The general meeting of the ABSCA Inc. was held on 19 June 2016 at Haji Biriyani, 158 Haldon Road, Lakemba. The meeting was attended by 12 team Captains, Vice Captains and Managers. 4 teams has sent their apologies but confirmed their participation in forthcoming cricket season competition.
It was for the first time in community cricket that teams were invited to express their opinion while ABSCA Board members noted their wish list. The team expressed their confidence that the current team of ABSCA members are the right persons to run the community cricket and they are the most capable persons to arrange this prestigious tournament.
The President NasimSamad introduced the Board members, MJ Alam, MonirulMitul, Masud Khan, ShamimMostafa,ShoaibRonyand MasrurAhsan Siam to all the teams present. The teams present introduced themselves. The meeting was informed the ABSCA Board has decided to invite Mr Morris Iemma, former PM of NSW, Deputy Chair of St George District Cricket Association and currently the Commissioner of Greater Sydney Development Authority to be the Honorary Chairman of the Board. CNSW and Sydney Thunder will be invited to join ABSCA Board as observer. The Board also approved the appointment of Harry Solomon, MD of Kingsgrove Sports to the Advisory Board. There will be more appointment in coming days of prominent businessman, reputed journalist, professionals and high profile identity of Sydney.
The President informed the meeting of the appointment of UBS Accounting as the Accountant of ABSCA and Batallion Solicitors for all legal matters.
Attending teams’ wish list included better fields, umpires, prize money and standalone trophy. The GS Mitul informed that the Champion team will get $3000, Runners Up $2000 and third position $1000. Man of the Match (MOM) in final will be awarded $500.Best Batsman – $500 + Kit Bag, Best Bowler – $500 + Kit Bag, MOM Knock-Out level- $250, MOM Group level – Medal
Treasurer Masud informed that a poll will be arranged to name the tournament. Teams will need to send the EOI (expression of interest) of participation by 2nd week of July 2016. The Treasurer informed the fee will not be more than the current rate.
ABSCA will arrange to celebrate Victory Day 2016 in a befitting manner which will be a first such memorable event for the Bangladeshi community.Mr Babul Chowdhury, Chairman of Advisory Committee of ABSCA will plan and manage the event and the Board will provide all logistic support for the event.
The forward planner includes a granddinner to be arranged to launch the cricket season, ABSCA will arrange a musical concert with local and overseas artist, arrange net practices at coaching centre with coaches from SCG. Dates will be advised soon.
Teams present highly praised and thanked the Board for first time in community cricket they were given a chance to speak their mind and was happy to cooperate with ABSCA to launch a successful cricket season.
MasrurAhsan Siam, Executive Board member led the munajatprior breaking of fast. Siam sought the blessing of Almighty Allah and pleaded for his forgiveness for all during the holy month. The meeting ended with a nicely arranged big iftar, magrib prayer and sumptuous dinner.
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PS: photos of the meeting attached.