You can say A new captain, a new chief selector—a new era is upon us. The role of the coach in modern cricket is also gradually expanding, perhaps a little more in Bangladesh. But in all countries, at all times, these two positions have remained unchanged as the most important in any cricket team – the captain and the chief selector. Both of them play a big role in determining the current and future course of any team. Yesterday’s meeting of Bangladesh Cricket Board must be called groundbreaking from this point of view. Many other important decisions were taken in the meeting. But naturally, two names have become bigger than the rest – Nazmul Hossain and Gazi Ashraf Hossain.
The first one can also be called a routine declaration. Because, in that sense, there is no surprise in the announcement of Nazmul Hossain as the new captain of the Bangladesh team. In the course of events of the last few days, it was the demand of time. Still, there was little doubt until the official announcement. There is no way to say that the Bangladesh Cricket Board always complies with the demands of time.
Still, the announcement of Nazmul as captain can be said to be predictable, while Gazi Ashraf Hossain as the chief selector is certainly a surprise. In the sense that he has no association with this committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board for a long time. After losing the 2013 BCB Board of Directors elections, he withdrew himself from Bangladesh cricket. Sometimes Sarab has appeared, but in a different role. He has always spoken his mind about the activities of the board which have room for criticism. Sometimes the medium was a newspaper column, sometimes a television talk show.
It was not unusual for BCB to consider these as ‘disqualifications’ in Bangladeshi culture. Another reason for the surprise is that Gazi Ashraf Hossain’s name has not been heard in the past few days as the chief selector.
He is the first ODI captain of Bangladesh. At the end of his playing career, he was involved with Bangladesh cricket in various roles. Gazi Ashraf Hossain can be written without being asked, of which he is probably most proud of his role in the 1997 ICC Trophy. This article begins with the words ‘new era’, the new era in Bangladesh cricket in a larger sense started with the victory of the ICC trophy held in Malaysia. The big contribution of Gordon Greenidge and Gazi Ashraf Hossain’s duo in the victory. Aminul Islam, the vice-captain of the ICC trophy-winning team, sees Gazi Ashraf’s role as a big one among these two. I can say knowingly, Aminul is not alone in this thought.
Gazi Ashraf Hossain has played an indirect role in the selection of the Bangladesh team before and after the ICC Trophy, but this is the first time that Gazi Ashraf Hossain is appearing in the role of a direct selector. There was always curiosity about how he fulfilled this responsibility. That curiosity is increasing, because of the proceedings of the BCB selection committee in the last few days. During Minhajul Abedin’s tenure as Chief Selector for almost 9 years, the party selection was very much like ‘Dashe Milli Kari Kaj’. It is heard that not only the board president, but also many directors of the board have ‘contributed’ to the party election. There is no way to dismiss them by hearsay. Another former captain Farooq Ahmed resigned from the post of Chief Selector in protest against this chaotic process of team selection.
The choice of Gazi Ashraf as the chief selector is also a surprise for this reason. He should not agree to take this responsibility unless he is guaranteed full independence in party elections. If BCB really gives it, it is a positive thing for Bangladesh cricket
They may not be fans of each other in their personal life, but Gazi Ashraf Hossain and Farooq Ahmed have similarities in terms of strong personality and independent nature. The choice of Gazi Ashraf as the chief selector is also a surprise for this reason. He should not agree to take this responsibility unless he is guaranteed full independence in party elections. If BCB really gives it, it is a positive thing for Bangladesh cricket. If the task of selecting the team is not left to the selectors, then they do not have the authority to demand the accountability of the BCB.
In the culture of Bangladesh, it is better to have the authority of the dressing room in the hands of one person. Making Nazmul the captain of all three editions can therefore be called the beginning of a new era.
Gazi Ashraf Hossain’s appearance in a new role was a surprise, so much was said about it. So that Nazmul Hossain’s captaincy is considered less important, there is room for misunderstanding. The main reason for this is that there has been a lot of talk about Nazmul’s leadership qualities in the past few days. Shakib Al Hasan’s ‘dummy’ in the 11 matches he has led Bangladesh in three editions has made it clear that he is the most suitable to lead Bangladesh in the post-Shakib, Tamim era. Not only the captaincy of the field, Nazmul’s speech outside the field also shows the image of a true captain. For the time being, he will get the opportunity to look away from the present as he gets the responsibility for a year.
The decision to make Nazmul captain in all three editions instead of sharing the captaincy is also to be applauded. The divisiveness started in 2014, but mainly because Mashrafe bin Mortaza did not play Tests. At first it may have been of some use. But in the last few years, having different captains in different editions has not been good for Bangladesh cricket most of the time. It has also created divisions in the party sometimes. In the culture of Bangladesh, it is better to have the authority of the dressing room in the hands of one person. Making Nazmul the captain of all three editions can therefore be called the beginning of a new era. Shakib has been that for the past few days, but that is incidental.
The new era started by Nazmul and Gazi Ashraf remained a matter of deep interest.
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