Vol. 5 Num 591 Thu. January 26, 2006  

Mamun invited or not?

When the much-talked about executive committee meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) takes place at city's five-star hotel on Saturday, mercury will go up for obvious reasons.

The third meeting of Ali Asghar-led new elected body convened following media uproar would be an acid test for the president and his general secretary Mahabubul Anam with the EC members set to raise a few burning issues including the breaching of the constitution.

As per the board's 2003 constitution the executive committee was bound to hold at least one meeting in every three months but they failed to meet the deadline since the last meeting took place on October 20 last year.

It is understood that the board meeting was held back since the sensational disclosure of a secret deal between Asghar and Malaysia-based Aston Moore over the future TV and sponsorship rights that led to the resignation of the board's joint-secretary Reazuddin Al Mamun.

Although the board president accepted his resignation after nearly two weeks, interestingly Mamun has been invited to attend Saturday's meeting.

Meanwhile, Mahbubul Anam while contacted said that Mamun was not supposed to attend the meeting.

"If any letter was issued to Mamun to attend the meeting it was done without my consent," said the BCB general secretary.

Mamun was also surprised after receiving the invitation letter through fax signed by the general secretary a couple of days ago.

"It is really funny that the president had used his constitutional power to accept Mamun's resignation. Funnier even was an invitation to Mamun to join the meeting. Now anybody can guess how the board is running," said a board member on condition of anonymity.