Bangladesh news January 23, 2014

BCB to decide on draft based on 'response of other boards'


Isam: BCB internally confused over ICC revamp

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said the Bangladesh board will consider the other Full Members' takes on the 'position paper', put forward by a working group of the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee of the ICC, before coming out for or against it. However, ESPNcricinfo understands that when asked for their individual opinions at a board meeting on Thursday, an overwhelming majority of the BCB directors said the board should side with the BCCI or "we will be cornered".

The main concern for Bangladesh is playing Test cricket - something which is now under threat as one of the proposals is to make the teams ranked Nos. 9 and 10 play in the Intercontinental Cup (the ICC's first-class tournament for non-Test nations) from 2015. A board director, seeking anonymity, said that even if that proposal is approved, Bangladesh could still play bilateral series with the top eight if they align with India.

"The reality for the BCB is that we cannot afford to go against the BCCI," the BCB director said. "Bangladesh is the 10th ranked team, but if we align with them, there is every chance that they will help us get teams to tour Bangladesh and vice versa. Of course we have to consider many other factors before we go with them but the majority in the board believe that favouring India would be the best option for us."

In the press conference that followed the meeting, Hassan said the BCB would take a measured decision before the ICC meeting on January 29. He also hinted at the revamped system being beneficial to Bangladesh, in that it could help them climb the Test rankings. The board would not "risk" Bangladesh's chances of playing against top nations by hastily refusing the draft proposal, he said.

"We have decided not to express whether we have taken a decision or not," Hassan said. "I want to know the opinions of the other boards from today. It doesn't matter what is said in public, unless the same thing is said in the meeting. If we oppose the proposal but it still goes through, we will be under a lot of pressure.

"I will go to Dubai on January 25 to speak to other boards to understand the matter more clearly. We have to take a decision based on the situation. We have to rely a lot on the response of the other boards.

Hassan said he was confident that Bangladesh's hosting of three international series in the immediate future - Sri Lanka in a bilateral series, the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20 - would not be affected by how the BCB votes. "If we oppose the proposal, it won't affect our hosting of the Sri Lanka tour, Asia Cup or World Twenty20," he said. "There's no connection between these two."

He believes if the proposal goes through and a multi-tiered system comes in, Bangladesh could take the No. 8 position in Test cricket - the draft proposal suggests the winner of the Intercontinental Cup could challenge the No. 8 ranked team, home and away, and if the Test team is beaten, the Intercontinental Cup winners are promoted into the top eight at the loser's expense.

"Our Test status will remain [since the draft proposal has a "no disadvantage" condition, by which none of the current Full Members will lose that status]. We will be among the ten Test playing nations. But our Test rating point is 18, so to reach No. 8 ranking [under the current system], we will need more than a decade. We are not getting enough opportunities. Zimbabwe has 34 rating points, so I don't know who we can beat to cover the difference.

"We have improved as a side in the last 18 months. We have played well against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies. But such performances haven't reflected on our ranking. There is a chance here to beat the others [in the Intercontinental Cup] and then have a go at the No. 8 ranked team..."

"We cannot take a risk, particular given the position of our cricket. If our vote doesn't matter, we will probably stay quiet. But if our vote decides the revamp, it will be very critical. What we will do at that stage is something I can only understand once I am at the meeting."

Hassan also believes that the Full Members will not be divided on this matter, but will arrive at a unanimous decision. "There won't be a split in world cricket. I don't think [the ICC committee] would have presented such a huge proposal without doing their homework and I also don't believe it will be a close-run thing. It will either be accepted or rejected."

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

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  • Dummy on January 27, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    this is conspiracy against bangladesh cricket.mainly india is the enemy for bangladesh present bangladesh cricket playing good in test,odi etc.why after 2015 bangladesh cannot play test.we are not agree with this isue.

  • amit on January 26, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @dravid_pujara... Plagiarizing is not not being a good sport either, bud. Regardless, I am interested in this whole takeover business because it models a microcosmic world war in cricket paralence. It will make for interesting times .

  • Farhan on January 25, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    SlSling: You comment shows your lack of talent about cricket. BD is a lower ranked team so other team doesn't improve their ranking by playing test against us. We can play with any team we want as BCB is far better in arranging series than your board. I said BCB did the right thing by staying quiet about it for now. I didn't say that they should support it neither they said they'll support it so why some people are complaining about it?

