MPs seek answer for sports debacle

A file photo from October 11, 2016 shows Bangladesh players are trying to foil a Bhutanese attack during their 1-3 defeat in the Asian Cup qualifying play-off second-leg match at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu. — Courtesy photo

Lawmakers on Tuesday expressing their frustration over poor performance of National cricket team in New Zealand tour and recent performance of National football team sought to know what steps to be taken to improve performance of the teams. 

They raised the issue at parliament after the Bangladesh cricket team failed to win any match including tour matches in the New Zealand tour, completed this week. 

In October 2016 Bangladesh football team failed to qualify even in the qualifying round of Asian Cup after a humiliating 1-3 loss to Bhutan in the second leg play-off, which also put Bangladesh in danger of missing out on any international matches in the next three-years.

Lawmaker AKM Rezaul Karim Tansen said that the Bangladesh cricket team was clean swept by the New Zealand team which raised question among people. 

‘What steps would be taken to improve quality of cricket,’ he asked the state minister for youth and sports Biren Shikder.

In reply, Biren Sikder said that people could raise the question about cricket team’s performance in New Zealand.

‘The team will attend conditioning camp prior to any tour and specialist coaches for batting, bowling and fielding would be appointed to avoid results like New Zealand tour,’ he said.

Lawmaker Habibur Rahman in his starred question placed in the parliament on Tuesday said that whole nation was frustrated with performance of men’s football team. 

He said that in the meantime female football team had advanced quite a far in a short time in terms of performance. 

He asked the state minister what steps would be taken to improve the performance of female footballer.

While lawmaker Begum Pinu Khan asked the state minister whether Dhaka football league was in place to improve quality of game of Dhaka football clubs.

Biren Sikder said that government would take steps to improve performance of the football teams. ‘We would emphasise improving women football team through district sports council.’ 

source: Newage