Bangladesh may lose their ICC membership if the elections of the cricket board are not held as per ICC guidelines.
It hasn’t been the best of times for Bangladesh. For years their on-field performances have not matched the passion of the fans and the tag of a test-playing nation. Their coach has openly said on air that they repeat the same mistakes and lack patience for the longer formats of the game.
To make matters worse, just as their cricketing achievements were looking up – one of their most adored and talented player , Mohd. Ashraful admitted to fixing matches. The revelation has ‘shocked’ most of the top players, including national team skipper Mushfiqul Rahim. His team-mates even went to the extent of saying that they don’t need ‘more money’ although they are not as well funded as some of the players from neighboring countries.
Now BCB chief Nazmul Hossain has thundered his warning to Bangladesh regarding losing ICC membership. ICC had set some guidelines for elections held in each member country with minimal political interference. However, Bangladesh High Court challenged the legality of the newly amended BCB constitution and since it needed the approval from the National Sports Council, the regulatory body of sports in Bangladesh, the election got delayed. The delay meant they had to run the operation on some ad-hoc basis since last November.
“In the last [ICC] board meeting, we were told that every board has to bring about certain changes to their constitution. But unless the High Court decides on our board’s constitution, we don’t have much to do,” he commented, adding “We are seeking legal opinion because the ICC has set a timeframe and bindings. We have to do something within these limitations.“
In the recent months, multiple controversies surrounding the board’s flagship domestic T20 league (BPL) has also attracted negative criticism from players and ICC alike. Player’s associations, boards like ECB, PCB and several international players have issued warnings regarding BPL from issues ranging from mal-appropriation of funds, lack of timely payment and regular allegations of spot-fixing. With Ashraful and umpire Nadir Shah (who was banned for 10 years after being caught on camera accepting bribe) – BCB chief Hossain has admitted to media “BPL is becoming a pain”
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