Nazmul Hasan takes charge as Asian Cricket Council president

At the Annual General Meeting in Lahore, Hasan took over from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani.

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief, Nazmul Hasan, took charge as the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for a two-year term on Saturday. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief, Nazmul Hasan, took charge as the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for a two-year term on Saturday.

At the Annual General Meeting in Lahore, Hasan took over from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani. This was the first AGM hosted by Pakistan in more than a decade, and this was the first time, no officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) attended the meeting as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) instructed that the Board should stay away from the meeting given the ‘political climate’ between the two countries.

Commenting on his new role as the ACC president, Hasan said, “I am honoured to take over the coveted role of ACC president. My foremost endeavour would be to bring the Asian cricket-playing countries together, and promote the sport around the region. The Asian wing is right now the strongest as far as international cricket is concerned, with as many as five Test-playing nations and two countries with ODI status,” the BCB chief said.

“I have already been associated with ACC for a number of years and I hope my experience will help me in taking the ACC to greater heights in unison with all member countries.”

Mani in his address thanked the ACC and ICC officials. “The Asian region is incredibly important for the future of international cricket comprising the biggest fan base for the game.

“I welcome Nazmul as the new president of the ACC, I am confident that he will work in promoting the game further in the region. I would also like to thank the ACC board and all member countries for their support during Pakistan’s tenure.”

During the meeting, Afghanistan was unanimously selected as a full member of ACC.