CWAB officials refuse to resign

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 22,2019


The officials of Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh on Monday refused to confirm if they would resign as demanded by the senior national players and other cricketers following their years of inaction.

The resignation of much-criticized CWAB officials was the first desire of players, who announced a boycott of all cricketing activities unless authorities agreed to fulfil their 11-point demand.

CWAB is headed by BCB director Naimur Rahman, who clung to the position for last 10 years, despite the allegation of conflict of interest.

CWAB secretary Debabrata Paul is also currently as a match-referee of BCB. BCB director Khaled Mahmud is the vice-president of CWAB.

The organisation, which also represents Bangladesh in player’s global body FICA, did not hold any election since its formation. 

The CWAB, which has no formal office, is known as a briefcase organisation of its secretary Debabrata.

Debabrata, however, claimed that it was working for the interest of cricketers for many years.

‘The demands that the players made we were working on it for many days. In fact, some of these demands were in the process of getting approved very soon,’ he said.

‘Not necessary that all our actions have to be visible,’ he said. 

Debabrata informed that the tenure of their present committee ended seven months ago but they could not form a new committee in the absence of co-operation from players.

‘We invited three national players to join the committee but they did not come forward,’ he said, without naming any player.

He said cricketer Naeem Islam contacted them only to get his own due wages from the club.

‘Players hardly come to us. Still we are working to protect their interest,’ said CWAB.

CWAB went largely inactive in 2012 after the then BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal largely dismissed it as collective bargaining agency, saying that he would not accept their any demand.

He then later scrapped the provision of a councillor from CWAB from its constitution.

Players blamed it for not playing any role when the BCB introduced players’ draft in DPL. It also failed to make statement when they BCB controversially suspended two first division players in 2017 for protesting against poor umpiring.

Without confirming their intention to resign Debabrata said they are unwilling to continue in the next committee.

‘You will see our next committee very soon. We don’t want to stay there,’ he said adding that they would clear their position by Tuesday.

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