BCB express desire to host 2025 Champions Trophy

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 17 2021

Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan said on Tuesday (15 June) that they will express interest to host the Champions Trophy in 2025 considering they have the necessary infrastructure. During the 10th meeting of the Board of Directors, it was decided that they will participate in the host selection process for the ICC Men’s Events (2024-2031) and to expedite the process, a management team headed by the BCB CEO has been formed. 

BCB Directors Mohammed Jalal Yunus and Ahmed Sajjadul Alam will oversee the procedure. ‘’There are lots of issues (in order to solely host the Men’s World Cup). We will need to have 10 full-fledged stadiums. It is the same for whoever is interested to bid for the event. So that is not possible for us because we do not have so many venues.

 Hosting even the T20 World Cup solely is a challenge for us, but we will sit and discuss with some of the neighbouring countries to see whether we can become a co-host,’’ he said. “However there is the Champions Trophy [2025] which is possible for us to host. We have decided to bid to solely host the Champions Trophy,” he added. 

Nazmul also confirmed that they have decided to hold the BCB AGM on 7 July 2021 in Dhaka as it was at the top of their agenda during the 10th Board Meeting of the current term. Nazmul’s second term is set to end in September this year and according to the Constitution, the Board must arrange the election within the next 45 days. 

Nazmul added they have nearly finalized the contract list, but could not disclose it as there were some last-minute changes. “The national contract is finalized but we cannot disclose it right now as some changes will be made,” he mentioned, indicating that the BCB Cricket Operations Committee has been asked to review the observations of the Board and finalize and announce the National Player Contract for May-December 2021. The Board has approved the Women’s National Player contract for 22 cricketers up to December 2021 with salary enhancement. 

BCB extended the tenure of the national selection panel till the next T20 World Cup as the present panel completed their tenure in June. The Board also approved the concept of a shadow National Team programme named ‘Bangladesh Tiger’. “We decided to introduce the shadow national team as we feel when someone gets dropped from the national team, they don’t have any place to go, like Imrul Kayes for example, so they must have some place to go,” he said regarding the new programme that will be overseen by BCB Directors Kazi Inam Ahmed and Khaled Mahmud in the coming days. (Agencies)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 17 2021

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