Minhajul Abedin appointed Bangladesh chief selector

Minhajul Abedin (left) will join Habibul Bashar on the new Bangladesh selection panel BCB

The BCB appointed Minhajul Abedin as the new chief selector two days after Faruque Ahmed announced his resignation from the post. Abedin has been a selector since 2011. Habibul Bashar, who was to take care of women's selection, has been brought back to his old position as selector for the men's senior team.

"We have appointed Minhajul Abedin as the chief selector," BCB president Nazmul Hassan said. "We have also brought back Habibul Bashar to this panel after we had asked him to be the women's selector, because we have lost Faruque."

At a board meeting on Sunday, the BCB expanded the selection panel to also include include head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, team manager Khaled Mahmud and cricket operations chairman Akram Khan.

Faruque had been named chief selector, but stepped down hours after the announcement saying the new system wouldn't help Bangladesh cricket. He felt involvement of board members in the selection process would be too much of an interference.

BCB chief Nazmul Hassan defended the change saying, "there wasn't a single time that I didn't have to interfere with the team Faruque submitted to me. We had to sit with them every time. So I have created this new system so that I have minimum interference in selection."

Abedin was happy to take on the mantle of chief selector. He was considered one of Bangladesh's best batsmen prior to their achieving Test status in 2000. He has played 27 ODIs as well and led the team in the 1990 Asia Cup.

"If there were any interferences we wouldn't be able to work in the last five years," Abedin said. "I think it is better not to think about these things and try to take Bangladesh cricket forward. I think the new system is more like what we have been doing previously where we have to approve the team from the cricket operations chairman and then to the board president."