Bangladesh Cricket Board, at last, made a necessary amendment to their constitution that paved the ways to form the Regional Cricket Association.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon promised to form the RCA since getting elected for the first time in 2013 but it took him nine long years to take the necessary steps to start activities of RCA.
The necessary amendments were approved by the board councilors, who got voting rights in the election, during the Annual General Meeting of the board at a city hotel in the capital.
RCA was supposed to be a major step in the decentralisation of cricket at an administrative level and grassroots to have a significant impact on the overall growth of the sport. Eddie Barlow first introduced the concept when he was Bangladesh’s coach in 1999-2000 in order to take cricket forward in the country.
He helped formulate and execute plans with which the country achieved official Test status. He also pushed for the formation of the RCA then, but despite that, it hasn't seen the light of day even after all these years. In the draft, there was a bid to have seven associations for each region be equipped with the necessary infrastructure to run independently.
Although the idea was floated first in 2000, no meaningful progress was made until BCB councilors decided to approve the amendment required in their constitution so that RCA can start working.
“We don’t have any barrier to form the RCA from now onwards. Till date we have controlled everything from Dhaka while we were going to different divisions from Dhaka and honestly speaking we had very little control at the district level but now after RCA activities start we hope that we can do much better in this regard (as we will be able to take cricket to grassroots level),” Nazmul Hassan told the reporters after the AGM on Tuesday.
The directors and councilors of Dhaka, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Chattogram, Khulna, Rangpur and Barisal divisions will be included in the committee of seven RCA while the Mymensingh division will be included as part of Dhaka RCA’s body.
However, a question remains whether the RCA can work independently or not considering the fact that BCB will form the committee of the RCA’s body that will have 11 members in some divisions and seven members in other relatively small TV divisions.
“The councilors during the AGM asked us (board) to form the committee so the initial guideline will be provided by BCB,” he said.
Apart from that, BCB approved two new committees in the AGM that will be named as Bangla Tigers and BCB Welfare Association.
Nazmul added that from now onwards every club taking part in the different tiers of Dhaka leagues will be having one councilor.
BCB boss after getting elected for the first time introduced two councilors for six super league teams of Dhaka Premier League, the country’s traditional first-class List A tournament.
The 10 super league teams of Dhaka's Second and Third Divisions had councilors earlier but now that will not be the case as all the teams will have the same number of councilors. DPL (12), Dhaka First Division League (20), Dhaka Second Division (20) and Dhaka Third Division (20).
“We have given two councilors as incentives earlier as we wanted them to make a good team but now many clubs are making two teams so we don’t think that incentive is not required anymore,” he said.