BCB set for radical constitutional changesStaff Correspondent
The Bangladesh Cricket Board is all set to approve some major constitutional changes in its extra-ordinary general meeting and annual general meeting at a city hotel today.
The EGM, which will start at 10:30am, is likely to approve the draft constitution of seven regional bodies, a major step towards decentralization of the game.
If the draft constitution of the regional cricket bodies is approved the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis will be abolished and it will be replaced by Dhaka Metropolitan Cricket Association.
The six regional cricket bodies will be based in six divisional headquarters – Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal and Sylhet.
The EGM will be followed by the AGM which is set to bring some radical changes to the constitution. They include the provision for an election to the president’s post and the abolishment of the chief executive officer and chief financial officer posts.
According to National Sports Council Act 2003, presidents of all sports bodies can be elected or nominated by the government. However, currently there are only two elected presidents – the president of Bangladesh Football Federation and the president of Bangladesh Olympic Association.
The BCB president has always been nominated by the government. But a model constitution of the International Cricket Council for the member countries said ‘the presidents of all national cricket bodies must be elected’. If a country fails to bring necessary amendment to its constitution, the model constitution will replace the existing one in 2013.
In the proposed amendment to BCB constitution, the president will not only be elected but he will lose some executive power as well, including his power to give a ruling on certain issues.
The chief executive officer will be replaced by chief operating officer, who will run the administration but will not have any executive power, a model that only Pakistan follows currently. The chairman of the BCB’s finance committee will replace the CFO.
According to a proposed amendment, former cricketers including the representative of Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh will lose their councillorships.
Three new standing committees will be formed, taking the number of such bodies to 18. The new committees are security committee, facilities committee and age-group committee. The last two committees are currently known as the grounds & facilities committee and development committee respectively.
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