Kamal Ziaul Islam, Chairman, Nirman International and a former President of Bangladesh Cricket Board, breathed his last in Dhaka on Monday. He was 86 years old.
Islam, popularly known as KZ Islam, is credited with inspiring the age group cricket structure in Bangladesh through the introduction of the Nirman School Cricket Tournament, a popular school cricket tournament in the 1980s and 1990s.He was at the helm of BCB (former BCCB) from January 30, 1983 to February 18, 1987.
BCB expressed deep bereavement at the passing away of their former President and extended condolences and sympathies to his family.
“He was a pioneer and Bangladesh cricket will forever be grateful to him for his vision and belief. He patronised and encouraged age-group cricket with the Nirman School tournament during a period when the game was far from being a professional sport. Because of resourceful personalities like him, so many budding players could dream of becoming cricketers and cricket reached every corner of the country,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon was quoted in a press release.
BCB also decided to fly its’ flag half-mast today as a mark of respect to the Late KZ Islam.