Thursday, 2 December, 2021

Bright and dark sides of BCB election

Bright and dark sides of BCB election
Newly-elected Bangladesh Cricket Board Director Nazmul Hassan Papon speaks to media after securing victory in the Board of Directors’ election in Mirpur on Wednesday. – BCB PHOTO

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There was a festive mood all-around at the home of cricket as the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s election drama unfolded at Mirpur on Wednesday.

From the morning people started entering the BCB headquarter in different groups and started to give slogans for their respective candidates without losing their enthusiasm and it ran until the announcement of the results in the evening.

The arrival of the band party in the evening only added more colour to the party though it was hard to detect who they were really supporting considering many of them were seen changing their colours like chameleons, picking up one dress after another to join the procession of different candidates.

“You can’t blame them as they are paid to make the showdown and provide their services to everyone offering them a few bucks,” a seasoned campaigner told The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn.

Although their motives can’t be questioned, certainly the BCB’s intentions can’t be ignored considering it went completely against their own bio-bubble law.

In the recent past, the BCB was very strict regarding their bio-bubble protocol and hardly allowed any individuals to enter their premises to safeguard the venue.

However, on Wednesday, it looked like there was no corona effect in the country as there was a thick crowd who hardly maintained social distance.

It also raised the question over the legality of postal ballot and e-ballot that was introduced by the BCB in this year’s election, citing corona scare.

The way the BCB tried to project the necessity of postal and e-ballot only indicated that the election will be held with proper bio-bubble in place, though it was far from reality.

A section claimed that postal ballot was introduced to save one influential director but the way he managed to overcome his opponent by a huge margin only indicated his popularity among the councillors.

The election was heated up since former BCB game development manager Nazmul Abedin Fahim and former national captain Khaled Mashud Pilot joined the election by going against the tide.

However, both of them were grounded by their opponent without giving them an opportunity to make any kind of fight back during the poll that suggests their unexpected move was nothing but a publicity stunt.

There was another climax in category 1 as Khalid Hossain (Madaripur) and Syed Ashfaqul Islam (Kishoreganj) decided not to compete in the election at the eleventh hour despite they were expected to give Naimur Rahman and Tanvir Ahmed Titu a tough fight.

“I will come next time better prepared,” Khalid told the media when his attention was drawn on the incident.

MSC candidate Masuduzzaman’s decision to withdraw at the last minute was also quite surprising considering he was one of the biggest donors of the club. Manzur Alam Manzu, who will be taking his place in the MSC quota along with Mahbubul Anam, is currently chairman of the MSC hockey committee and hardly had anything to do with cricket.

BCB’s outgoing President Nazmul Hassan Papon didn’t want to have any panel in the election as he wanted new faces and he certainly deserved all the credits for it as it paved the way for six newcomers to take their seat in the boardroom for the first time.

“I would have liked it if there were more contestants as I feel there were few others who could have contributed for cricket but didn’t take part in the election,” said Nazmul.   

A BCB high-up insisted that probably in the next election there will be more candidates if there is no panel as it was a new beginning in the history of the BCB considering in the last two elections Nazmul panel were elected unopposed.