2 Years Of BCB Committee : Professionalism still a far cry

The current elected committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board will complete its two years today feeling fortunate as the on-field success of national cricket team provided a cover for its many failures.
The committee, which was elected on October 10, 2013, had had a turbulent time in its first year at the office when it had to encounter both on and off the field problems.Bangladesh had their longest losing streak in many years in 2014 and had to wait for the home series against Zimbabwe in October to register their first win against a Test playing country in the year.
In the meantime, the BCB had to tackle the Bangladesh Premier League match-fixing issue and take a disciplinary action against country’s premier cricketer Sakib al Hasan at least twice.
It also had to take a position in the International Council, which saw a massive constitutional change with the so-called Big Three India, Australia and England taking control of the of body.
However, things changed dramatically at the Bangladesh Cricket Board office at Mirpur after national team started to bring some success starting with the Zimbabwe series.
The BCB deserved some credit for the changes as it took a serious gamble which paid off to an unthinkable level.
The decision to split the national team captaincy proved to be a masterstroke as Mashrafee bin Murtaza changed the complexion of limited-over side after taking over from Mushfiqur Rahim.
BCB’s decision to send the Tigers to Australia for the World Cup early also reaped rich benefits as Bangladesh achieved their maiden quarter-final berth in the tournament.
It raised the confidence of the Tigers, who later crushed Pakistan, India and South Africa in consecutive series to move to seventh in one-day rankings and qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy.
But all of these successes came at an expense.
The BCB officials were mostly busy basking in the success having been oblivious of their other responsibilities that may hurt Bangladesh’s cricket in the long run.
Nazmul Hasan, the first elected BCB president, has become increasingly authoritarian, creating rifts within the BCB. Nazmul appeared to have interfered in everything, starting from who to speak in the press conference to who will play in a certain game or who will make a certain tour.
It left some of his veteran BCB colleagues feeling alienated as they have virtually no job to do.
While the BCB has a constitutional obligation of holding at least one meeting every month, it could hold just 12 in the past 24 months with the last two meetings having a six-month gap.
As a result, BCB had to give post-facto approval for many financial dealings, including dozens in the last meeting that raised a question about transparency.
The BCB formed a working committee in January with Enayet Hossain Siraj as its chairman. The committee had the authority to make decisions on behalf of the executive committee, but not a single meeting of the working committee was held in last eight months.
There has been no progress in forming the regional cricket associations, which is another constitutional obligation for the BCB. A welfare trust for cricketers, coaches and umpires that had been proposed by the previous board is also yet to see the light.
The BCB also demonstrated massive failure in the marketing front as it could not sell a Bangladesh Cricket League franchise even in two years. The television and marketing deal that it struck with a local channel also yielded half-the price of an estimation made by an Australian consultant, hired by the board.
When Nazmul took over as elected president, he promised to run the board in a professional manner, bring transparency and establish accountability for everyone involved.
With the board completing half of its four-year tenure, professionalism, transparency and accountability are among the few things mostly missing.

-With New Age input

Related News

Dona Ganguly diagnosed with chikungunya

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Dona Ganguly, wife of Sourav Ganguly, President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday after being diagnosed with chikungunya. As per reports, she was rushed to Woodlands hospital after showing symptoms of the virus. The acclaimed Indian Odissi ... Read more

Nepalese cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is in custody for rape

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Sandeep Lamichhane, a former captain for Nepal, returned home on Thursday (October 6) to defend himself against rape allegations made against him about a month ago. Lamichhane, who has denied all the allegations, was immediately arrested, according to Dinesh Raj Mainali, a spokeswoman for Kathmandu District Police, spoke to AFP news ... Read more

Bangla Wash T20I tri-nation series logo unveiled

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The official logo of the Bangla Wash Twenty20 International tri-nation cricket series was unveiled in a ceremony held at a city hotel on Wednesday. Bangladesh, Pakistan and hosts New Zealand will compete in the series to be held at Christchurch from October 7 to 14. The title sponsor of the series ... Read more

Women’s team look to make turnaround

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh national women’s team will be looking to move up in the order when they take on their Malaysian counterparts during their third match of the ongoing Women’s T20 Asia Cup at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today. The match is scheduled to start at 1:30pm and will be telecast live ... Read more

We are not thinking of results: Nurul

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh vice-captain Nurul Hasan said that he was not concerned about the results, rather he was focusing on the process in the approaching tri-nation series starting in Christchurch on Friday. Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the series opener at 8:00am Bangladesh Standard Time and T Sports will telecast the game ... Read more

