<i>'Dev body flawed' </i>
Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir, the Bangladesh Cricket Board director, said yesterday that the board should take immediate action to boost the game development committee to make the talent pipeline run smoothly.
BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal has given him charge of the Bangladesh Under-19 side recently after its Asia Cup debacle in Malaysia. After working for two days, Alamgir observed some major flaws in a committee that is vital to the country's cricketing future.
“I am trying to evaluate everything to find out the reason behind the Under-19 team's failure," he said. "What I feel is that the selection process is faulty. Everything is done chaotically in the development committee. We should take some immediate action so that this committee can work properly."
Alamgir, a director from Chittagong who heads the disciplinary committee and the BPL governing council secretary, didn't blame the selectors but said that the teams weren't done on a first-hand basis.
“I'm not blaming the selectors but the reality is that we have picked the players who were dropped from the national side, A team or academy side and sometime took feedback from the coaches over telephone.
"It should not be the way, so we have to think about the whole process,” he added.
He also bemoaned the lack of human resources and the manner in which the officers keep track of the players around the country.
“The monitoring system is also very poor. The development committee has lack of manpower also. There are many other things here we should addressed to solve the problem in the development committee,” he continued.
Alamgir said that he has a plan of making seven divisional under-19 teams from where the national undr-19 team will be formed.
“An ex-national player will be appointed as a selector for each division who works with the local coach to find out the talent to form the team," he said.
He said that at this point there is no scope to bring any major changes in the Under-19 team which is going to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Australia in August.
“There will be 4-5 changes in the team from the Asia Cup squad as some key players are all set to return to the team along with Anamul Haque who has also been relieved from national team duty,” he said.
Alamgir also informed that they are planning to arrange enough matches for the team before the showpiece event. “We are trying our best to arrange some practice matches at home while the team will go to Australia early for playing some practices matches. So the lack of match practice will not a big issue,” he added.
Bangladesh were eliminated from the Asia Cup when they lost to Afghanistan by seven wickets in a Group B match last week.