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Kamal's replacement within two weeks

With the speculation getting rife about the replacement of AHM Mustafa Kamal as president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the incumbent BCB chief said that it would take not more than two weeks.

"This is obviously a very important issue and the transition period will take a maximum of two weeks," Kamal told The Daily Star in a telephonic conversation yesterday.

Kamal, who has recently been nominated as the International Cricket Council (ICC) vice-president, also said that he is waiting for a new president to take over at the BCB helm so that he could focus on his 'dream' ICC post as the first Bangladeshi.

Kamal can take over the ICC vice-presidency only after he resigns from his present post as BCB president. And it was learnt that he will submit his resignation to the National Sports Council, which holds the authority to appoint a BCB chief, this week.

And as per the norms, the NSC will appoint a new BCB president through a circular. Although there were discussions in the cricket circle about the possibility of making the senior BCB vice-president as BCB president for the interim period with the elections in the board a month away, Kamal ruled it out.

"I don't think there'll be an acting president to hold the reins till the elections," added Kamal.

The BCB chief said that he is going to convene a board meeting in the next couple of days to discuss some burning issues like the future of national team's head coach Richard Pybus, and formation of a committee over fixing allegations.

"When we initially contacted him, we assumed that Pybus could convince his family to come to Dhaka. But I think that problem hasn't yet been solved. We have to take a decision regarding his position in the upcoming meeting," said Kamal.

Pybus, who left the country last month, has been criticised by BCB officials for his 'long leaves'. Kamal also referred to Richard McInnes, who is currently the head coach of the BCB Academy, as a trainer who has the potential to coach the national side.

"We have a good coach [McInnes] at home and I'll definitely bring his name up, as a possible replacement, at the board meeting," said Kamal.

Furthermore, Kamal plans to form a committee to address umpire Nadir Shah's alleged involvement in spot-fixing as soon as possible. While the cricket boards in Sri Lanka and Pakistan have already set-up committees to analyse the footages of the umpires, aired by India TV, the BCB is yet to form one.

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