The Bangladesh Cricket Board should hold elections to elect its president if it wants to see the development of cricket, former BCB president Saber Hossain Chowdhury said on Friday. The president of the cricket board is now selected by the government.
Saber, who ran the board from 1996 to 2001, said this as he was talking on how to make the board more effective during the opening of Schwan, a restaurant owned by Mohammad Ashraful, at Basabo in Dhaka.
‘I think that the president of the board should be elected,’ Saber told reporters.
‘In the 2000 extraordinary general meeting in Cox’s Bazar, we proposed that the president of the board should be elected,’ Saber said.
‘I think that it will again be a case of nomination but the sooner we go for an elected body of the board, the better,’ he added.
Saber thinks that the government should not have the total control over the board as the board is not dependent on government as other federations are.
‘When a federation is dependent on the government, there remains the scope for the government to be in control. As the cricket board is not dependent on the government, it should not be controlled by the government,’ Saber said.
‘I think that the annual budget of the board might be bigger than that of the National Sports Council. I think that time has come and the board should come out of government control. The board might have an observer of the government,’ he said.
Saber also said that the board had not given any clear picture of its vision, which is a must to assess its progress. ‘Even if it has any such vision, it is not clear.’
‘We see nothing called vision of the board. When I was on the board, we also failed to see where we want see the Bangladesh cricket in 10 years,’ he said.
He asked the board to give importance to setting the goals and to work to achieve the goals in time.
‘The board should also give importance to goals and their achievement,’ Saber said.
-With New Age input