Naimur Rahman Durjoy, who was surprisingly removed from the position of BCB’s operations committee chairman a few days ago and was replaced by his predecessor Akram Khan, has brought some serious allegations against Bangladesh National Cricket Team’s current head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe during an interview with the country’s one of the leading newspapers New Age.
According to Bangladesh’s first Test captain, the Sri Lankan was the reason for whom some of the talented national cricketers couldn’t shine. On a question to if Hathurusinghe did justice to every player, Durjoy said, “It is not Mominul Haque alone but there are few other players who could not shine properly. I don’t want to mention all the names. We are now playing only shorter formats. When we will play all the formats only then we will see how our players improved during his tenure.”
Durjoy further said Hathurusinghe caused some major problem in his job by not following domestic cricket of the country properly. “They should follow the National Cricket League, Dhaka Premier League as well as the Bangladesh Cricket League. But they don’t do that. It is said that they recommend names for Bangladesh team. How they can do this when they are not following these tournaments?” Durjoy raised question.
Durjoy said Hathurusinghe’s absence during the third season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in November-December last year had appeared as a big surprise to him. “He was supposed to be here during Bangladesh Premier League and work with the players but to my surprise all of the support staff went for leave. I was not even informed about this development. They just left. I don’t know how it happened. It is quite strange. I wanted to raise the issue but eventually nothing happened.”
However when Durjoy was asked if he believed he had had to make way so that Hathurusinghe could get back into his comfort zone of working with Akram Khan, he denied to give a straight reply, “I don’t want to answer anything as far as Akram [Khan] is concerned. Maybe what you are saying is right but I really don’t know and don’t want to imagine anything like that.”
* Inputs taken from New Age
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com