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Akram Khan wants more matches for Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam

December 2, 2013

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Shane Jurgensen speaks to chief selector Akram Khan, Mirpur, July 14, 2013
Akram Khan, the new BCB cricket operations committee chairman, wants to improve relations with other countries in the subcontinent © BCB
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Akram Khan, the former Bangladesh captain, has kicked off his role as BCB's new cricket operations committee chairman by seeking to bring more solidarity with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was given the most influential cricketing position in BCB after he was elected as director unopposed last month.

The cricket operations committee is in overall charge of the Bangladesh team as well as the Bangladesh A side, and Akram believes there ought to be more tours to the neighbouring countries. The senior side has never toured India, while their visits to Sri Lanka have substantially reduced over the last five years. The BCB's relationship with the PCB is at rock bottom after they failed to send over a side to Pakistan twice last year.

"I want to build more understanding with the neighbouring countries before we go to Australia and New Zealand," Akram told the Bangla daily Prothom Alo. "If we can arrange more A team, Academy and Under-19 matches with them regularly, we can hold more international matches in that way. They cooperated with us before we became a Test nation. So why not now? I will try hard to develop relations with them. We have to play regularly with them, and at the same time, reduce our differences."

Akram however said that he would have to arrange for more matches outside the new Future Tours Programme which isn't favourable to Bangladesh, and added that the previous board's bargaining capabilities left a lot to be desired.

"ICC sends a primary list to all countries before the FTP is formed. I know for a fact that New Zealand were initially given 60-odd Tests but they raised it to 85. But I was surprised to see that we didn't make the effort [to increase the number of Tests]," he said.

Akram, who had been a chief selector for two years and a selector for four years before that, has been credited for bringing much needed stability to the side, as he hasn't forced many changes.

"I will try to give the Bangladesh team the best possible situation to play in. I want the players to be comfortable. At most times we only look at the playing side, but I want to make sure of the events before and after the cricket."

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Posted by   on (December 8, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

We want to see more ex cricketer in the development of BD cricket. Akram khan is one of the few guys who can lead the management of BD cricket in future.

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (December 4, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

well why bangladesh doent want to play with afghanistan if bangladesh really want to play cricket they should play with afg or irleand so those teams will also get more experience nd it will be good encounter that will help cricket in afg nd i want a tri nation series between Bangladesh , afghanistan , and ireland or zembabwe ,,

Posted by sramesh_74 on (December 4, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

The gap between Bangladesh and sides like SA, Eng and Ind is quite evident. They should probably have their A sides play the domestic sides of these countries. Would be good learning.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Thanks to Mr.Akram Khan,I hope he gets support from everybody linked with cricket inside the BCB and outside.Our coach can also help us to organize some A tours in South Africa as he was a successful coach there for many years.He knows SA domestic cricket,so our A team can play with SA domestic clubs which will help us to gain experience in pace conditions as we remember what happened against zim recently.So please say your opinions if u think that is realistic(I am telling it to the viewers).

Posted by   on (December 4, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Its really a great initiative but ICC should also give more concentration to arrange some series Against BD team like SA, AUS, SA, ENG, IND. Last couple of years BD team performance proves they are one of the top unpredictable team.

Posted by chechong0114 on (December 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Great initiative by this man to try and strenghten ties with his neighbouring countries especially considering the fact that Bangladesh does need more exposure and experience playing stronger teams. I cant believe that Bangladesh senior team has not played a full series in Indian especially considering the fact that the nation merely is in India weird! I wish him best of luck in his endeavours. And hope that Bangladesh cricket continues to improve on all levels.

Posted by pull_shot on (December 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Why don't BD played Ashes kind series with SL?

Posted by siddhartha87 on (December 3, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

i think iCC should increase the bilateral ties between Bangladesh-ZImbabwe-Ireland.They lost talented Kenya due to their ignorance

Posted by kar_rocks on (December 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

Pakistan should help their "biraadar mulk" by playing in BD. SL too can play some tests with BD and improve their test cricket.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

We have seen how the Bangladesh Cricket Team has improved after BPL-1 took place. It's safe to say the whole world witnessed it, praise us, and have called us "the emerging stars". I'd say that the only barrier that is stopping us from reaching our goal is the less number of matches we play. With the young talents like Mominul Haque, Sohag Gazi and class acts like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, we do have a long way to go. Nasir Hossain has also been in top with a super healthy average. We dearly hope that ICC should take it into consideration and gift us with more matches. More exposure to world cricket will only make us better!

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