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Papon wants to quit as BCB chief very soon

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 15 Jan 2024, 06:35 pm

Dhaka, Jan 15: Nazmul Hasan Papon was elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Kishoreganj-6 Constituency in the 12th National Parliament Elections. After becoming an MP, the government gave Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Papon the responsibility of youth and sports ministry.

On Sunday (January 14), the newly appointed Minister of Youth and Sports held office on the first working day with the members of the Cabinet. He came to the National Sports Council (NSC) building to take charge of the National Sports Council Chairman after 3 pm.

Hundreds of athletes and organizers of the sports arena were waiting under the NSC Tower on the north side of the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Cricket, football, hockey, swimming, shooting, table tennis, volleyball, badminton, athletics, tennis, women's sports organizations and media members were seen there as a gathering.

Papon then spoke to reporters after being showered with warm wishes from people from all walks of life. He answered many questions from reporters during the 40-minute press conference. However, before Papon, there were three other BCB presidents in addition to serving as ministers. They are Lt. Col. Mostafizur Rahman, Saber Hossain Chowdhury and AHM Mustafa Kamal. But none of them were sports ministers. In this case, Papon is the first BCC President as the Sports Minister and has started working.

How does Papon feel about handling two major responsibilities? Does he feel embarrassed? In response to such questions, Papon did not directly say that he was embarrassed. But the gist of what Papon said is that he also does not want to be the Sports Minister alongside the BCB chief. Papon said, "I want to quit very soon."

Papon also said, "Even if I want to leave, it won't happen anymore. As president of BCB, I am on three committees of ICC (International Cricket Council). Also chairman of a committee. Now I leave the post of board president. But whoever will be the new president instead of me, he will not be considered for that post of ICC. Can't attend the ICC meeting, how will that look?"