Sujon ready to trade ‘BCB Director’ for ‘Head Coach’ | 2019-07-14

Sujon ready to trade ‘BCB Director’ for ‘Head Coach’

Sports Correspondent

14 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Sujon ready to trade ‘BCB Director’ for ‘Head Coach’

Bangladesh National Cricket Team former technical director Khaled Mahmud said on Sunday that he is ready to step down from being a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Director if he is given the role of Head Coach on long term contact to avoid conflict of interest.

Mahmud was appointed as team’s Technical Director during the Tri-nation Series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and the following bilateral series against Sri Lanka in 2017.

BCB appointed Sujon to guide the team following their former head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s retreat in the middle of his tenure to join Sri Lanka in the same capacity.

Mahmud became the first director-cum-coach in world cricket but not without any criticism attached to it as there were allegations of conflict of interest.

Mahmud had been on the receiving end since being appointed as team director considering he is also involved in several other capacities in Bangladesh’s cricket landscape.

It went to such an extent that Mahmud decided to step down from the post ahead of the series concluding two-match Twenty20 series.

At that time the exclusion of Mossadek Hossain in the second Test and his coaching Dhaka Abahani Limited in Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL), country’s leading club based 50-over tournament, came in for a lot of criticism given Mahmud’s association with the club in that edition of the tournament.

Mahmud said then that he is not interested to continue as the technical director of Tigers as it was getting dirty with the media alleging that he was exercising his power at the expense of conflict of interest.

Bangladesh is going through a similar crisis at this point of time after BCB recently parted ways with their Head Coach Steve Rhodes terming it as mutual separation and according to BCB sources Mahmud is the front runner to fill the post on interim basis.

However, Mahmud said that he is quit from the BCB director’s post if board offers him the head coach role for a long term basis.

“I am ready to step down as BCB director if board offers me the role for a long term basis,” Mahmud told daily sun on Sunday after an intense batting session with Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital.

“Last time there were lots of talks regarding conflict of interest when I was appointed as the team director so now I feel that if I am given the role of the Head Coach on long term contract it is better to step down as BCB director to avoid such criticism,” he said.

“Look you cannot be a decision maker as well as be an employee of the board,” he said.

“When I am given the role of Head Coach on long term basis I will certainly be an employee of the board and will be accountable to them. If I am also a director than that will become a problem,” he said.

“Coaching is my passion and for that I am willing to sacrifice a lot of things,” he said. Sujon is currently also the BCB Game Development Wing Chairman.

Mahmud added that according to him the long term role implies that his contract must run until the ICC World Cup 2023 or at least till the upcoming World Twenty20 in 2020 because he feels that he will need some time to make his plans as well as execute them.

BCB is expected to hold a board meeting in this month where it will be decided how they want to fulfill the void of Rhodes.