  • Pr on January 25, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @asia cricket,do u realize what r u talking about?do u think other test nation wants to play with u because of odis?no. They want to win test against u and better their rankings.if u dont have test status no one will play with your weak team.

  • Srinivas on January 25, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    And just because India and Bangladesh are good friends doesn't mean that we'll talk soft when there is a series between India and Bangladesh. Yes, I won't hesitate to call your team ordinary or hopeless and I'm sure Bangladeshis won't hesitate to call us flat-track bullies and all that stuff. When it is match time, it is time to pin your opponent down. Simple as that! But once that is over, I would go find a Bangladeshi to have a beer with and discuss with him through the night. Hey, that's how we all are, more or less. I just find it terribly disturbing that most SL fans have lost this perspective of sport, win, loss. I think the relation between India and Sri Lanka fans is almost irreparable now, at least on Cricinfo. Something that hurts on the field (loss or win) shouldn't make us blind for significant long-term things off the field. 'Don't carry our on-field grudges to the conference table', is my message to all the fans - India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Can't we do this?

  • Sky on January 25, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @ McGorium. NZ is one of my favourites regardless …but which road BD to follow without ICC helping it to play enough, learn and grow? NZ with 85 years' experience or India with 82, shouldn't be compared with BD who just have 14 years of test-experience. NZ needed 42 matches before their first win compared to BD's 34. So please don't forget your own history. NZ cricket has not grown over the night, neither India, nor Australia or any other country. BD has not much to worry. If such unfair decisions of India to establish their monopoly are sponsored by the ICC, then Cricket and ICC will suffer more. It is called - kicking away the ladder. Those on the top kick away the ladder so that no one else can climb up. Also, isn't it a shame that just 10 countries in the world play test and some are trying to cut this further for their own monopoly?

  • Srinivas on January 25, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    One last thing that our Bangladesh brothers need to remember is the following: India is the sole reason that Bangladesh and Bangladesh cricket exist today. Rewind to 1971 and you will see my point. I'm not at all trying to ride on my moral high-horse here. If history is any indicator of the good-natured and humane feelings that India has towards Bangladesh, then trust that glorious history that India and Bangladesh are sharing off the field since Bangladesh was born in 1971.

    You also need to understand that BCB may indeed have powerful and selfish people just like any other board like BCCI or CSA. But, BCB isn't strong yet. The fact that BCB may have such people doesn't mean that they are potent enough to take on somebody who is bigger than them. But, just because India is powerful doesn't mean that they are going to walk over BCB and the talented Bangladeshis. I present History and real events as my evidence. Can you deny our glorious history and prefer to live in ill-conceived fear?

  • Atish on January 25, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 Absolutely correct. Peaople r just getting emotional. The current ftp nyways not giving them enough matches. I dont think if they go agaist this draft then csa wil give them more matches. Also for them its not only matches revenue is also imp. I think bcb has taken correct stand. Before world cricket they need to think about bangladesh cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2014, 23:38 GMT

    Why would other boards vote out the proposal if they realize that, if BCB can tolerate this absurd proposal, why can't they?? Why won't they think of stepping back and just observe what happens from far. Every board keeps observing what happens and in the process the proposal gets passed. If everyone behaves so selfishly, that's what is going to happen. And hilariously Bangladesh call them 'TIGERS'. Even cats have some courage !!

  • Srinivas on January 24, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    If Bangladesh succeeds on the field, there will be Indians by the millions who will be extremely happy for them. I can give you just an example here. Team India had a realistic chance at WC2007. The loss to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka made Dravid to have tears in his eyes. Yet, after losing to Bangladesh, Dravid personally sought for Tamim and presented Tamim with Dravid's own bat, even when Dravid was at the saddest moment in his life. What does that tell you about Dravid? I was in tears of joy with Dravid's message. It's not just him, there are millions like him who wish Bangladesh cricket the very best. When a Captain himself isn't willing to turn the loss on the field into an on-field grudge, why should the fans turn losses and wins on the field into grudges off the field, especially in matters relating to the bright future of our boards and players? Think friends. Think. A sincere fan from India who wants Asian Cricket to become a force to reckon with in the world. I rest my case.

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