Bangladesh news January 23, 2014

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

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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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  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 27, 2014, 3:07 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY marlboro19 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 .

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 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?

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator 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.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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?

  • POSTED BY SkyClean 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?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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?

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 !!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | January 27, 2014, 3:07 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY marlboro19 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 .

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 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?

  • POSTED BY Bdcricketdebator 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.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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?

  • POSTED BY SkyClean 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?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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?

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 !!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas 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.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    One more thing that Bangladesh fans need to understand is that the 2 tier is going to come irrespective of the other draft proposals. So, you vote for or against the draft isn't going to change the 2 tier system anyway. As I said, in my previous post, India itself has lot of pent up angst against the past powerful boards and I have no doubt in my mind that BCCI will always treat the other Asian Boards as its brothers, friends and strategic allies. I only urge Bangladeshis to not lose the broader picture. Leave our political borders for once. Did we ever dream that any Asian Board will dictate terms to the erstwhile cricket powers? India did it. In spite of our minor, and sometimes significant, differences we all are one. That's my deeper feeling. It's sad that many SL fans have a deeper grudge on India. May be it's because they lose matches on the field against us. But that is sport. You lose and you win. When it comes to well-being, the equations should be completely different. No?

  • POSTED BY SkyClean on | January 24, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234, you need to review your elementary math skills. Out of 10 test playing nations 4 said no and 7 votes are needed to pass this unfair proposal. Right? What did you vote for Pakistan? Yes or no? BD has disappointed Pakistan by not playing in Pakistan despite promising. So BD is now friendless. Sorry, BD has friends like India and you, who are offering BD to loose what it earned. If I really consider you right, not listening to India will mean further loss. Right? BD and the rest of the cricketing world should stand up against the monopoly of few. However, this should be a lesson for BD regarding friend and foe. Please don't consider yourself the only wise person around. You want BD to be a surrogate of India and loose something that the country has earned by its own merit?

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | January 24, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    TBH, I think BCB is doing the right thing. Inspite of all the hate against BCCI, they have been quite helpful to BCB in not only getting and retaining their Test status but also having the BD players play in IPL. It only makes matters worse if they go against BCCI.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 24, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    People who are saying BCB breached the trust do you even understand the present situation? If BCB says no to them and this draft get passed we lose everything but if we dont than at least we get to play lots of ODI. Now that one way to look at it and you may not like it so consider this. It takes votes of 7 countries to pass something. SA, WI, SLC, said no. Zim will follow SA thats make it 4 so this pass legally cant be passed so does it matter whether we vote for it or not? If BCCI, ECB, CA pass it by force than even if we say no it wont have any value so BCB has done the right thing.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Very disappointed!! To me it's a battle between justices vs injustice and at any cost we need to stand for justice. That's what we have been taught since our childhood. But in reality, everywhere what I see all the time is 'the use of pure selfishness and hypocrisy' to attain own benefits shamelessly as opposed to what they teach us. No matter if we can play test or not, we have to stand by the fair side of the pole. I don't know who elected these BCB directors, all I can see is, they don't care about common man's emotions toward this great sport. What BCB is doing is pure hypocrisy. BCB is waiting for other countries to oppose the proposal whereas it's more of BCB's duty to oppose it right away since they are the one who will be most adversely affected if the proposal is passed. It's BCB's duty to take the first initiative to convince other boards to vote against this proposal but they are doing the very opposite, waiting for other boards to play the hard game and BCB takes the fruit.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Horrendous example of a leadership and lack of common sense application. BCB breached the trust of Bangladeshi cricket fans. Fact that tigers are not at par with the top 4 ranked test teams but will give run for money for the rest 5 in any day. If cricket fans are a consideration, any International cricket match in Bangladesh especially outside Dhaka will give full stadiums any day all day. Does this matter to BCB when they represent Bangladesh in ICC? We are good at ODI, T20s and hosting tournaments. Tiger will want to continue on the improvement curve in tests. BCB do the right thing and oppose this non-sense proposal.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    trusting BCCI in any matter is the worst thing one can do. i think there are enough instances in the past to support this claim but sadly one should analyze the whole situation from a realistic point of view. Majority of the fans who have rightly expressed concerns and disappointment are living in fool's paradise. I mean all these cricket boards have obsession with money so how can they let go of big 3. The best way out for remaining 7 cricket boards is to some how convince the big three that take as much financial benefits as you like but this whole idea of big 3 being sole decision makers together with 2 tier test system is absolutely unacceptable. I mean how the game will remain competitive when big 3 will gain universal immunity from relegation/demotion no matter how poor their performance is. Utter non-sense.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Who cares about ranking. We want to see Bangladesh playing at the highest level. We don't care whether it takes us several decades to improve in the ranking. The rankings are always stupid.

