Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) elections were held amid pleasant environment as Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Syed Ashfaqul Islam from Dhaka Division and Alamgir Hossain Alo from Barisal Division were elected according to unofficial result announcement on Tuesday.
BCB Chief Election Commissioner Md Omar Faruk unofficially announced the result at BCB media lounge in afternoon. Election results will officially declared on Wednesday.
Voting started on 10:00pm as stated in the election schedule. Dhaka Division candidates Naimur Rahman Durjoy and Syed Ashfaqul Islam won with 13 votes and 5 votes were casted for Alamgir Hossain from Barisal as he won from Barisal Division.
Among the elected directors Ashfaqul Islam was the dark horse and surprised everyone by knocking out heavyweights like Tanvir Ahmed Tito and Shahinul Islam. Underdogs also reigned in Barisal Division as incumbent BCB director Abdul Awal Chowdhury lost to a spirited Alamgir Hossain.
Syed Ashfaqul Islam surprised everyone by coming to the centre stage from relative obscurity rather quickly. After being elected, he expressed his goals for resuming the district cricket leagues.
“We need to strengthen district cricket leagues. Star cricketers like Mashrafe, Mustafizur are the products of the district leagues. My objective will be to direct BCB funds to these leagues and strengthen it,” said Ashfaqul Islam.
Veteran sports activist and former footballer Alamgir Hossain Alo was the other stunner of the day. He stated that he was determined not to lose and hopes to bring back Barisal Division’s golden days of cricketing glory.
“In my career I never gave walkover to any team, I also did not give up here as well. Barisal didn’t have a venue even in National Cricket League for the last 3 seasons.”
“I will represent Barisal Division properly and make sure that our issues are solved. I hope to bring back life to the cricketing structure of Barisal,” said Alamgir
According to the recently ratified constitution, 25 directors will constitute the board among which two National Sports Council has been approved the quota of 2 directors.
20 directors were elected unopposed on Monday. Election took place for the remainder of the three positions of directorship. Among them, two posts were for Dhaka Division and one for Barisal Division.
Four contestants fought it out in Dhaka Division whereas Barisal Division witnessed 2 contestants struggle for the single post.
The number of eligible voters in Dhaka Division and Barisal Division were 18 and 7 respectively.
Along with former national captain Naimur Rahman Durjoy, three other contestants in Dhaka Division were Tanvir Ahmed Tito from Narayanganj, Ashfaqul Islam, and Shahinul Islam Bhuiyan from Narsingdi. Earlier on Sunday, Junaid Hossain from Munshiganj, who was another candidate for directorship withdrew his nomination.
Two directors were elected from Dhaka Division. Durjoy, being a former skipper, Member of Parliament and BCB director was the clear favourite. The fight for the remaining position was hugely competitive.
Barisal Division witnessed fierce contest as former BCB Director Abdul Awal Chowdhury take on Alamgir Hossain Alo.
Meanwhile Ahmed Sajjadul Alam and Enayet Husain Siraj were nominated by NSC for the BCB directorship.
Dhaka Division: Naimur Rahman Durjoy MP, Syed Ashfaqul Islam,
Chittagong Division: Akram Khan and AJM Nasiruddin,
Sylhet Division: Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel,
Khulna Division: Kazi Inam Ahmed and Sheikh Sohel,
Rajshahi Division: M Saiful Alam Chowdhury,
Rangpur Division: Advocate Anwarul Islam,
Barisal Division: Alamgir Hossain Alo
Afzalur Rahman Sinha, Gazi Golam Mortuza, M Hanif Bhuiyan, Ismail Haider Mallick, Mohammad Jalal Younus, M Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan, Mahbubul Anam, Manjur Kader, Najib Ahmed, Nazmul Hassan Papon MP, Shawkat Aziz Russell and Tanjil Chowdhury.
Khaled Mahmud Sujon