Nannu brands Ashraful a ‘traitor’...

Nannu brands Ashraful a ‘traitor’

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 02:49 PM, 3 January 2022  

Mohammad Ashraful and Minhazul Abedin Nannu; File Photo

Mohammad Ashraful and Minhazul Abedin Nannu; File Photo

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhazul Abedin Nannu has branded former national team cricketer Mohammad Ashraful as a “traitor”.

In a discussion on the tenure of the selection panel on a program aired on a private television channel in the country, Nannu said that “no good advice could be expected from the players who were suspended for match-fixing due to treason”.

Recently, Mohammad Ashraful commented that it is not possible to bring success in cricket with a long-term selection panel. “Those who are on the selection panel – we are supposed to taste the benefits of their talents within 3-4 years. However, if the same person continues to do the same thing for 11 years, we will be stuck in one place,” Ashraful said.

Ashraful further said that the term of the selection panel should be 3-4 years. If the panel has a term from one World Cup to another, there will be an opportunity for “different thoughts and ideas”.

About this, Minhazul Abedin Nannu, who remained in the post of Chief Selector even after the expiration of his term, was asked how long his term in the selection panel should be? 

In response to the query, Nannu sternly said that Ashraful probably had no idea how long Cricket Australia’s chief selector had been in charge. He has worked continuously for about 9 to 12 years. Is Australia far behind?

He then said that “Ashraful was just saying that the selectors would be there from one World Cup to the another. So will Bangladesh only play T20 World Cup or will it play the 50 overs World Cup? Or play Test cricket? So will there be separate selectors for T20, ODI and Test?”

Nannu added Ashraful has no clear words. No good advice can be expected from a cricketer who is suspended for match-fixing for being a “traitor”, he said.