World Twenty20 2014 October 8, 2012

Bangladesh hopes to be ready for 2014 World T20

The 2014 World Twenty20 will be Bangladesh's most challenging hosting assignment. Nothing but the best hospitality will be expected, and whoever is in charge will have to plan well and more importantly plan early

On July 1, 2010 the ICC announced the names of two countries that would host the 2012 and 2014 World Twenty20s; it hardly created a ripple in either one of them. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were busy preparing for the next event on the horizon, the 2011 World Cup, while it was also in the middle of the football World Cup, not many Bangladeshis would have noticed it. But two years on from the announcement, with both having co-hosted the 50-over tournament, one of them has just completed the enormous task of hosting a global event solely. Bangladesh will host a bigger event, but as they have shown in 1998, 2004 and 2011, infrastructural limitations have been trumped by an abundance of hospitality and fervour.

The 2014 World Twenty20 is likely to be held in March and April of that year, a largely dry weather period towards the end of the winter with spring taking over, as opposed to the constant threat of rain during the 20-day event in Sri Lanka. It is also a time for celebrations in the country, starting from Independence Day to the Bengali New Year's Day Pohela Boishakh in mid-April.

The number of participating teams in the men's event has been increased to 16 (the number for the women remains unchanged) and the tournament is likely to host a minimum of 60 competitive men's and women's matches. Forty-four such games were held in four venues in Sri Lanka with 16 practice matches - played at club grounds in Colombo - included. In Bangladesh, however there isn't the luxury of excellent facilities in smaller venues which could host practice sessions, let alone practice matches. Instead, stadiums will have to cater to every team's needs.

The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium has the facilities to host three teams' training sessions at a time while those in Fatullah, Chittagong, Khulna and Sylhet have been earmarked for the 2014 event. Drainage facilities are being constructed in Fatullah and Chittagong while the grounds in Khulna and Sylhet are ready to use. Khulna still awaits an ICC inspection to be cleared for the West Indies tour as it replaces Chittagong for the season, while Sylhet has hosted England A earlier this year.

The real test for cities other than Dhaka is the quality and quantity of accommodation it can provide to the teams, match officials, broadcasters, journalists, volunteers and fans. "From an organisation perspective, the biggest challenge is to accommodate the teams in terms of hotels and practice facilities," says BCB media manager Rabeed Imam. "When it comes to Bangladesh, and it has happened in 1998 and 2004, it somehow all comes together at the right time. If you tell me to pinpoint, it won't be possible to say what's ready. This problem isn't faced in other countries.

The real test for cities other than Dhaka is the quality and quantity of accommodation it can provide to the teams, match officials, broadcasters, journalists, volunteers and fans

"The World Twenty20s have a very packed schedule and ever since the 2007 tournament, the schedule has gotten shorter. It has been squeezed. The biggest challenge is to arrange all these things in such a short time. The existing facilities will have to be upgraded or created, that's another challenge."

Bangladesh have already hosted a 16-team international competition when they hosted the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, 54 matches played in eight venues though the vast majority of domestic cricket was postponed that season. Six years earlier, before it had become a Test-playing nation, Bangladesh hosted the 1998 Wills International Cup (later day Champions Trophy) which was a knockout competition held solely at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in Dhaka. The 2011 World Cup is perhaps the nearest model for what is to be expected in 2014. Seven tournament matches and four practice matches were held in Dhaka, Chittagong and Fatullah, as well as the opening ceremony held at the BNS. The organisers can expect a lot more pressure on their ability to coordinate all aspects of a tournament of such scale.

A competition such as the World Twenty20, especially since it has to be spread out across the country, will leave a legacy for the game in Bangladesh. One look at Mirpur, where the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium is located, says much about the improvement in amenities and roads in the area. Because of the 2011 tournament, the locality received a facelift it needed for decades. However, it is hard to tell who will be in charge of the Bangladesh Cricket Board in 2014, though an election is supposed to take place later this year.

