As women’s cricket kicks off around the world, teams are gearing up for the competition to heat up. While BCCI appoints a selection panel, Pakistan has got a new coach. Bangladesh, as per recent reports, has found their chief selector in former pacer Manjural Islam. Manjural has been given the charge to select the best of Bangladeshi talent for the country’s senior women team.
The post got vacant after Atahar Ali left the role. His commitment as an international commentator led to the same. Nadel Chowdhary who chairs the women’s wing of Bangladesh Cricket Board approved of the reports and added that the contract of new chief selector shall begin from the coming month of November. Nadel said that “We have appointed Manju [Manjural] as our selector for national women’s team”. He further told media personnel that the new contract will last only for a year.
As mentioned above, the contract will come into force from November, and the extension, as per Nadel, will only be enforced if the performance comes satisfactory. The performance will be assessed before any extension is offered. It is interesting to note that Manjural has represented Bangladesh in 17 test matches. He has played 34 one-day Internationals too. It was the rebel Indian Cricket League that got him derailed from an extensive cricketing career. He was dropped off international cricket for four years. Later, however, he didn’t leave his cricketing passion.
He worked as a development coach for Asian Cricket Council in China. He then returned to Bangladesh and was associated with many domestic teams at competitions. When contacted by media, Manjural confirmed that he had been approached by Bangladesh Cricket Board and has replied in a “positive” way.
He adds that he is up and ready for the challenge and was eager to work for his country and BCB. A formal appointment letter, however, is missing as of now. Munjal will have the responsibility of giving Bangladesh their best side for the upcoming championships. While the job may not be easy, the cricket-loving country will rejoice his efforts for ages.