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Mustafa Kamal confirmed as ICC vice-president

Mohammad Isam

October 9, 2012

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Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president, at the ICC board meeting, Dubai, October 12, 2010
Mustafa Kamal will the be the ICC's last vice-president and it's first ceremonial president © Getty Images

Mustafa Kamal, the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), will take over as the ICC's vice-president and later president, remaining a ceremonial part of the administration in keeping with the restructuring that is set to take place over the next two years. The ICC's executive board accepted his nomination, made jointly by the BCB and the Pakistan Cricket Board at the start of its meeting in Colombo on Tuesday.

Kamal will now take over as the vice-president for 2012-14 and then succeed Alan Isaac as president for 2014-15 over a 12-month period. This means that Kamal will have to immediately stand down as president of his home board, with the BCB's elections due sometime in late November.

Kamal's elevation to the post of vice-president was delayed by three months as it was being debated whether the post of vice-president remained relevant in the light of the restructuring. The ICC formally changed its administrative structures at its annual conference in June, which has made way for the creation of a post of a chairman, who will have greater executive powers and head the board; the post of president will subsequently become a largely ceremonial one, with a one-year term, and the post of vice-president will be abolished. The ICC will appoint its first chairman at the end of Isaac's term in 2014, meaning Kamal would be its first ceremonial president.

After the ICC's June conference, it was stated that Kamal would have to present his case that the vice-presidency was indeed still relevant and he is known to have made a 15-minute presentation before the board on Tuesday, underlining his philosophies and plans for the two-year position. He said later he was thankful to the ICC, BCB and PCB for the honour of his nomination and to the "160 million people of Bangladesh" for their support. "I will do what's necessary for the betterment of world cricket," he said.

Kamal will in effect be the last ICC vice-president. After his presidency term ends, the ceremonial president will an 'ideal candidate', and not picked via zonal nominations as is currently the case. This is, the fourth time since 1996 that the ICC has amended its method of appointing a president and the role he plays.

The BCB could not immediately confirm who would replace Kamal until their elections in November. A source in the board told ESPNcricinfo that either the government will appoint a successor (Kamal himself was a government-appointed BCB president) or the senior vice-president, Mahbubul Anam, may be slotted into the president's role for the interim.

A proposed BCB constitutional amendment, which has been sent to the National Sports Council for ratification, states that the next BCB president is to be elected democratically. The most widely discussed successors to Kamal's post at the moment are Saber Hossain Chowdhury (a former BCB president) and Nazmul Hasan (the son of the country's president Zillur Rahman) who is the chairman of one of the leading Bangladesh cricket clubs, Abahani Cricket.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by halimran on (October 10, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Best of Luck...make us Proud..

Posted by ransr5 on (October 10, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Go kamal. Make BD proud....... this is time,,, u do some good stuff for bd cricket, cricket in asia and in whole the world cricket. and send bd to pak tour. ..... Fast_Track_Bully: dude you posted 2 different comments, not sure what u implying, u love or u have bd cricket or do you hate cricket overall.....

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Even he can't speak either in Bengali or in English! He should not be in world stage in representing any org of this depth!! Sorry.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 10, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

@JohnChang. Correction in ur statement. I do not like BD FANS.No issues with BD or BD cricket team.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

The problem is though that this guy doesn't know anything about Cricket. I've just read reports on his presentation on why he should be elected and he only talked about himself rather about the vision he has for Cricket :)

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 10, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

All he had to do was say YES to BCCI and NO to tour Pakistan..BINGO..he gets now the vice president post. Hail BCCI :).

Posted by Mendezjude on (October 10, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

What can Bangladesh do for world cricket???? If fact a lot more then some of the others who have been playing tests for decades. Bangladesh has become a fullmember only 12 years ago. They understand associate cricket more then anyother full member does. They can help cricket become a truly global sport. Help associates with the history and culture to stepup and go to the next level. Teams like USA, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, P&G and Malaysia have it in them to achieve what Bangladesh did in the year 2000. These countries need training and expertise in installation and maintaining of natural turf wickets. Building a culture to play on turf wickets have a culture of playing the multiple innings format domestically at a semi-pro level at the least. If Ireland and Kenya can play tests Ther will compete with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh for that 8th or 9th spot and it shall be great for the world audience.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

We are really proud of you Mr. Mustafa Kamal.

Posted by dulabhai on (October 10, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully..You don't like BD but still you read every news piece on BD. It must be doing something good!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

I am also advising BCB president would be nominated Mr Saber Hossen Chowdhury. He is nice person and has cricket knowledge to develop our cricket forward. BD should not include any polities in Cricket selecting BCB President. So we chose the right people who love to improve our cricket by hard working. We want to see BD national team a strong team. Same time I requested to BCB to remove present coach R. Pybus .He will bring down our cricket gradually. His intension not so good better take earlier decision. Remember that only cricket makes us happy sometimes not anything else.

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