Bangladesh keen to add Abdul Razzak to national selection panel

BCB have approached former spinner

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Bangladesh want former player Abdul Razzak on their national selection panel.

The former Tigers left-arm spinner is being targeted as a possible replacement for Faruk Ahmed. It is hoped Razzak will make up a three-man panel that already includes Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar.

Bangladesh Cricket Board operations chairman Akram Khan said: “I have asked Habibul Bashar to know his (Razzak’s) mind regarding our proposal.

“Razzak is taking time as he is playing in the DPL. We are not sure whether he wants to prolong his career or not,” he told Cricbuzz.com.

Razzak has admitted that he has been offered the position on the selection panel but had not responded due to commitments to a club in the Dhaka Premier League. It is believed he will now consider the offer due to the DPL’s postponement because of the Coronavirus.

He said: ”Yes they have contacted me but I wanted some time to decide. I have told them that I will let them know after the Dhaka Premier League matches. Now as the league is postponed, I can think about this now.

”I have to leave cricket for this new job and it is not an easy decision for me because I am living on cricket for a long time. I have to take time to decide so that later I don't have any regret whatsoever.”

Bangladesh revamp continues

Other reported to be considered for the role by the BCB include former fast bowler Manjurul Islam and former batsman Shahriar Nafees.

News of selection panel changes follow the BCB also looking to add a new batting consultant.

Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar is being targeted to fill a consultant role in red-ball cricket. The BCB want him onboard in time for the two-match home Test series against Australia in June.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said: “We have spoken with Bangar [for Test batting consultant] but nothing is finalized yet. We are also negotiating with few others as well.”

Meanwhile, Bangladesh named Tamim Iqbal as captain of the country’s ODI team earlier this month. He takes over from Mashrafe Mortaza, who was replaced after the three-game series success over Zimbabwe.

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