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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expresses profound sadness at the passing of Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury, former National Team coach, cricket analyst, cricketer and eminent sports writer.
Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury, who had been receiving treatment for severe lung infection, breathed his last in Dhaka today morning. He was 74. The BCB extends deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of the departed. The Board also pays tribute to his life-long dedication and contribution to cricket in Bangladesh.
As a cricket player, Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury started in the Dhaka League for Udity Club in the mid-1960s. An opening batsman and wicketkeeper, he went on to play for Young Pegasus, Town Club and Dhanmondi Club and represented Bangladesh Railway in the National Championship competition. He was a member of the first Bangladesh side in post-independence Bangladesh (Tour of MCC in 1977).
He received his diploma in cricket coaching from the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, India in 1979 and subsequently coached prominent Dhaka League teams Abahani, Mohammedan, Victoria, Shadharan Bima, Azad Sporting, PWD, Dhanmondi Club and Kalabagan. In his distinguished coaching career, Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury had been associated with the Bangladesh National Team on a number of occasions. He was one of the coaches of the Bangladesh 1979 and 1997 ICC Trophy squads. He was the Head Coach of Bangladesh in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2002.
Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury had also served the BCB as a member of its different standing committees which include Game Development, Cricket Operations and the Umpires Committee.