BCB committee starts evaluating miserable World Cup campaign

The newly constituted special committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, consisting of three members, commenced its work on Sunday to investigate the cause behind the team’s poor performance in the recently ended ICC World Cup.

Bangladesh could only win two of their nine league games and ended eighth in the 10-team competition in India, making this their weakest World Cup performance since 2003. Bangladesh emerged victorious from three World Cup matches in 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019. On November 29, the board established a three-person panel consisting of BCB directors Akram Khan, a member, and convenor Enayet Hossain Siraj.

Afterward, fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and Litton Kumar were also called upon by the BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin, and his selection panel member Habibul Bashar.

“The issue is what we are talking about with everyone. It’s not a question. After the meeting on Sunday, committee convenor Enayet told reporters, “We had to talk to everyone because of the shortcomings we had in the World Cup, where our results did not go according to expectations so that in the future we can take the team to higher levels.”

They have not yet decided when they will meet with captain Shakib al Hasan and head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. “It’s the initial stages (our findings), and when we end we will hand our findings to the board and they will give you all the details,” he said. Enayet stated, “We haven’t scheduled it yet.”

Shakib al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, Khaled Mahmud, the team director, and head coach Chandika Hathurusingha had earlier given their World Cup assessment reports. There doesn’t seem to be a rush right now because several of the players and coaching staff are participating in the ongoing Test series against New Zealand, according to BCB officials, who emphasized that there was no deadline for the special committee to give its conclusions.

“After the Test series, we have a visit to New Zealand for a white-ball series, and we don’t want to interfere with our players while they are playing. Some of our players are presently playing against New Zealand in the Test series. The special committee will speak with them whenever someone is available, at the convenience of both sides, according to a BCB representative.

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