Akram's seat vacant
- Resignation of chief selector Akram Khan accepted while tenures of selectors Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar extended to June 30, 2015.
- Naimur Rahman nominated national team manager for the New Zealand series.
- National team physio Vibhav Singh's contract extended up to June 30, 2015.
- Maj Hussain Imam (Retd) approved as head of security and Sabbir Khan as cricket operations manager.
- Bangladesh Under-19 team to tour West Indies in October.
The ad-hoc executive committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) endorsed 172 councillor nominations for next month's BCB elections in an emergency meeting yesterday.
After the meeting, BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told the press that they did not get any nomination from Meherpur District Sports Association and Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Barisal. Board sources later confirmed that Meherpur had sent the nominations yesterday, two days after the deadline of September 24.
“We have received 172 councillor nominations for the BCB general council -- 70 from category one, all 58 from category two and 44 from category three,” informed Chowdhury.
When asked whether the board had discussed any complaints regarding councillorship, Chowdhury said: “The fact is that we got the nominations on our prescribed form and with the signature of the authority concerned and now our duty is to send the list to the election commission. And if there are any complaints, one should go to the concern authority.”
The BCB's CEO was faced with a volley of questions regarding the various allegations about nomination process but he was not ready to give any answers; rather he repeatedly said that their main concern was whether they got the prescribed forms with the signature of the authority concerned.
In reply to a question, he said that they sent the forms through courier or peons and that he was not aware that one ad-hoc committee member (AJM Nasir) had distributed all the nomination forms in Chittagong.
He also said that they foresaw no problems in holding the elections during the home series against New Zealand. “We have different management to manage the series.”
The board also took some important decisions during the meeting besides endorsement of the councillorship list including tenure extensions for selectors Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar.
The board also accepted chief selector Akram Khan's resignation. Akram resigned as chief selector as he has decided to contest the BCB's elections. The former national skipper served as a selector for the last seven years and left the job for a different challenge.
“The board will decide on the chief selector later,” said Chowdhury. While a host of decisions were taken yesterday, many in the cricket community were left wondering about Akram's possible successor. An anonymous BCB official admitted that it was a tough decision as there were no obvious candidates.