বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Kamal has to perform


AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday took over as president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the most lucrative sports federation of the country, with high hopes.In the initiation ceremony at the BCB headquarters at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, both the new boss and his predecessor Lt. Gen. Sina Ibn Jamali shared a common view that without professionalism in all activities it was impossible to achieve any goal in this modern day.And here lies the main challenge for the new president and without any delay he should take some decisions to make everybody believe that his view about professionalism is not 'for the sake of discussion only'.But the harsh reality is that an organisation like BCB has been running without a permanent CEO (chief executive officer) for more than one-and-a-half years now, although a plan is already in place to give the board a corporate shape.One may disagree, but the reality is that professionalism has taken a backseat ever since the departure of Zimbabwean CEO Macky Dudhia. And now there should not be any doubt that the new boss will have to appoint someone highly efficient in this demanding post if he wants to make his dream come true.The biggest challenge ahead for the sport's local governing body is to successfully hold the 2011 World Cup and this should undoubtedly be the board's top priority. More than six months have already gone by after the BCB high-ups admitted that they were lagging behind in their preparations for the mega event. Unfortunately the board has yet to start the work for preparing the stadiums for the event although the government has approved the budget.No doubt that the board needs government's patronisation in this regard and the appointment of Kamal, a very influential ruling Awami League lawmaker, made many believe that things would now change and the board get the best support from government.A lot was expected when a band of tried and tested organisers took office of the richest sports body of the country through a fervent election November last year, but one can't say the best has been delivered from them.Like it or hate it, in modern day success depends on good governance and there is no doubt that the board has a lot of good people working with it and many believe that the new president can boost up the activities on a fiercely competitive field, where Bangladesh have won more criticism than applause.It is hoped that under the new leader the board would move forward with pragmatic plans.After the 2005 election the area that suffered most was development and here Kamal has to be proactive to fulfil his dream as he said in the press conference yesterday: "I want to take our cricket to new heights".These are some of so many other issues that can be raised but the main thing is that the new president has to make sure a teamwork to look after the immediate issues as well as chalk out a long-term programme for which he will be remembered in the country's history of cricket.And everybody wants to believe in his words that "club affiliation and political affiliation will not play any role in running the show during my tenure", although some unsavoury scenes took place as a few supporters greeted him with bouquets, hoisting banners.

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