Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has said the board will not negotiate anymore with Faruque Ahmed, who resigned as chief selector . Hassan also revealed that the BCB hadn’t received an official resignation yet.
Faruque Ahmed, the former Bangladesh cricketer, stepped down as the country’s chief selector on Sunday (June 19) after the Bangladesh Cricket Board approved changes to the selection process.
As per the change, Faruque was supposed to head a three-member panel that would pick the team which would then be forwarded to a six-member committee. BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan and BCB director Khaled Mahmud are a part of that committee. The final call would be taken by the president.
However, Faruque felt that this massive change was unnecessary as Bangladesh have made a huge improvement in cricket in the last couple of years, “You only change a system when it’s broken,” he said. “Bangladesh cricket has been in good health so I didn’t see any reason to make such a big change to the selection process.”
However, the Board president said that the system is not new and Faruque had worked under a similar system in the past.
“He hasn’t officially informed me or the board,” Hassan said. “He has been working under the same system all this time. I don’t see any difference now and I don’t know where the problem is. This is not a new system and we are not changing anything as the team is doing well. I think I now have to ask him whether the teams he gave [for approval] wasn’t changed. We had to sit in many meetings with the selectors before every single game.
“There is no scope for negotiation. Did we get a better pace bowling coach than Heath Streak? We didn’t negotiate with him when he wanted to leave.”
Expressing his liking for Faruque, Hassan said Faruque’s success was a factor in his appointment as a chief selector to the three-member panel.
“I like Faruque.” Hassan said. “We have respected his past record by keeping the chief selector’s post. But he can resign if he doesn’t agree with it. There’s no need to create any problems or spread confusion. I don’t want to do it but if I am pushed, I will tell everyone directly what happened.”
Speaking about the board’s controversial decision to include Mahmud in the selection committee, Hassan said that the manager’s role is limited to informing the selectors of their requirements.
“The manager is not in the selection process,” Hassan said. “The team will be picked by the selectors. Before every series, the coach and manager will only inform the selectors of their requirements. The selectors will pick the team with those in mind.
“Tamim Iqbal or Shakib Al Hasan never came to me [for selection matters], only [Khaled Mahmud] Sujon comes to me. We could have included the captain in the selection committee instead of the manager. Since the captain is happy with the inclusion of the manager, the selectors shouldn’t have a problem with him.”