  • POSTED BY no_point_chasing_the_wide_ones on | January 24, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    Unfortunately probably the best position the BCB could take at this point. Don't voice their opposition until they know how other members will vote. if it is likely to go thru regardless of how BCB vote, there would have been nothing gained making an enemy of the BCCI. But it will be interesting to see how they will vote if their vote is crucial? In an ideal world I hope they would do the right thing but this is not an ideal world. But they are naive if they think their test prospects will improve with this proposal. How many series and more importantly test matches have India played them in last 10 years? The FTP (although not perfect) is what protected their test opportunities, bilateral series will be a big risk for them - the unfortunate truth is they are not top of everyones list to play, and India won't be charitable when deciding who they play. And doesn't this proposal support intro of the 2 tier system which will be very detrimental for them? Likewise for WI and NZ

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | January 24, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    My heart bleeds just to think Bangladesh wont play test cricket any more!! If thats happened I wont watch or follow cricket any more. My day start look at cricket score first thing in the morning and if Bangladesh dont play test I wont watch cricket ever and iIts true

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | January 24, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    BCB is absolutely on the right track in this matter.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 24, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Powerful people in BCB are on the right track. Good luck to BCB. Trust your friends at BCCI. We are not your enemies. Remember the important role BCCI played in getting test status to Bangladesh. India is always a friend of Bangladesh, be it in cricket or in politics, and I don't see how that relationship can get effected. India and Bangladesh (the most talented upcoming team in Asia and in the world) have lot of mutual interest and strategic relationship in Asian Cricket with the declining talent in Sri Lanka and the political instability and helplessness of Pakistan. I'm sure BCB and BCCI will never forget our mutual goals. Many Indians love to see talented Bangladeshis in IPL as well. BCCI may be more powerful than BCB. But when it comes to on-field cricket, it's always symbiosis between us fans and players. Don't you all think likewise? I'm sure all the Bangladeshis want their cricketers and board to have mutually beneficial outcomes in cricket matters. BCCI will look after Asians.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    We Bangladeshi, hate this new system. Get off BCCI , ECB n CA .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 24, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    BCCI that doesn't play more than two test against SA will play more test against BNG? Dream on BCB!

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | January 24, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Case 1: If Bangladesh demoted to tier 2 and playing 4 years and get promoted into tier 1 in that case Bangladesh need to play allover again with recognized test playing team and we need to beat them in regular basis to keep above one of the top 8. Realistically do you think Bangladesh can keep beating one or two test playing team for few good years to keep our position at list above one of the top eight ? I don't think so ! so the case scenario is Bangladesh what ever good they play they wont able to keep it up with top 8. Case 2: If Bangladesh say no to bcci along with other SA, Pak, SL or WI than Bangladesh still can play at list 6 to 8 test a year but not able to play against so called elite and arrogant 3.And we dont bother to play with big 3. We always love to play with other 6 haven,t we?

  • POSTED BY pjt100585 on | January 24, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Spineless, absolutely spineless. This proposal will only be overthrown if all remaining members, obviously barring the fortunate 3, stand together in opposition. We've seen New Zealand throw in their lot with Australia and now Bangladesh aligning with India. Dark times

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    bangladesh people need to come forward to stop bcb and papon , cricket is gonna destroy in bangladesh . "Bangladesh could still play bilateral series with the top eight if they align with India"- what a lame excuse , who will believe this ? when it says straight bangladesh can't play test until they win the intercontinental cup

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    These directors including BCB president is behaving like a baby. are you out of your mind...i think you are not capable to run a cricket board

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    lets stop or forget playing first class cricket because another 20 years i can not see BD can play test matches as a normal test nation.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    What is the point of having the right to vote if our vote is going to be based on the votes of other nations? What values do we have? really cricket will be destroyed in Bangladesh by their own hand. This coward people even don't know details about the proposal...dark day is coming for BD cricket

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    "The reality for the BCB is that we cannot afford to go against the BCCI," the BCB director said. Why don't they resign and hand Bangladesh Cricket over to BCCI then?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 24, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    i think this proposal will be accepted. some deals will be offered and more importantly, they will not go against it if they are unsure about it. for example, any 2 or 3 will not vote against it if they are unsure that they will not get more votes to oppose. because they will be cornered in that case.

    its more like a situation at the moment where every1 is looking to grab whatever they can

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | January 24, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Instead of criticising bcci fans shud look at their own respective board. If at all bcci is doing wrong y cant other board like bcb can vote against bcci. So here if anyone is culprit then its boards from other countries and not bcci

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    well said nasim ahmed, liza khan. winning the series against SL can put BD in the 9th rank.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | January 24, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    What short sighted "wisdom" by them. You're happy by just getting to 8? Do you think any of the top 3 will given you any test matches? Come on wake-up, think in long term!

  • POSTED BY khanofcricket on | January 24, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    It's time BCB develops spine and start making their own decisions rather than seeing which way the wind is blowing and go along with that. Following this policy will only lead to failure and embarrassment in the long run. Be a MAN!!!

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | January 24, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    "Bangladesh could still play bilateral series with the top eight if they align with India"- what a lame excuse! Stooping so low with supine hands. Then beggars being choosers to play top eight - with the 'help' from the nation that has been the most resentful to pay even the 'FTP-rations' to the poor - what an irony! What do these BCB jokers think of us Bangladeshi fans?

    "The reality for the BCB is that we cannot afford to go against the BCCI," the BCB director said. Why don't they resign and hand Bangladesh Cricket over to BCCI then?

    Do we even live in an independent country? Is this worth the lives of the martyred freedom fighters?

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Big 3: Aus, Eng, Ind, as well as NZ too. So out of ten test playing nation rest of four (Pak, WI, SA & SL) already statement against the draft. Only ZIM & BD are still keeping silent. I thing ZIM & BD are the key factor now. So BCB have to decide as soon as possible that where they want to go. As supporter of global cricket along with Bangladesh cricket, I must say this is ridiculous & horrible draft as ever seen.

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man on | January 24, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 Absolutely right. Guys understand the position of bcb. If they go against bcci and this draft gets rejected then surly they will be cornered by big3. Even in current ftp they r not getting enough matches to play. And going against draft doesnt garuntee them more matches. India is sheduled to play odi series in bangladesh in june. So bang might not get it if they vote against this draft. Before thinking of world cricket bcb will think of bangladesh cricket. To develope it they need more money.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | January 24, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Bangladesh have two problems here. First, they cannot do anything on their own; second, they are pretty much on the fringe of being 'pushed' to 'associate status given their lack of noteworthy performances in test cricket for over 13 years. What this means is that BCB simply can't afford to open their mouth for any matter. Indeed they are forced to depend upon other members. It's a sad reality for Bangladesh and more so given the security issues present in the country at this moment. I think the BCB are focused on the Asia Cup and World T20 at the moment. They want to host these two tournaments without any problems.

  • POSTED BY Atish_Man on | January 24, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 Absolutely right. Guys understand the BCB's position. In current FTP anyways they are not getting enough matches. If we assume that bcb goes against this draft and it gets rejected. Then Bcci will definitely corner bcb. India is sheduled to tour bangladesh in june for odi series . So they might not get it. Also going with SA , PCB, and SLC dont garuntee enough matches for them. Before world cricket they will think about bangladesh cricket. And dont thing they will b wrong.

