Jannatul Naym Pieal
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday has decided to shift the Walton LED TV 17th National Cricket League (NCL)’s Rajshahi venue to Cox’s Bazar. This decision was taken after a groundsman of the venue was allegedly assaulted by former BCB director Mahmud Jamal.
According to the reports, Jamal, an official of the Rajshahi divisional body, had beaten groundsman Rasel during the opening day of the just concluded fifth round match between Barisal Division and the home team Rajshahi Division.
Sources revealed that Rasel watered the pitch just two hours before the match which made Jamal discontent. It was further learnt that following the assault, Rasel had lodged a general diary at a local police station and did not return to the ground next day fearing a further repercussion.
The other groundsmen of the venue came forward to protest the assault by refraining from work that hampered the all-important NCL match seriously. BCB had sent a groundsman of Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to Rajshahi on Monday to look after the ground in the absence of regular staff.
In the meantime, the tournament committee chairman of BCB, Akram Khan promised an investigation before revealing the change of venue for the sixth and the final round. “We have taken the issue seriously. We are going to launch an investigation very soon,” said Akram.