Kamal backs cricketers
A proposed constitutional amendment to drop former cricketers from the list of Bangladesh Cricket Board councillors is unlikely to be passed, said BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday.
‘We need the support of former cricketers to run the board smoothly. So there is very little chance of this amendment to be passed,’ said Kamal.
‘Rather I am thinking how to involve more former players in many more ways with the board so that they can help us improve the game in the country,’ he added.
Kamal’s response came following a letter from the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh to him seeking his inference in what they said is a conspiracy against cricket.
BCB president said he will sit with the CWAB members on August 19 and discuss the issues.
Insiders said the BCB high-ups are already divided on the issue with powerful director Dewan Shafiul Arefin, head of the constitutional amendment committee, leading a group, who are facing a strong opposition from the backers of Kamal.
Kamal and Tutul already had several bouts over constitutional issues after the latter took an initiative to curtail his power through several constitutional amendments.
The latest move by Tutul, who has the backing of most of the directors elected from outside the capital, is seen as another attempt to corner Kamal within the BCB.
As per the directive of the International Cricket Council, the next BCB president could very well be elected, in which case the 15 cricketer councillors, who are to be nominated by the BCB president himself, could be a major factor.
If the proposed bill is approved, the sections 9.3.8 and 9.3.9 will be deleted from the BCB constitution which will deny the former cricketers from being councilors of the board.
The former cricketers get councillorship under these two clauses which allow the board president to nominate 15 former cricket players as recommended by the CWAB.
A representative of CWAB also gets councillorship.
Tutul argued that every BCB councillor has to come from an institution, so there should not be any provision to nominate any individual as councillor.
He also said CWAB is not officially recognised by the BCB. Former cricketers rejected the proposal and said it will only hamper the growth of the game in Bangladesh.