Nazmul Hasan Papon, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President, expressed Test cricket is important for teams like Bangladesh and has vowed to put all his efforts in improving the national side in the longer format of cricket before stating about his board’s relationship with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“Our main issue is the temperament and the attitude you require in Tests. We have not been playing enough Test cricket. If we don’t play Test cricket, how can we improve?,” Hasan was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
Hasan remarked playing against every nation in the Test format will improve the game in the country when asked about the outcome of the proposed Test Championship in the recently held International Cricket Council’s (ICC) meeting in Dubai.
“The big plus point for Bangladesh is that they (ICC) have now advocated a 9-3 split. This means we would get a chance to play against all the others, and this will help us improve,” Hasan added.
Hasan has reiterated the countries other than cricket governing body ICC should try to help the teams which lack in maintaining funds.
“Someone has to look at it. Even India can look into it, I am not saying only ICC needs to do it,” Hasan stated.
“It’s big money for us. It’s more than Rs 400 crore. They are issues we need to discuss. I do feel that from the existing proportion of money, we are getting very less. It’s insignificant. You see previously the government used to finance us,” Hasan said when he was asked about Bangladesh’s low revenue share from ICC.
Hasan was named as the BCB president in October 2013 and his prime focus is to include talented players in the national side who will give their best on field before stating discipline in their national team has always remained his first priority.
As the new revenue policy has been put on the table during the ICC’s meeting, Hasan has opined on the rollback of Big Three which includes Australia, England and India.
“BCCI cannot say, ‘yes take our money’. At the same time, Bangladesh cannot say ‘we don’t want to take the money. After the new ICC constitution, which says no governmental interference, we have to do everything on our own. When you don’t have funds, how can we run the game?,” Hasan further said.
Hasan, who is keeping an eye on the ongoing one-off Test against India-Bangladesh, has played a vital role in maintaining discipline.
“In the BPL last year, we fined Sabbir Rahman Rs 33 lakh. We are strict on that. I speak to all the players. I talk directly to them and give them a chance to explain,” Hasan concluded.
Hasan has been at the forefront to include youngsters in the side which include Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed.