The annual general meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), aimed at amending its present constitution and approving the audited financial reports for the last six years, will be held today (Friday) in the city, reports BDNEWS.
The newly-elected BCB executive committee, in its second meeting Wednesday, approved the proposed 64 amendments in 30 sections of ten chapters of the constitution, formulated in 2003.
But, the question of transparency has been raised in holding the AGM as the councillors were notified about the AGM just four days ahead of the AGM. The notice required to be issued at least one month ahead of the AGM.
BCB Councillor Iqbal Yousuf Chowdhury Niku already sent a legal-notice to the BCB president for withdrawal of the AGM as the president's notice to hold the AGM was not issued in accordance with the procedure of the BCB constitution.
With the notice sent just ahead of the AGM, Abahani councillor Ahmed Sajjadul Alam Bobi smelt a rat in it. He said: As per constitution we should have been notified about the AGM at least 30 days prior to the meeting, but we were informed three days before the meeting.
Bobi said, 'We, at this moment, are not in a position to say anything if we really wish to say something..…'
The proposed amendments recommend excluding four sections -- 2.7, 16.6, 16(14) and 22(Uma) -- and including 14 new sections -- 2.24, 2.25, 6.25, 13.1(ba), 13.1(Bha), 13.1(Ma), 13.1.5, 15(Ga), 15(Gha), 15(Uma), 15(Cha) 15(Chha), 15(Ja) and 16(17).
Of the amendments, 'The Board of Control for Cricket in Bangladesh (BCCB)' will take the new title 'Cricket Bangladesh' replacing the existing one.
There is also an amendment, which seeks to appoint a 'chief executive officer' and a 'chief financial official,' who will be appointed by the BCB executive committee.
The CEO will look after the administration and managerial matters along with the disciplines of its appointed employees while chief financial officer will work under the BCB treasurer.
Besides, the amendment will empower BCB president and general secretary to exercise more power than what exists. The general secretary will enjoy more freedom in financial matters.
The general secretary and the CEO will be members of all the BCB standing committees, but the CEO will be a non-voter member in the committee.
Another amendment seeks to exclude a section from the agenda of AGM. The CB president and the executive committee will select ten former national cricketers for its councillors if there is no existing former cricketers' forum, approved by Cricket Bangladesh, though the present constitution allows picking up of former cricketers for councillors.
The new amendment also axes two standing committees and introduces a new 'Audit committee.'
However, the executive committee will reserve the right to dismiss or reform any committee if the EC is not satisfied with the activities of the committee.