'Wouldn't work then for 5 yrs'
Former Bangladesh captain Minhajul Abedin was named chief selector while Habibul Bashar was brought back to the selection panel after a lot of chaos yesterday.
Last Sunday Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon confirmed the approval of the controversial two-tier six-member selection committee headed by the chairman of the cricket operations committee. Following that, chief selector Faruqe Ahmed was quick to declare that he would not continue under the new system. The following day Papon said that Faruque could leave if he wanted to while talking to reports at BSKP and sensationally disclosed that there was not a single instance where a team submitted by the Faruqe-led committee was not changed.
Papon reiterated yesterday that he had to change the squads which the last committee, where Minhajul and Bashar -- who was made selector of the national women's team during the last board meeting to make way for Sazzad Ahmed Shipon -- were also selectors, submitted every single time.
There is no way to spin Papon's words as respectful to Minhajul and Bashar, so it was not an occasion for them to cheer.
“It feels good that the BCB gave us the responsibility. [Habibul] Bashar and I have been working for the past five years. We will follow the previous process,” said Minhajul, adding that there would be no difference to his work despite the two-tier system.
When his attention was drawn to the BCB president's comments regarding interference, Minhajul said: “There's no way I could have worked for five years had there been such interference.”