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I won’t have any panel, says Nazmul

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 22 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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I won’t have any panel, says Nazmul
BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon along with other directors observes a minute’s silence before the start of their 12th meeting of the Board in memory of eminent cricket coach Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury at the home of cricket in Mirpur in the capital on Tuesday. – BCB PHOTO

The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s outgoing president Nazmul Hassan Papon announced on Tuesday that he won’t have any panel in the upcoming board of directors’ election, scheduled next month.

“I won’t have any panel,” Nazmul told reporters after the last board meeting of his third term as president held at the BCB office in Mirpur.

“I told you earlier that this election will be different and probably for the first time there will be no panel of mine and anyone can contest because there will be an election and whoever wins can come in the board.

“If I win I will come to the board as a director and after that my first request will be I don’t want to be BCB president…but I don’t know what will happen next.

“Every time there is a panel and after announcing the panel no one seems to be interested in contesting the election but now no one can claim that he is my candidate.

“When the panel is announced no one comes forward and as a result, everyone is elected unopposed but I want an election open for all.

“If I stay at the BCB what I feel is that no one will challenge me for the president post until I die and that is not a good thing. But I expect whoever comes to the board should challenge me (for president post),” he added.

The announcement of Nazmul made it clear that the upcoming BCB election will be free and any councillor can contest for the post of director in the upcoming election.

Nazmul also said that he will be more than happy if he sees anyone coming up and challenging him in the post of BCB president after they are elected as directors in the upcoming election.

“Whoever comes to the board should challenge me and someone should say that he wants to be the president but no one says that. That is not a good sign.

“We should have a pipeline of leaders and there should be new leaders with new ideas but unfortunately no one is ready to come forward and take the challenge,” he added.

Similar to past elections, a total of 25 directors will be elected through votes from 171 councillors of various entities from around the country.

Agrani Bank Cricket Club, Dhaka University and Barisal Education Board failed to submit the councillorship forms on the last day on Monday.

23 directors will be elected through votes from these 171 councillors while the National Sports Council, the sports regulatory body in Bangladesh, will select the remaining two directors.

Meanwhile, Nazmul also said that there will be no vice-captain in Bangladesh team during the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup as he feels it will be insulting if he made any senior cricketer as the deputy of Mahmudullah.

“We don’t have any plan to announce a vice-captain because we have Mahmudullah as our captain but we can’t make Mushfiqur Rahim or Shakib Al Hasan his deputy. As there are so many seniors there is no point giving this added responsibility,” he said.

Nazmul added that they replied negatively to the PCB when they requested them to send the national team for a series involving Sri Lanka and hosts Pakistan after New Zealand decided to call off the tour due to security reasons.

“The cricketers are continuously in the bio-bubble and after playing successive series now they are having a 20-day break because they have to enter a new bubble for a long time.

“We said we can’t send the T20 squad (to Pakistan) because we don’t have the time to prepare them now before the World Cup.

“We are planning to send the team to Oman and we will be playing three practice matches there. All these things would not happen if we had accepted the request to tour Pakistan,” he added.