Bangladesh stands to lose their ICC membership- Nazmul Hassan Papon

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The president of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan Papon has warned Bangladesh cricket team could lose their ICC membership if they don’t hold a board election in the line with ICC guidelines. Earlier this year Bangladesh’s High Court  challenged the legality of the newly amended of BCB constitution, & that has held up the election which is supposed to take place within 90 days of tad-hoc committee taking over the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Nazmul Hassan Papon

According to reports, the ICC has established guidelines for cricket boards to minimize government interference and ensured that chairpersons are elected, not selected. Accordingly, the March 1, 2012, the directors of BCB amended constitution of the board, but had to wait for the approval of the Sports Council, the sport’s governing body in Bangladesh. Due to the delay in the approval, the BCB had to be executed by an ad-hoc since late November after the reign of the elected body expired.

“We had to change the constitution to follow the ICC guidelines so that’s how the 2012 draft came about,” Nazmul Hassan Papon said. “If we don’t do the election according to the ICC’s guideline and the court declares the 2008 constitution valid, Bangladesh will stand to lose their ICC membership.”

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“We need a constitution to make election, and I have two at the moment. The one from 2008 and the other done in 2012. The latter constitution was have sent to  BCB ad-hoc committee by the National Sports Council(NSC). But since this 2012 draft is in the court, election is being delayed.”

Nazmul Hassan remembered that the changes asked to be made by the ICC have to be taken into account, Though president of ICC Alan Isaac said in the last year November that  major change, that of reducing government interference, is still under reviewed.

“In last ICC board meeting, we were being told that every board has to bring about certain changes of their constitution. But unless the High Court decides on board’s constitution, we don’t have much to do. We are finding legal opinion because the ICC has set a timeline and restrictions. We will have to do something within these limitations.”