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BCB is the only association opposed to the two tier cricket system 

BCB is the only association opposed to the two tier cricket system

The Bangladesh cricket baord (BCB) is the only cricket association who opposed the proposed two-tier cricket system. The proposed system was discussed in the chief executive’s committee (CEC) meeting last week during ICC’s annual conclave in Edinburgh.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that a decision will finally be taken in a voting where all full members will vote so it will not be easy for ICC to have passed in the ICC.

“Bangladesh was the only country to oppose this idea in the (CEC) meeting, where we explained our position,” Hassan said. “But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who has opposed it and who hasn’t. The decision will be taken through a vote, so if one or two do not vote, it doesn’t really matter. But I don’t think it will be easy getting this passed at the ICC. The issue isn’t so (simple). It is a tough process.”

At the same time, BCB vice-president Mahbubul Anam and directors Ahmed Sajjadul Alam and Tanjil Chowdhury said last month that they were against such a system being implemented in Test cricket. Should it be implemented, Bangladesh, who are ranked ninth, are likely to slip into the second tier of Test cricket.

The ICC after the end of the conference published a press release where members were updated on the progress being made on the two-tier idea during the CEC meeting.  ICC said the CEC meeting will be held in Dubai in September where separately the two-tier cricket system will be discussed.

ICC chief executive David Richardson said that the new structure will make the game more competitive. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for our sport to introduce… structures which are merit and performance based, have context, enhance the value of bilateral cricket, and create a highly competitive environment for cricketers.

“This is a complex issue on many levels, but I am heartened by the progress that has been made to date and during these meetings.”

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