The Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed Manjural Islam as the new chief selector for their women team.
Former national left-arm pace bowler Manjural Islam has been appointed by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to fill in the spot vacated by Athar Ali. With that, he will now be the new chief selector for the Bangladesh women team as the latter was removed for being an international commentator at the same time.
This has been confirmed by BCB women’s wing chairman Nadel Chowdhury who says, ‘We have appointed Manju (Manjural) as our selector for the national women's team. He is appointed for one year and his tenure is expected to start from November. We will assess his performance before extending his contract further’.
Islam has admitted that he had indeed been contacted by the BCB. Confirming that he is interested in the post, he says, ‘I have been contacted by BCB asking me whether I am interested or not and I replied on a positive note. I am eager to work with BCB for a long time and if that is the case I am willing to take up the challenge’.
The 40-year-old has played a total of 17 Tests and 34 ODIs for Bangladesh from 1999 to 2004. His international career was cut short as he decided to join the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2008 after being out of national contention for four years. Sadly, it was in that league that his playing career had ended along with other players who had either been fined or banned due to the illegalities of the said league.
Years later, he worked as a development coach of the Asian Cricket Council in China. After his term in the ACC, he returned home to work as a coach in another different domestic competition in Bangladesh.
So far, an official appointment letter has not yet been given by the board to Islam. To further understand cricket as a sport, check out Betwala.
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