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BCB appoints fact-finding committee to review Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup performance

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Two-member panel expected to speak to squad members, coaching staff, board officials, and even members of the media

The BCB has formed a two-member committee to review Bangladesh’s dismal performance at the T20 World Cup. Directors Jalal Yunus and Enayet Hossain are the members of this committee – they have not been given a deadline to complete their investigation, but are expected to report to the board once done with it.

“It is almost like a fact-finding (committee),” Jalal said. “We weren’t supposed to perform so poorly. We will speak to the players, team management and board officials who had travelled to the World Cup. We will even speak to members of the media. We will try to find out what exactly happened.

“We will start our work from tomorrow but there’s no time frame for the committee. We don’t want to disturb the preparation for the Pakistan series [of three T20Is and two Tests in November-December]. We will refer to the coach’s report, but we will also speak to the manager and coach verbally.”

Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup campaign began with a shock loss to Scotland in the first round, before they bounced back to beat Oman and Papua New Guinea. After that, in the main competition, they lost all their five matches, though they did get into decent positions against Sri Lanka and West Indies. And after Shakib Al Hasan left the squad with a hamstring injury, the wheels came off; Bangladesh were then bowled out for 84 and 73, against South Africa and Australia respectively.
In the four days after their T20 World Cup campaign ended, board president Najmul Hassan has held meetings with his colleagues, as well as a discussion with former captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been especially critical of the support staff led by head coach Russell Domingo, and Tamim Iqbal, who had opted out of the World Cup to give other openers a fair go.
According to some reports, the BCB has appointed Khaled Mahmud, the former captain who is also a board director, as the team director for the upcoming Pakistan series. Mohammad Salahuddin, the BPL-winning coach, is also in discussions to join the squad as an assistant coach, while there is talk of the BCB looking for a “power-hitter” coach as well.

Bangladesh’s training camp for the Pakistan series begins on November 13 – the three-match T20I series is scheduled to start from November 19, and the Tests will follow.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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SJN report – Another delay as CSA ombudsman asks for week’s extension

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“We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly,” CSA acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki

CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report will be delivered to the organisation a week later than scheduled, with the ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, requesting an extension to the revised November 30 deadline. The report will now be sent to the board on December 6.

Pholetsi Moseki, the CSA acting chief executive, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the report would be made public after the board has spent time deliberating on its contents: “We will have a board meeting soon after we receive the report and then we will release it publicly.”

The report will contain recommendations made by Ntsebeza on issues relating to discrimination in South African cricket, and is expected to cover issues around the culture in the national teams, selection, match fees, and the grassroots.

CSA is not obligated to implement any of Ntsebeza’s suggestions, but is likely to act on at least some of them.

This is the second time the report has been delayed after it was initially expected to be completed by September 30. The deadline had to be extended after several parties that were implicated in the first phase of testimonies between July 5 and August 6 requested for time to compile their replies, which was granted.
The second phase of testimonies was held in October and included responses by current head coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith, and former men’s captain AB de Villiers. All three submitted written affidavits and did not appear before the SJN to give oral evidence, and only Boucher’s statement has been made public so far.
Although Ntsebeza had previously indicated that the process could do with more time, it has already run for most of 2021 after the first call for submissions was put out at the end of April. It is believed that CSA had budgeted Rand 5 million (US$ 350,000 approx) for the project but the amount has gone up because of the extensions. The costs have come at a time when CSA is waiting to see if its coffers will be filled by an India tour, scheduled to begin in mid-December but in doubt because of the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in southern Africa.

South Africa’s men’s team is also due to play New Zealand (away) and Bangladesh (at home) this summer, while the women’s team is scheduled to host West Indies before the Women’s World Cup.

Last week, CSA confirmed that all national teams would continue to take a knee before each match this season to show solidarity with the fight against racism.



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