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5 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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BCB’s massive plan to reshuffle age group cricket

Coaches’ appointments to be streamlined
MD ABU TALHA SARKER
BCB’s massive plan to reshuffle age group cricket
A file photo of Bangladesh Under-19 team which took part in World Youth Cricket in UAE 2014.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has chalked out a comprehensive mechanism to cope with the current difficulties and future challenges associated with international cricket. It hopes that in this way, the benefits of the changes could be sustainable and effective over the long term as far as cricket in the country is concerned.

As part of the mechanism, the BCB has decided to reshuffle its age-level cricket, in the forms of senior men’s and women’s cricket.

The board will appoint a host of new coaches at different districts across the country which had no coaches earlier. It will swap coaches from their home districts to other districts on a regular basis to curb irregularities, favouritism and nepotism.

It has been learnt from a source in BCB Games Development that the BCB had no coaches in nine out of 64 districts across the country. The board recently appointed coaches in six new districts where it had no coaches on previous occasions, along with other three districts. This means that the BCB has coaches in 61 districts. Only Netrokona, Natore and Dinajpur districts have no BCB appointed coach at present.

The BCB has appointed coaches for nine districts—Kushtia, Bagerhat, Khulna, Jamalpur, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Nilphamari. Among these districts, Kushtia, Bagerhat, Khulna, Cox’s Bazar, Rajshahi and Sylhet have got new coaches from the board.

The BCB has around 100 coaches at the central, divisional and district levels. Of them, there are 15 coaches at the divisional level, 61 at the district level and 15 more at the central level at the BCB’s disposal.

Apart from that, the board is making efforts to launch and regularise the cricket league at the district and divisional levels.

BCB insiders also disclosed that only 30 district sports associations (DSAs) organise district leagues regularly, while the bulk of the 35 districts are irregular in arranging the cricket leagues. This has caused concern to the board.

The BCB has also decided to increase the number of the selectors for its age-level cricket apart from the existing selectors' panel to lessen their existing and new workloads.

Currently, a total of four age-level selectors, including Hannan Sarker, Hasibul Hossain Shanto, Ahmed Sajjad Shipon and Ehsanul Haque Sheezan, is in the selection panel.

BCB director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, who is also the chairman of its Games Development Committee, acknowledged the matter of appointments of selectors and coaches, stating that they plan to sign up some selectors and coaches to ease the current workload.

“We’ve taken some measures to strengthen the pipeline of age-level cricket. We held a workshop with the participation of our district coaches, where we put forward most of the aspects,” said Mahmud.

“We’ll appoint some selectors for age-level cricket apart from the existing selectors. Apart from that, we’ll also employ some more new coaches to detect budding talents from the grassroots,” he added.

"As a part of this programme, the BCB’s Games Development Committee decided to tap the main source of the age-level cricketers—districts sports associations along with divisional sports associations—so that both the local entities can become active and take their respective initiatives, including organising local leagues on a regular basis," he added.

In July, the BCB Games Development Committee held a discussion meeting with the 64 district coaches, where they were told that they should play their roles as coaches coupled with those of selectors.

They were informed by the board that the BCB does not want to see any more irregularities. There should be bias-free players’ selection at the grassroots level. They were issued a warning that the board will give a target for each coach, and those who can meet it would be rewarded. However, those who fail to act as per the guidelines would be replaced.

The board will arrange national camps for those players who will be selected from all over the country through the age-level and district tournaments. They will help develop players’ game sense at this level of cricketers, whose poor game sense remains, despite their working hard.

A Level 1 coach will be appointed in a district that has no coach of Level 2 standard.

A strict monitoring system will also be put in place so that the coaches can continue their work of coaching and selection fairly and freely, and help the board find talented cricketers and push them into the pipeline.

The board has already taken wide-ranging steps to decentralise the country’s cricket, a process that will come into effect in the new domestic cricket season.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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