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Dhaka Tribune

Nazmul: Akram can't quit as cricket operations chairman

Update : 30 Dec 2021, 08:00 PM

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said Akram Khan cannot quit from cricket operations committee as chairman, given that he has actually not been handed the post officially following the recent board election.

According to Nazmul the BCB committees are being run by the board directors who had chaired them in the previous term of the board.

The BCB boss termed Akram’s decision to quit as BCB cricket operations chairman as "miscommunication".

Former Bangladesh captain Akram emerged as the burning issue of the cricket fraternity Monday after his wife Sabina Akram took to her social media and said "Akram Khan has decided to quit as the BCB cricket operations chairman" citing it as a family decision.

Akram while speaking to the media on the issue Tuesday echoed similar sentiment.

“There is a communication gap I think. We are yet to assign the committees for the new term. So there is no option for one to quit. How can one leave when the term of the committee has already finished? Akram is running the [cricket operations] department on an interim basis,” said Nazmul to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Wednesday.

“Looking at the reports I had initially thought he [Akram] is not willing to chair the department during interim period. Later I spoke to him and he explained the time he gave to this department in last eight years. He said it will be helpful for him if he is given charge of another department. He has left the decision on me, not that he has left it or he will leave it, nothing like that.

“He [Akram] spoke to me of his issues [in running the cricket operations]. The level of his involvement to run the committee now, more due to the Covid-19 situation and the bio-bubble, it is becoming tough for him. He needs to give time to his family. We will finalize the committees [for the new term of the board] [Friday]."

Akram, as chairman of the BCB cricket operations, has been on the receiving end of criticism since Bangladesh’s failure in the T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh returned home from the ICC tournament winning just twice in eight games in the qualifying and Super Six rounds.

It is understood that the board has not gone down well with Akram's decision and is mulling bringing in a new chairman.

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