BCB claimed the two tier cricket system discussed in Srinivasan’s regime
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Ahmed Sajidul Alam said Bangladesh cricket has cut his own leg in February 2014 in ICC’s annual conclave in Singapore. He said in the last 30-40 years Bangladesh have earned a respect in the cricket world but forfeited in that meeting.
His comment came in the wake of ICC’s Annual Conclave in Edinburg where the two-tier cricket system is being discussed.
“The people who are today shedding crocodile tears about the proposed two-tier Test table are the same ones who talked in favour of the system in Singapore. And it was the honourable [BCB vice president] Mahbub Anam who was one of those who took great pains to explain to us how the system would provide more matches and greater financial rewards.
“One has to understand that an initiative was taken during the tenure of (then ICC chairman) N Srinivasan about two years ago, through which there would have been major qualitative changes in the ICC constitution. A BCB meeting was held in this regard to discussing the changes. A vote was taken and I had voted against the proposal but I was massively outnumbered. I walked out. But all the changes that we are about to see were inherent in that controversial proposal two years ago,” Alam said.
In 2014 the two-tier cricket system proposal needed two-thirds majority by the ICC; South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies were against it. But Bangladesh has voted in favour of those changes and countries who opposed the proposal withdrew their vote.
Now, Alam said those who are saying the two-tier cricket system is the new thing in the world cricket is lying.
“We did the damage to ourselves. Those who are trying to say that the two-tier system is news to them are not telling the truth. This did not happen overnight. It is a continuation of that Singapore meeting two years ago. There was nothing new that they learnt today.
“If this two-tier proposal is ultimately adopted, it will mark the end of our dreams as a cricketing nation.
“Instead of shedding crocodile tears now, I only wish that these gentlemen had voted with me [in the board] against the ICC proposal,” he added.
Bangladesh currently stands at No. 9 in the Test ranking, so if the two-tier cricket system approves in the ongoing ICC meeting then they have to play in the second tier along with West Indies, Zimbabwe and two other associate members of ICC.
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