Bangladesh news February 28, 2013

BCB gets land for stadium in Cox's Bazar


The organisation of the upcoming World Twenty20, scheduled for March next year, received a major logistical boost after the Bangladesh government granted land for an international stadium in the town of Cox's Bazar.

During an inter-ministerial meeting for the global event on Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the civil aviation authority to hand over the coastal town's golf course to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Many BCB presidents have sought land in the country's most popular tourist destination.

"The decision to build a stadium in Cox's Bazar was among the primary decisions taken during the meeting," sports secretary Noor Mohammad said. "The land belongs to the civil aviation authority, so the BCB will sit with them to build the ground. They will understand the technical issues better. The sports ministry will also assist in whichever way necessary."

The BCB will be looking to host the women's section of the World Twenty20 in Cox's Bazar, particularly because of the number of hotels already existing in the town that is famous for having the longest sea beach in the world.

The BCB has recently had to deal with hotel shortage in Khulna where three international matches and some BPL games were held since November last year. Bangladesh have traditionally used two cities during an international series at home, but with plans to develop the new stadium in Cox's Bazar as a major venue, it could only help in the country's cricket depicting a more exotic picture.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    Bad decision. Every stadium requires money for maintenance and so on. That money could be re-directed to improve the existing facilities, etc.

  • nsn on March 3, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    THIS IS SUCH DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME..!! I am a Chittagonian and my favorite touring place Cox's bazar is not very far away from me. just 3 hours journey :) I would love to see cricket matches in that beautiful place... :) many a number of 5 star hotels are already there... now just need a beautiful stadium right beside the sea :)

  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 2, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Very timely and a right one decision taken by BCB under the authority of Bangladesh government.No doubt about that Coxsbazar is the one of the most beautiful city of this planet blessed by the nature.But i would also like to add that BCB must not forget about Sylhet and Rajshahi.Both cities have stadiums just needs to be taken little bit renovation according to the international standard as both cities have 3 star standard hotels.Moreover, now a days most of the cricketers are coming from this two divisions.So, the people of this divisions deserve to be the proud host of international matches.Roar tigers roar>>>

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Oh what a wonderful move, a very positive one. Thanks prime minister. Who's in charge of finances and logistics? Whoever they are, maximum scrutiny should be exercised by appropriate audit authority and not to mention the powerful media as well. Extreme transparency and love of our motherland should win over any other aspirations in this important matter. Can this goal be achieved? An very unlikely proposition given the politically shoddy climate, but there's wind of change in the air. System is changing. There are better forms of detecting fraud. So, I'm hopeful. We should hire the best brainchild both from home and abroad to execute the project and unleash creativity that is abound in this part of the native shore. This is a great chance to showcase first of all not only to witness a great event but also to get a taste of the beauty and a breath of fresh air the beach of Cox's Bazar offers which in turn will PROMOTE the BANGLADESH BRAND as a whole.

  • Enamul on March 2, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Really GOOD news. Cox'sbazaar is one of the beautiful places in the world. It was in the short list of New7wonders. Cricket will become more natural and beatiful there.

  • Ekram on March 1, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I also suggest adding a retractable roof with this new stadium to make it rain proof considering Bangladesh has long rainy seasons. To alleviate the cost of construction I would suggest partnering with private sector by letting them name the stadium with their co name.

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on March 1, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    @ TheRisingTeam ...MA Aziz Stadim is already in the T20 world cup plan, probably they are thinking of dropping Khulna, as there is shortage of Hotels there.

  • Shipu on March 1, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    But its difficult for increasing our seating capacity in our current stadium in Dhaka but in Chittagong the Zohur stadium, you can easily add 2-3 more tiers provided the board is interested. Even the Aziz stadium which was used in BPL 2 can use a bit of renovation even though its mainly used for Football now but because its in the city central, crowds come in huge numbers exceeding the capacity to an extra 15,000. My strong advise is to consider the Aziz stadium for World T20 because its far more likely to attract crowd for i.e. England-West Indies game than held in Zohur.

  • Shipu on March 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Looks like Bangladesh Cricket is here to stay for a "long time", good luck haters!! :)