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    If somehow BD loses t ICC membership, BD fans gonna get mad. I think it's right time to follow ICC guidelines and to make necessary changes.

    We too, the BD cricket fans, want a political interference free cricket board.

  • rukzz on June 19, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Wow! As a Sri Lankan fan who have admired the passion of BD players and fans and watching them grow slowly into world beaters... It would be very sad if we see this. Please do something!

  • r_sid on June 19, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam, Do please enlighten me what Nazmul Hassan as BCB president has done for the general improvement of cricket in Bangladesh. What decision he and his team have taken to improve the administration. If you say he hasn't been there long enough to bring about any change, that's fair. Just depict some of the plans on the discussion board. I am eager to change my view that he is just a run of the mill political appointment.

  • QTS_ on June 19, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    @r_sid: greater first-class exposure, e.g. BCL first-class tournament before Sri Lanka tour. It is usually agreed that Bangladesh's recent upswing in Tests has been because of more practice in first-class cricket.

  • siponus2007 on June 19, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    bcb president papon must resign for this kinda situatiion in bd team , we never thought even in our dream , he must resign for sake of bd cricket

  • Albert_cambell on June 19, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Thats the best thing would happen in ICC cricket if they lose their membership. Plaase replace them with Ireland. They will do way better than BD. Paul Stirling is already in the Top 10 ODI batsman ranking.

  • on June 20, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    So would Bangladesh lose Full Member status and drop down to Associate level, or be taken out of the ICC member countries altogether?

  • on June 20, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Buddy, you might have missed Abdur Razzak, who is currently ranked 9 on ODI bowling, Shakib Al Hasan, who is ranked 1 and 2 consecutively in ODI and Test All-Rounder! And you might have also missed that Bangladesh has 75 rating point, where Ireland got 39! Now, if you still judge Ireland as better than Bangladesh. Then I will have to say: "You are just a kid"!