Former General Secretary of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Reza-e-Karim passed away in the early hours of Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Bangladesh Specialized Hospital. He was 82 years old at the time of his passing.
Mr Karim had been fighting a long battle with several health conditions including cancer.
Mr Karim was one of the pioneers of cricket in post-liberation Bangladesh. After the Liberation War in 1971, there were no signs of organised cricket in Bangladesh but Mr Karim was one of them who started it all from the scratch. From that time, when the board was confined to a room in the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
He was the then BCCB's Secretary of the first division league and tournament committee in 1974-75. He was the Secretary of the BCCB when the first constitution of the Board was drafted in 1976-77.
He was also influential in Bangladesh receiving associate membership from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1976. It was him who had written the draft of the invitation to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to travel to Bangladesh in 1977. Also, in the first match between Bangladesh and MCC, he took upon the job of umpiring. He also served as the selector and the treasurer of the board.
BCB expressed their condolences on the death of Mr Karim. In an official media release, BCB said, "The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expresses deep bereavement at the passing away of Reza-E-Karim, Former General Secretary of the Board. The Board extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased."
The Namaz-e-Janaza of the late Reza-e-Karim will be held on Sunday after Zuhr prayer at Baitush Sarak Mosque, Tejgaon Monipuri Para. He will be buried at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard in Mirpur.