Veteran Bangladesh women’s cricketer Jahanara Alam has accused selector Manjurul Islam of mismanagement and bias after she was excluded from the squad that was announced for the ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022, starting January 18 in Malaysia. She wrote a letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board expressing her disappointment on the matter.
However, if reports are to be believed Jaharana Alam was left out of the squad due to disciplinary issues after she misbehaved with the team management during the Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. She is now a member of the stand by squad along with wicketkeeper Nuzhat Tasnia and off-break bowler Khadiza-Tul Kubra.
“Yes, we have received a letter from her (Jahanara) and will look into it and we will take required steps after taking everything into consideration. When a cricketer of Jahanara’s stature tells us anything naturally it will be taken seriously and we will try to find out the truth about her observation” said Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB Chief Executive.
The BCB Chief executive has also said that he will look into the matter. Meanwhile, a senior BCB official has revealed the reason why Alam was excluded from the squad. He said that Alam was responsible for creating groups within the team and disrespecting the board’s decision of appointing Nigar Sultana Joty as the skipper of the team.
Jahanara Alam Is Very Much In Our World Cup Plans: BCB Official
”We have decided to exclude her as we wanted to give a message to everyone but this does not imply all is gone for her as she is very much in our World Cup plan,” a high official of BCB women’s wing confirmed Cricbuzz.
Alam is a critical member of Bangladesh’s T20I setup. She made her T20I debut in 2011, is the fourth-highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the shortest format, having picked 38 wickets in 40 matches.
The women’s team, which will fly on January 8, and start their campaign in the five-nation tournament on January 18. Bangladesh will play against Kenya, Malaysia, Scotland and Sri Lanka. The qualifier among the teams will join seven other teams to take part in the cricket discipline of the XXII Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Birmingham between July August 2021.
Bangladesh Squad For Commonwealth Game Qualifiers
Nigar Sultana Joty (Captain), Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun, Fargana Hoque Pinky, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Murshida Khatun, Nahida Akter, Sharmin Akter Supta, Lata Mondol, Sobhana Mostary, Fariha Islam Trisna, Shanjida Akther Maghla, Suraiya Azmim
Stand By: Jahanara Alam, Nuzhat Tasnia, Khadiza-Tul Kubra