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Former captains question rebel players' unprofessional attitude

Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNI) Former captain Aminul Islam has slamed the rebel players who have signed up for the unauthorised Indian Cricket League (ICL) as ''unprofessional and childish''.

While the rebel players denied that money wasn't the only reason for their migration, Aminul doubted their reasons and said ''I saw no reason for them to retire. If they gave specific grounds for resignation, then I would have no problem with it,'' The vice-president of Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB), Aminul was speaking at a press conference hosted by the country's only players' body yesterday.

''Their steps will be harmful because it showed the wrong way for the future generations,'' said the country's first Test century-maker.

Aminul said the players were not quite professionals, something they are usually called.

''I wouldn't call them blackmailers, but definitely it was childish and unprofessional decision.

''One of them said that the coach (Jamie Siddons) misbehaved with him. Most of us have heard worse things but never came out in public. Another said that he wasn't assured of his spot in the team but he has been in the team for the past year.

''Only one's performance can assure him a place in a national team,'' said Aminul adding that he would want them to come back.

The Association also provided their stance in the matter, calling it 'wrong'.

The CWAB president and national selector Naimur Rahman said though his organisation was part of FICA (the world body), there was no reason for them to think like other countries.

''We have little resources and few players. We can't think like other countries in this regard,'' said the former national captain adding that the players could have asked CWAB to talk to BCB and discussed the matter.

General secretary Debabrata Paul, members Ahsanullah Hasan, Ehsanul Haq and Imran Parvez were the other memebers present during the meeting.

Last night in a formal announcement in New Delhi, the ICL named six new Bangladeshi faces which included former captain Habibul Bashar, his former deputy Shahriar Nafees, all-rounder Alok Kapali, wicketkeeper Diman Ghosh, Aftab Ahmed and Farhad Raza for its new team Dhaka Warriors.

In addition, the ICL also announced the names of pacemen Manjural Islam, Mohammad Sharif and Tapash Baisya, wicketkeeper Mabud Chowdhury, batsman Mahbubul Karim and left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Mosharraf Hossain who will form the an all Bangladeshi team for its second season that begins from October 10.


Story first published: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 12:39 [IST]
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