The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday welcomed former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s decision of running for their cricket board president’s post and were hopeful of establishing a better relation between the cricket boards with him in charge.
Ganguly is the sole president candidate for the upcoming elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, scheduled to be held on October 23,after filing his nomination on Monday and is now likely to be elected unopposed.
Jalal Yunus, the BCB director and its media committee chairman, said that they were optimistic of getting extra benefits with Ganguly as the BCCI chief.
‘Sourav Ganguly is a Bengali and an ex-cricketer. So undoubtedly we will get some extra advantage,’ Jalal told reporters at his office in Banani.
‘We will maybe feel a little bit more comfortable while discussing an issue with him as he is a Bengali and a former cricketer. We also have personal relations with many people there [India].
‘He has played in Bangladesh many times. He is very young. He has a deep connection here and also has personal relations with many people. This will undoubtedly help us,’ he added.
Jalal said that they can now ask for more bilateral series between the two nations and enhance the junior level programmes in the coming days after Sourav takes charge.
‘We can freely discuss about the matches we didn’t get in the past, maybe discuss about an exchange programme in bilateral series’ and even in junior levels,’ he said.
Jalal also shed light on the forthcoming tours of three different Bangladesh teams to Pakistan, as a four-member team will go to Pakistan this week for a security inspection.
Bangladesh national women’s team is set to depart on October 23 for Pakistan where they will play three Twenty20 internationals and two one-day internationals from October 26 to November 4 in Lahore.
Bangladesh Under-16 team is also scheduled to tour Pakistan at the same time while the national men’s team is expected to tour Pakistan in January, next year.
‘We have three proposed tours coming up in Pakistan, of the women’s team, men’s Under-16 team and the national team. For this, a four-member team from the government and intelligence agencies will soon go to Pakistan for a security inspection. It all depends on their clearance. One board member might accompany them,’ he said.
Jalal, however, said they were not under any kind of pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board to complete the tour.
‘No, we are under no pressure. It’s completely our decision of either going or not going. It is our cricket board’s and government’s decision,’ said Jalal.
‘They might feel the recent Sri Lanka tour is a plus point for them as they already completed a safe tour there. But we are not under any pressure. And the decision completely lies on the cricket board and the government.
‘Without government clearance we can’t go to Pakistan. Even if the board says yes to the tour, the government’s decision will be the final one,’ he added.
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