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BCB president announces selection process revamp

BCB president Nazmul Hassan addresses the media BCB

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said that the job of selecting Bangladesh's representative teams will henceforth be divided between a three-member selection panel and a selection committee. The panel will select a squad and take it to the committee for further discussion, before the final outcome is submitted for the president's approval. This would now make selection of any representative team a three-step process.

Hassan said that the coach, the manager and the chairman of the cricket operations committee would be included in the proposed selection committee.

"The selection panel will continue to have three selectors," Hassan said. "One of the three would be the chief selector. They will select the squad. There will also be a selection committee, which will consist of the three selectors - the coach, the team operations manager and the cricket operations committee chairman as the convenor of the selection committee.

"The head coach would inform the selectors beforehand of his strategy and what type of players he would require for a particular series. The manager would be presenting the opinion of the captain and vice-captain. They will all sit in a meeting, in which they will sign off the team and send it to me. There won't be any disagreements."

Hassan said that this ended all discussions about the expansion of the selection committee, and the proposal is now awaiting the board of directors' approval. Having been initiated by the board's working committee, the proposal to bifurcate selection responsibilities was further considered by the technical committee, before Hassan and some BCB directors met with Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha to discuss it further on Sunday.

In an apparent softening of his earlier position, Hassan said that the coach isn't bound to watch domestic matches.

"The coach isn't bound to watch the matches. But if he is in Dhaka, he will watch domestic matches. He wants to watch the [Dhaka Premier League] matches tomorrow," he said.