  • POSTED BY fahim_28 on | January 24, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    I dont support the speeches of mr.Nazmul. As a bangladeshi , i cant accept the unfair resolution what can demonish out test career. I dont know why he is saying this. If the resolution get passed for our vote, then they should resign from board because they are not our representative.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Mr. Nazmul is in charge mainly due to his political connection with current Awami league government. He is a wealthy businessman/politician, who only cares about filling his pockets and not what's good for Bangladesh Cricket. Anyhow, even Indian fans who support their boards approach to this have to ask themselves, do they really believe Srini and co are doing this for the betterment of Indian cricket or themselves!! It's just pure greed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Situation so far. Ind, Eng and Aus brought the proposal and are for the proposal. NZ and WI have indicated they will vote for it. SA clearly against it. Pak privately against it. SL & Ban need more time, which basically means they need time to negotiate a good deal from the Big three for their future tours. Which leaves ZBW alone. By adding SA into the top group (which was already planned for as they did not have them in the other 6 countries in the draft) SA can be silenced. SL, BAN and PAK will be offered some tours from the Big three - minus (though India might still not tour BNG and PAK home series will be in UAE) which will be mostly accepted by these three. So as Hasan said the proposal will pass unanimously. These cricket boards have started to reflect more and more real politics between nations and I like it less and less.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Based on response of others? dont they have any brain?

  • POSTED BY kentjones on | January 23, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Hassan where is your pride in country? YOu are selling the country's soul for a few pieces of silver!

  • POSTED BY SAhme18 on | January 23, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Sorry to see BCB looking at the short term gain (T20 world cup) over long term loss. BD has never traveled to India; Australia and England are always rescheduling tours, what makes these politician/administrator think, they will now every travel to BD or let BD team travel to their country. BD crickets need to stand up against this bad decision.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | January 23, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Cannot believe test careers of the likes of Tamim, Shakib and Mominul could be ruined. Every country including i.e. Faroe Islands has a right to play Test Cricket. Did you know a Bangladesh player named Gazi was the only ever test cricketer to score a 100 and take a hat trick in 100+ years of test Cricket? I might as well give up on Cricket since future of the sport will look bleak with these sad proposals.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    I think that they will side with BCCI and in return will get a tour of India... but once again, why people dont understand... is that short-term gain is useless if in the long-term there is trouble!

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    If the proposal -- brought forward by India, Australia and England -- is adopted, as things stand, Bangladesh will not play Tests for eight years. After eight years of playing four-day cricket against Associate Member nations, if they finish on top of the eight-team ranking field they will play the bottom-ranked team of the top tier in Tests (which they would not have played for eight years) for a chance at a promotion. If India, England and Australia (who according to the proposal cannot be relegated) form the three lowest teams in the top tier, then Bangladesh will have to face the fifth-ranked side

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | January 23, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    What is the point of having the right to vote if our vote is going to be based on the votes of other nations? What values do we have?

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    And when BCCI decides to turn their back on you once your purpose is served, what will happen then?

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 23, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Even if Bangladesh are demoted to tier 2 and cannot plays 'official' tests, I still want to see upto 30 ODIs and 15 T20s against all teams then otherwise all that hardwork in improving will be undone. Cricket is the number 1 sport in Bangladesh now with over a 100 million fans and we must not be deprived of Cricket otherwise Cricket is over for Bangladesh. I don't mind lots of limited over series with the likes of Ireland but I also want to see limited overs series against the likes of England and especially India.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | January 23, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    I cannot believe what I'm reading! We, Bangladeshis, take pride in what we do. If we can climb up on that ranking, we will play test cricket. If we don't, we won't play. Simple! BCB should not kiss up to any other cricket boards. Those BCB members who do, they can resign. They do not represent me, or any other cricket fans from Bangladesh. Shame on those who are afraid of being cornered, especially knowing they would be doing the right thing by opposing BCCI.

