Selection policy, BKSP match in focus
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will host an important meeting at its headquarters in Mirpur today where a long-standing and proven selection policy may change.
A major decision regarding the extension of the national team's head coach Chandika Hathurusingha is expected to be finalised during the meeting. The board is all set to extend the tenure of Hathurusingha, who joined the Tigers in June 2014 on a two-year contract, till the 2019 ICC World Cup to be held in England.
The main focus however will be the outcomes regarding the selection panel and the kind of ruling the game's governing body will take with regards to the Dhaka Premier League match between Abahani and Prime Doleshwar, which got postponed last Sunday as the umpires had decided not to continue the game following an argument with the Abahani players.
Abahani skipper, Tamim Iqbal was the man in focus as he and the umpires were involved in a heated exchange. The match was supposed to continue in the reserve day, but didn't. The tournament committee towards the end, forwarded the matter to the BCB's disciplinary committee for a decision.
On June 5, BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon said that the board would follow a selection system that would involve two separate groups, including the three national selectors, the head coach and the team manager. The meetings of this committee would be convened by the head of the cricket operations committee.
BCB's move to bring changes in the selection policy has already triggered criticism.
It shocked many when Papon said that the team manager would have a say in the national selection. The reason for his inclusion, he said was so that he could voice the opinions of the captain and the players.
If the current team manager, Khaled Mahmud, does get to have a say in the matter of the national selection, then it could lead to quite a unique example in world cricket as far as cricket administration is concerned.
Aside from being the national team manager, Mahmud is a director at the BCB, the chairman of the BCB's development committee and the current coach of Abahani.
The board may also announce the formation of a bowling review committee, discuss the future national tours and finalise a new national bowling coach.