‘Tribunal all but completed’Staff Correspondent
The 10-member disciplinary panel to deal with the nine individuals charged with corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League is all but completed, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said on Monday.
The ICC had asked the BCB to form the panel from where separate tribunals will be constituted to deal with each individual charged by the ICC Anti Corruption and Security Unit for match-fixing related crimes.
Former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury has already confirmed he will lead a disciplinary panel of the board and form tribunals to hold trial though he did not name any other panel members.
The BCB did not formally announce his name, citing an ICC embargo, which left everyone in dark about the trial. Neither the BCB nor the ICC, however, provided any reason behind the embargo, an unprecedented example – involving a trial that is supposed to be open.
As the BCB is consuming time before finalising the process, it gave some persons to start lobbying to become a member. A former national captain was lobbying openly for the last few days, raising suspicion of a vested interest in the trial process.
‘I think it won’t take a long time to form the panel as majority of it is completed,’ Nazmul told reporters at the Fatullah Stadium while accompanying the ICC venue inspection team ahead of the forthcoming ICC World Twenty 20.
‘We need to have a list of a 10-member panel but the persons nominated on the panel need to give their consent. We need to sit with the lawyers as an individual’s agreement is required, perhaps that has not been completed yet,’ said Nazmul.
‘I am not well-informed about it as I just returned from abroad last night,’ said Nazmul.
‘Tomorrow [Tuesday] I will sit to resolve the matter and I am sure it won’t take more than two or three days unless there is any legal issue,’ he added.
The panel members will be selected from three different categories of professionals.
Three members will be appointed from the retired judges of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh or district judges, three from socially well-recognised civilians while the remaining four shall be appointed from persons having expertise in cricket.
It was learnt that Justice Amin will head the 10-member disciplinary panel with the names of Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, Barrister Rafiqul Haque, Azmalul Hossain QC, former national cricket team captain Roquibul Hassan and cricketer Ishtiaque Ahmed, among others, being discussed.
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