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Where is BCB's HQ?

Sports Reporter

Over the last few days all the buzz in the Bangladesh cricket community revolved around the identity of the new head coach of the national team. With Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon intimating late last week that the official announcement would be made on Monday, reporters had flocked to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur from yesterday morning in anticipation of an announcement at BCB's headquarters.
By lunchtime the reporters were assured that the board was going to announce the name as per the promise of its president. Unfortunately however, to the surprise of many, Papon would not make the announcement from the board's office; rather he decided to hold the press conference at his corporate offices in Dhanmondi. Finally a press conference took place at the Beximco office, and it was held without communication to all concerned reporters.
This strange procedure begged the question: How appropriate was it to hold a high-profile BCB press conference at Papon's personal office? Is this the professionalism that the BCB preaches its players to follow?
As a high-up in a leading business conglomerate in the country, Papon should know better than most that it is utterly unprofessional to make his personal office an alternative headquarters of a national body of which he was elected president. The cynics have already started to call BCB the “Beximco Cricket Board” because of some activities and this recent act only adds fuel to the fire -- not good publicity for an organisation like the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Last modified: 3:01 am Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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