  • POSTED BY S.R.Khan on | January 23, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Bangladesh see hardly any cricket as it is, no matter how well they play. This proposal might actually see them play a little more cricket than they do now. Also Nazmul Hassan iis right: Under the current system, Bangladesh have no hope in hell of moving beyond the No. 9 ranking unless they beat IND, AUS, ENG, RSA, PAK and SL in every series for the next five years. That is an impossible proposition for anyone, let alone Bangladesh. And it is made all the more impossible by the fact that BAN hardly ever get to play those countries.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 23, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    This is a good decision. Many people here are unhappy about BCB not responding about it now but we have to be realistic. Lets assume BCB says NO to this draft ad everyone else says yes than what will happen? We'll lose support of India and also we could end up losing T20 WC from home. What if we say yes to it and Majority country says no? Than this draft wont pass anyway so why is that some people expecting BCB to take a strong step against the big names. The top 3 needs 4 more countries and if they dont have it than it'll not pass. So we should just wait if they dont get 4 more vote we dont even have to respond to it. I'm with BCB here. No point getting into fight you are not prepared to win

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  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | January 23, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    This is a good decision. Many people here are unhappy about BCB not responding about it now but we have to be realistic. Lets assume BCB says NO to this draft ad everyone else says yes than what will happen? We'll lose support of India and also we could end up losing T20 WC from home. What if we say yes to it and Majority country says no? Than this draft wont pass anyway so why is that some people expecting BCB to take a strong step against the big names. The top 3 needs 4 more countries and if they dont have it than it'll not pass. So we should just wait if they dont get 4 more vote we dont even have to respond to it. I'm with BCB here. No point getting into fight you are not prepared to win

  • POSTED BY S.R.Khan on | January 23, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Bangladesh see hardly any cricket as it is, no matter how well they play. This proposal might actually see them play a little more cricket than they do now. Also Nazmul Hassan iis right: Under the current system, Bangladesh have no hope in hell of moving beyond the No. 9 ranking unless they beat IND, AUS, ENG, RSA, PAK and SL in every series for the next five years. That is an impossible proposition for anyone, let alone Bangladesh. And it is made all the more impossible by the fact that BAN hardly ever get to play those countries.

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | January 23, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    I cannot believe what I'm reading! We, Bangladeshis, take pride in what we do. If we can climb up on that ranking, we will play test cricket. If we don't, we won't play. Simple! BCB should not kiss up to any other cricket boards. Those BCB members who do, they can resign. They do not represent me, or any other cricket fans from Bangladesh. Shame on those who are afraid of being cornered, especially knowing they would be doing the right thing by opposing BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | January 23, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Even if Bangladesh are demoted to tier 2 and cannot plays 'official' tests, I still want to see upto 30 ODIs and 15 T20s against all teams then otherwise all that hardwork in improving will be undone. Cricket is the number 1 sport in Bangladesh now with over a 100 million fans and we must not be deprived of Cricket otherwise Cricket is over for Bangladesh. I don't mind lots of limited over series with the likes of Ireland but I also want to see limited overs series against the likes of England and especially India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    And when BCCI decides to turn their back on you once your purpose is served, what will happen then?

  • POSTED BY hasib9 on | January 23, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    What is the point of having the right to vote if our vote is going to be based on the votes of other nations? What values do we have?

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    If the proposal -- brought forward by India, Australia and England -- is adopted, as things stand, Bangladesh will not play Tests for eight years. After eight years of playing four-day cricket against Associate Member nations, if they finish on top of the eight-team ranking field they will play the bottom-ranked team of the top tier in Tests (which they would not have played for eight years) for a chance at a promotion. If India, England and Australia (who according to the proposal cannot be relegated) form the three lowest teams in the top tier, then Bangladesh will have to face the fifth-ranked side

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    I think that they will side with BCCI and in return will get a tour of India... but once again, why people dont understand... is that short-term gain is useless if in the long-term there is trouble!

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | January 23, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Cannot believe test careers of the likes of Tamim, Shakib and Mominul could be ruined. Every country including i.e. Faroe Islands has a right to play Test Cricket. Did you know a Bangladesh player named Gazi was the only ever test cricketer to score a 100 and take a hat trick in 100+ years of test Cricket? I might as well give up on Cricket since future of the sport will look bleak with these sad proposals.

  • POSTED BY SAhme18 on | January 23, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Sorry to see BCB looking at the short term gain (T20 world cup) over long term loss. BD has never traveled to India; Australia and England are always rescheduling tours, what makes these politician/administrator think, they will now every travel to BD or let BD team travel to their country. BD crickets need to stand up against this bad decision.