Bangladesh will be playing their first Test series of the year next month
Newly appointed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has announced that his main priority is to improve the national team’s performance in Test cricket.
Hassan recently replaced Mustafa Kamal as president of the board after Kamal was nominated to become the new vice-president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“We are weak in the longer version of the game. We are good in the shorter formats, we have to focus on how we can do better in the longer version. We have to further popularise the game in the country and bring out cricketers from remote areas. This is going to be my biggest challenge,” Hassan said.
Hassan also stated that the BCB would do everything in its power to ensure that improvements are made to the Test squad ahead of the upcoming series against the West Indies, who are riding on a ton of momentum after winning the ICC World Twenty20.
“We win some and we lose some but it [Test cricket performance] has nothing to do with the success or shortcomings of the board president,” Hassan added.
Hassan was chosen by the government of the country to become the new BCB president, but recently, the board sent an amended constitution to the National Sports Council in order to have their leaders picked freely rather than appointed by the government.
Hassan noted that he was in agreement with this amendment and added that he hoped it would be ratified.
“I am always in favour of elections, it is better than being appointed. The person who is deemed fit by the people should be president. Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh will participate in the BCB elections. If you ask me if cricketers should be part of the cricket board, I would say they should have more voting rights,” Hassan said.