Nothing but the best hospitality will be expected, and whoever is in charge will have to plan well and more importantly plan early. The passion is ever-present, as organisers like Imam have found out over the years. Bangladeshis are keen to prove their worth, whether it is the government or at the private level or the public in general.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    This is going to be the best t20 world cup so far insallah , doesnt matter who will played. but stadium indeed will be full capacity. , i just hope politics doesnt ruin this great event for bangladesh , we all bangla cricket needs to be stand up together and make sure no body can harm this event , doesnt matter who is bnp or awamiliege this is about our cricket and only working together we can accomplish sucess as a cricket nation

  • associate cricket fan on October 10, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    in the next world cup Bang will be part of a tough group along with india and Pakistan. I hope Bang beats one of those teams and gets to the super 8s.

  • sorower on October 10, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Bangladesh shuld use 4 venues for 4 groups, thatz will b btr arangement And Bd hv lots of venue why they dont use it properly?

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @venkatesh018...Funny comment what's wrong with more teams competing at International Cricket? Is that a bad thing? because to me it shows that the game is being globalized which is one of the best things you can do to not just Cricket but to any sport. Also according to you is Cricket like Football, Tennis or something? How many countries of more than 200 play Cricket full-time? and then compare it to the other sports and there you can see just how bad of a state Cricket unfortunately is. Its impossible to resist now that T20 Cricket is the best way to drive Cricket forward and having 16 teams competing at that level is a fantastic idea and obviously means more chances of lower ranked teams of creating upsets as compared to 50 over World Cup. I agree 50 over World Cup should be reduced to no more than 12 teams but T20 now way because as long as it benefits the sport than its perfectly acceptable mate.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    For those talking about the proposed mega stadium in Cox Bazar its true its unlikely at the moment but in terms of future ambitions - absolutely but if they do finally decide to go with the plan, they should make it totally a different wicket which offers a lot for pace bowlers. But right now, the important thing for Bangladesh is to improve its current stadiums and accommodation and all that stuff. I like the idea of increasing SBNS to an extra 5,000-15,000 seating capacity which is of course certainly possible but needs approval.

  • Zahirul on October 10, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @Muhtasim Billah Ratul: Got an update yesterday on Cox'sBazar stadium project and it's not gonna happen soon, there are plenty other projects related to it and if the prior tasks are completed then BCB can proceed on to this, however they had made a thorough study on the stadium project and they claim they have substantial improvement. and also, there is an acute chance of improving seating capacity of SBNS from 25,000 to 30,000 if National Sports Council approves it and BCB is eager to do so before the WC.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @challagalla. You said that "They have less than 2 years to go, so i guess not enough time to build a spanking new stadium , but enough time to improve the existing facilities." I just want to say you. We've created a stadium in 7 months. And It's now a Test Venue here is the link: So if The GOV(Government of Bangladesh) and BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) want to Create a stadium in COX'S BAZAR. we can do it in 2 Year's. Again thank you for your comment and Welcome to Bangladesh in ICC World T20 2014. Bangladeshi people are waiting to give you a great Hospitality.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @TO ALL, I'm very frustrated over BCB about the work on 2014 t20 world cup. I WOULD LIKE TO GROW ATTENTION..... GUYZ... Cox's bazar is the best tourist city in Bangladesh... there are talkings to make cox'sbazar a venue for 2014 wc... but, BCB yet to make the stadium in cox'sbazar.... i don't know when they will do it.... COX'SBAZAR is the place ready to give u full facility with enough accommodation and obviously with the enormous beauty of its..... the longest beach of the world will entertain u more than the cricket I can challenge.......... the 5 star hotels and a well facilitate airport is ready to accommodate u in cox's bazar...... just the stadium needed to be made........

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Fatullah is a great place for Bangladesh to play their Test matches from future onwards. They played there before but now don't and I'm glad its getting a lot of renovation done.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    During the last world cup BCB had done well. Enthusiasm noted every where, smiles all around, cheerfulness in the air. So BD will definitely host this WC successfully. All the best,

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