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Naimur hammers Hathurusingha

Update : 07 Apr 2015, 06:49 PM

Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operations chairman Naimur Rahman slammed the national head coach Chandika Hathurusingha for breaking team protocol by making “immature” comments regarding the team selection during the World Cup. The first Bangladesh Test captain, Naimur informed that the cricket board also did not take the matter lightly and warned Chandika to be careful in future.

Back in January when the Bangladesh World Cup squad was declared, Hathurusingha wasted no time to voice his displeasure for the absence of rookie leg-spinner Jubair Hossain and the tone continued after the mega event in Australia where the Sri Lankan expressed that the 15-man squad was not the best Bangladesh offered. He also put the last pool game against New Zealand as an example and said he didn’t have enough flare at his disposal to try out something different.

“One shouldn’t comment in this way. Everyone should maintain their protocol. It negatively affects the players too. One player will see that the coach is so blind about me while another will feel that the coach is neglecting me. I want to get rid of these things,” said Naimur indicating to Hathurusingha’s nepotism towards Jubair.

“It is immaturity. No coach should be speaking like this. No coach should talk so openly about a player or talk against someone in this way. It is not healthy,” he added.

“He is not authorized to talk against anyone. The comments breach the code of conduct. When the selection committee submits the team, the cricket operations committee chairman recommends the team and it is approved by the board president. These comments about selection are against the board and its president, clearly.”

The irked BCB director also criticised Hathurusingha for his comments on the successful World Cup campaign. The coach stated he was “amazed” to have gained the trust of the team in a short span, since his appointment in May 2014.

Naimur said, “More than underestimating the team, I think he was more focused on highlighting his personal credit, ‘that I am a very successful coach’. His interview sounded like Bangladesh would have played in the final and won the trophy if the team was selected by his choice.” 

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