Kamal Ziaul Islam (KZ Islam), the soul of Bangladesh cricket, has passed away. KZ Islam, former president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), founder of Nirman School Cricket and chairman of Nirman International, died at his residence at 3:55 pm on Monday. He was 86 years old.
BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon has expressed deep grief over the death of KZ Islam.
In a condolence message, Nazmul Hasan said, "He was a pioneer of cricket. Bangladesh cricket will be forever indebted to him."
Janazah of KZ Islam was held at 8:45 pm tonight at Azad Mosque in Gulshan. He will be buried at Banani Cemetery.
The BCB will hoist the flag at half-mast at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday to pay homage to the former president.
KZ Islam was a chartered accountant by profession.
This talented sports organizer became the president of Azad Boys Club in 1986. He was the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Cricket Control Board in the 1981-82 season.
He served as the president of the BCB for seven years. KZ Islam was the President of the BCB from January 30, 1983 to February 18, 1983.
The late organizer was the fourth president of the BCB.
Bangladesh played its first international match (1986 Asia Cup) when KZ Islam was the president of BCB.
He also started the Premier Cricket League with his hand. He received the Bangladesh National Sports Award in 2001 for his contribution in the field of sports.
KZ Islam's biggest initiative in Bangladesh cricket is school cricket.
He started school cricket in Bangladesh. He introduced school cricket under the auspices of his organization 'Nirman' and spread it all over the country.
Aminul Islam Bulbul, Khaled Mahmud Sujan and almost all the top cricketers of the country were once involved in competitive cricket in construction school cricket.