BCB explains Shakib’s absence in trophy unveiling

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan missed the trophy unveiling for the forthcoming tri-nation series, including New Zealand and Pakistan, and this absence in the unveiling ceremony has caused much criticism in the country’s cricket arena. Instead of Shakib, Tigers’ vice-captain Nurul Hasan Sohan was present at the unveiling ceremony along with ... Read more

Joty nominated for ICC Women’s Player of the Month award

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh women’s team captain Nigar Sultana Joty has been nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award, as the International Cricket Council announced the nominees for the month of September on Wednesday. Joty guided the Bangladesh to victory in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers in the United ... Read more

ICC announces schedule for women’s T20 world cup

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the schedule for the massive tournament on Monday, and Bangladesh will play Sri Lanka in their first match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on February 12 of next year in Capetown. The eighth iteration of the competition will get underway on February 10, ... Read more

Tigers depart for New Zealand

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com At 11:55 pm yesterday, Bangladesh boarded a flight to Christchurch to compete in a tri-nation series, also attended by hosts New Zealand and Pakistan. The Tigers are expected to reach Christchurch on October 2 ahead of the opening game of the series against Pakistan at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, the ... Read more

Bangladesh begin title defence with nine-wicket win

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh began their title defence of the Women’s Asia Cup in style with a crushing nine-wicket win over Thailand in the opening match of the eighth edition of the tournament at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Opener Shamima Sultana’s 49 off 30 balls propelled the hosts to the winning ... Read more

‘Our target is to retain the trophy’

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The eighth edition of the Women’s Asia Cup begins today with defending champions and hosts Bangladesh taking on Thailand at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet. The game is slated to begin at 9:00am before the opening day’s second fixture sees India take on Sri Lanka from 1:30pm at the ... Read more

Bangladesh wants to compete as a team

Women’s Asia Cup begins today Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh women’s cricket team wants to play as a unit so that they can retain the crown of the Women’s Asia Cup starting today in Sylhet. Hosts Bangladesh will begin their campaign when they take on Thailand in the opening match of the tournament at the ... Read more

Tigers sweep T20I series against UAE

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Mosaddek Hossain played a key role with both bat and ball as Bangladesh beat United Arab Emirates by 32 runs at the Dubai international stadium on Tuesday to sweep the two-match T20 series. Bangladesh made 169-5 after opener Mehidy Hasan’s 46 off 37 balls provided a solid platform before Mosaddek (27) ... Read more

BCB names team for Women’s T20 Asia Cup

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 15-member squad for the Women’s T20 Asia Cup, to be held in Sylhet from October 1 to 15. The hosts, led by Nigar Sultana Joty, will play in the opening fixture of the competition against Thailand at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Ground 2 ... Read more

BPL names seven franchisees for the next three editions

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 Governing Council has asked seven companies to complete the process of acquiring franchise ownership for the next three (9th, 10th and 11th) editions of the league on Sunday, according to a press release from the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Although there were rumours, two of the ... Read more

Bangladesh wins the first T20I after a valiant effort, UAE just falls short

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Shoriful Islam picked up two wickets in consecutive deliveries in the final over as Bangladesh secured a hard-fought seven run win over the UAE in their first of the two-match Twenty20 international series in Dubai on Sunday. Trying to overhaul Bangladesh’s 158-5, the hosts started the final over needing 11 runs ... Read more

Bangladeshi women secure World Cup spot

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh defended a modest target of 121 runs and emerged unbeaten champions in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers, beating Ireland by seven runs in the final at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Irish all-rounder Arlene Kelly threatened to take the game away from the Tigresses ... Read more

We are main contenders to qualify, says Joty

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Nigar Sultana Joty, the captain of Bangladesh, believes that her team is a “prime contender” to advance for the main event from the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, which gets underway today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh national women’s team will also start their tournament campaign on the ... Read more

Adamant Mahmudullah rejects offer of retirement

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Former Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah turned down a Bangladesh Cricket Board proposal to retire gracefully from the field, an official said on Thursday. BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told New Age that they had offered Mahmudullah to retire from the field with a match in the forthcoming tri-nation series in New ... Read more

Shakib reclaims T20I all-rounder top spot

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has reclaimed the top spot in the T20I all-rounder rankings, according to the weekly rankings revealed by the International cricket Council on Wednesday. Shakib overtook Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi, who has seen a reduction of six rating points. Nabi now has a rating point of 246 ... Read more