The restlessness in Bangladesh’s squad selection, seen most recently when the two-member selection panel of chief selector Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar made substantial changes to Bangladesh’s T20I tri-series squad in the wake of disappointing results, has raised a lot of questions.
Former chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that there was a lack of accountability from the selectors and added that there are more than six or seven selectors who are hampering the selection process. He had quit his post in 2016 after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) changed the selection process to include the coach and two board members.
“I think the responsibility of team selection should be given to someone who can create his own accountability. We haven’t seen any explanation in recent times from the selectors for picking a new player or even after dropping a player. I also think it is not expected that the selectors will be restless after the team loses. As we are not doing the job of selection properly, restlessness comes in where it seems like something is wrong after losing one or two games, and then many types of changes arise,” former national captain Faruque told reporters in Chattogram yesterday.
The 53-year-old suggested that the selectors need to show some patience and give enough opportunities to a player.
“At the moment it seems like there are many selectors in the team and I don’t know how many of them form the team. If there is a two- or three-member selection panel then they could form a team by discussing carefully. Time will tell whether that young cricketer [Aminul Islam] plays well or not, but there must be a selector to back him.
“There are too many selectors -- there is a director-selector, manager-selector. You have operations as the selector and I think there are five to seven selectors altogether. When I resigned there were two selectors and Khaled Mahmud was the manager selector and then there was someone from operations for the coordination. In fact, there are actually many selectors; not just one. I would have stayed [as a selector] if it was positive but I think this rule won’t work ultimately as when a player does well someone will come and try to take credit and when they fail, they will point fingers at each other,” he said.