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Papon sets deadline for BPL resolution

Bangladesh Cricket Board's new president Nazmul Hassan Papon (L) chairs the 37th board meeting at its headquarters at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.Photo: STAR

Nazmul Hassan Papon, the new president of the Bangladeshi Cricket Board (BCB) has said that he aims to solve the problems regarding the Bangladesh Premier League by 1st November. The president stated that he would be meeting the owners of the franchises next week in order to discuss the issues in detail.

"There is a slight confusion regarding the financial aspect of the BPL. The best way to sort it out would be to meet them. They wanted to meet me earlier, but I couldn't give them enough time since I was outside the country," said Papon. "Through our discussions, if it is confirmed they owe us money, we will definitely take a stern disciplinary action against them," added the president.

Papon also stated that the BCB would have to initiate the process for the elections from today. The Board will also hold discussions with the National Sports Council (NSC) in regards to some new amendments suggested by the NSC in the amended BCB-Constitution.

The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday vetted the amended constitution of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) paving the

way for an elected president. "I

have always been for elections,"

said Papon.

The games regulatory authority also reinstated the councillorship of former national cricketers, though in a modified version, where the

NSC staked a bigger claim in the directorship of the country's most affluent federation. It was learnt that the NSC wanted the post of three directors instead of the existing one in the board.

The president believed that the sports council should have given the cricket board more time to respond to them. "The problem here is that we are time-bound. I haven't read the constitution or the new clauses that the NSC has submitted as yet. We just got a letter from the NSC a few days back and I was out of country. It hasn't given us the time to discuss the proposed changes mutually. I'll contact the NSC officials and request them to extend their deadline," said Papon.

Amongst the other issues, the board appointed Australian Stuart Karppinen as the Performance Manager of the BCB's National Cricket Academy. They also hired Ranadeb Bose from India, as a coach under the Game Development Department.

The meeting also approved the audited financial statement of the BCB for the financial year of 2011-2012 and have approved the development of the Mymensingh Circuit House Ground.

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We can only HOPE for the best and wish the new president will have an efficient, passionate and sincere TEAM to work with to eventually raise the cricket standards both in domestic and international arena.

: Syed Imtiaz Ali

In the dramatic absence of Richard Pybus, can we think of offering Jayawardena (CSL) or Ganguly (BCCI) to coach our team?

I strongly believe if any of them agrees to coach out team, it would be a great success. I can see that they will be able to connect better with our players. Culturally and socially they will find it suitable as well.

: Ali





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