New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 22, 2013

New Zealand T20 shifted from Sylhet to Mirpur

The venue of the only T20 international in the Bangladesh-New Zealand series has been shifted from the Sylhet Stadium to the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur due to construction work at the original venue. It will be played as per schedule on November 6.

The change was brought about in order to complete the construction of three important structures at the Sylhet venue. The ICC has given the BCB time till November 30 to finish the construction of the main pavilion building, the media centre and the scenic hill.

While the full construction of the pavilion building has been completed, there is some work left in the media centre and the hill that is being spruced up for a seated audience and a green bank.

Sylhet was earmarked as one of the venues for the 2014 World T20, but became the focus of attention along with the Cox's Bazar Stadium as the pace of work at both venues since June this year has been slow.

"Our priority is to complete this important World T20 venue ahead of the deadline given by the ICC," BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said. "Therefore we felt that to ensure uninterrupted work at the stadia in Sylhet, it was best to hold the Bangladesh-New Zealand match elsewhere."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • $$ milind on October 23, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    The stadium at Sylhet might be eye pleasing but I fear they may just have a little time less. I just hope Bangladesh get an opportunity to host an major event.

  • Shipu on October 22, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    I would advise Bangladesh Cricket to play 5 match ODI series at home from now on especially since they can now compete and win these long series with recent ones happening against West Indies and New Zealand. Bangladesh will soon have at least 4 top quality stadiums and for a country that has well over a 100 million people, 5 ODIs can allow every every Bangladeshi from every 1 of their cities to watch their players in action and that includes Syhlet. Syhlet is the fastest growing developing city in Bangladesh with a large percentage of people living there and it is a real shame that there wasn't hardly any International matches hosted in that region. This will also encourage the youngsters of Syhlet to take up the sport and who knows? may one day spot a potential world class Sylheti Cricketer.

    We're really eager to see this new exciting Sylhet stadium with beautiful tea gardens and hills.

  • Syed on October 22, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Looks like this new stadium will be brilliant!

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