BCB direc­tors elec­tion dates still un­con­firmed

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DHAKA

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) direc­tors' panel, which nears the end of its fouryear term, still awaits a di­rec­tive from the Na­tional Sports Coun­cil (NSC) - the reg­u­la­tory body for all sports fed­er­a­tions in Bangladesh - re­gard­ing an elec­tion sched­ule.

The is­sue is the re­sult of the year-long dead­lock be­tween the Bangladesh board and NSC over con­trol of the board, as each side has been propos­ing ideas and re­ject­ing those made by the other.

The cur­rent im­passe is over whether three NSCap­pointed direc­tors will be part of the newly elected board.

A change has been made to the Bangladesh Cricket Board con­sti­tu­tion to ac­com­mo­date the NSC's call for three rep­re­sen­ta­tives, as op­posed to just one, but it is still a point of con­tention.

If pushed through, it could - con­trary to the ICC di­rec­tive that Mem­bers boards do away with government involvement in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of cricket - be­come a case of government in­ter­fer­ence.

The BCB is largely a demo­crat­i­cally elected body that has 24 direc­tors (23 elected and, un­til now, one NSC rep­re­sen­ta­tive) and a gov­ern­men­tap­pointed pres­i­dent.

There have been four pre­vi­ous elec­tions: in 1998, 2001, 2005 and, the last one, Novem­ber 12, 2008.

The BCB's cur­rent panel is sched­uled to be in of­fice un­til Novem­ber 28, but the NSC is yet to make the an­nounce­ment about the next elec­tion.

"Ev­ery­thing de­pends on the NSC. They are in charge of all sports fed­er­a­tions in our coun­try, so there's noth­ing that the BCB has to de­cide at the moment," BCB's act­ing CEO, Niza­mud­din Chowd­hury, told ESPNcricinfo. Sources close to the BCB and NSC have said that the BCB's cur­rent direc­tors' panel will be asked to con­tinue - although there is a pos­si­bil­ity of the ap­point­ment of an ad-hoc body - till elec­tion dates are con­firmed.

In the pre­vi­ous elec­tions, 167 coun­cil­lors - rep­re­sent­ing the cricket clubs of Dhaka, District Sports As­so­ci­a­tions (DSAs), former crick­eters, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, women's sports body and ser­vices - were di­vided into three cat­e­gories.

The Dhaka clubs held 52 votes (one for each coun­cil­lor) to elect 12 direc­tors, district rep­re­sen­ta­tives had 68 votes to choose 10 direc­tors, while 47 votes from the third cat­e­gory elected one di­rec­tor.

An­other point of con­tention is re­gard­ing di­rect coun­cil­lor­ship for former crick­eters.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board, at its an­nual con­fer­ence ear­lier this year, amended its con­sti­tu­tion, abol­ish­ing di­rect coun­cil­lor­ship for former crick­eters. That amend­ment was over­turned by the NSC.

The new board pres­i­dent, Naz­mul Has­san, said last month that the BCB still had points to dis­cuss with the NSC, though he hadn't elab­o­rated on what they were.

Meida re­ports say that the ICC has sent the Bangladesh Cricket Boarda let­ter in July, ask­ing to be made aware of the board's con­sti­tu­tional pro­cesses so that demo­cratic prac­tices are not com­pro­mised; the de­lay in hold­ing elec­tions may mean a dis­re­gard of Bangladesh Cricket Board's demo­cratic prac­tices.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has replied to the ICC with the de­tails of its con­sti­tu­tion, and has also writ­ten to the NSC re­gard­ing th­ese let­ters, but progress on elec­tion front is still awaited.

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