Bangladesh news February 28, 2013

BCB gets land for stadium in Cox's Bazar

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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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  • Bullet_Proof on March 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Great Decision. I have visited Cox'sbazaar its a beatiful place with all the blessings from the creator of the world. Also Cox'sbazaar has so many good hotels & restaurants with some amazing tourist spots. It will be great jouney for spectators to enjoy cricket with option open for toursim.

  • the_unforgettable on March 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Great step to build a stadium in Cox's Bazar but I think we need to build stadiums in other major cities like Sylhet, Rajshahi first, that would also help us to get more talented players from those regions. Also, I think BCB needs to increase the seating capacities of the existing stadiums, especially in Dhaka and Chittagong, we have seen several times that fans have to go home without any ticket because of the shortage of seats.

  • 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.

  • nsn26 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 :)

  • Rafelgibt 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>>>

  • 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.

  • Third_Gear 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.

  • BD_CricFan 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.raffael 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.

  • TheRisingTeam 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.

  • Bullet_Proof on March 2, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Great Decision. I have visited Cox'sbazaar its a beatiful place with all the blessings from the creator of the world. Also Cox'sbazaar has so many good hotels & restaurants with some amazing tourist spots. It will be great jouney for spectators to enjoy cricket with option open for toursim.

  • the_unforgettable on March 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Great step to build a stadium in Cox's Bazar but I think we need to build stadiums in other major cities like Sylhet, Rajshahi first, that would also help us to get more talented players from those regions. Also, I think BCB needs to increase the seating capacities of the existing stadiums, especially in Dhaka and Chittagong, we have seen several times that fans have to go home without any ticket because of the shortage of seats.

  • 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.

  • nsn26 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 :)

  • Rafelgibt 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>>>

  • 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.

  • Third_Gear 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.

  • BD_CricFan 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.raffael 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.

  • TheRisingTeam 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.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT

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

  • on March 1, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    It is gonna be an amazing landmark for Bangladesh Cricket. I would humbly request Government and BCB to design the stadium by internationally renowned front line designer. Utmost emphasis is also required in all kinds of infrastructures and facilities for players, officials, media people and spectators. We want to see something enviably wonderful - we want to feel special as a major cricket playing nation.

    I would again humbly request the Head of the Government to ensure that the work goes in the hands of world renowned construction firm having rich ethical business policy. I would further request Government and BCB not to constrain the fund in picking up high quality construction material. We would also expect both Government and BCB to remain vigilant so that no swindler gets any nearer to any kind of responsibility - commencing right from all the auctions till stadium inauguration.

  • on March 1, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I am so Happy for Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe they are getting a stadium near lake Victoria in the north, again a tourist destination makes sense.

    I feel Bangladesh has become strong at home, and if they have to do better while travelling, all the pitches in the country have to be dug and more juice have to be injected and domestic games have to be played on well watered GREEN wickets. Soil for DY Patil stadium was imported from RSA to make wickets. Bangladesh has to do the same maybe import soil from Perth, and make only some tracks bouncy.

    If possible play one overseas genuine Fast Bowler in each of you First-Class teams so that the boys learn so-much when they play with and against them. There are lots of Tall quick bowels who don't play for their respective nations. example Chris Tremlett, Dilhara Fernando, Shaun Tait, Mohammed Sami, Jerome Taylor, etc.

    Send your Under 19 and [A] Team for long tours to Britain, Australia, RSA and WI and concentrate on Multi innings cricket.

  • on March 1, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    ahh.. at last...!! this is the best place for having an international stadium.. :)

  • Natesan333 on March 1, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @nazmo that is a rather defeatest attitude. how will you feed these starving people in the future? by building stadiums and other supporting infrastructure you build the economy and that's how you help people. good luck from an Indian brother.

  • on March 1, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Hope it has a bouncy pitch

  • Crikoot on March 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I truly hope and pray this stadium is designed by world's top stadium design firms and have a view of the sea side if possible. It has to be state of the art stadium. Design wise not a single stadium in Bangladesh is world class. I wonder if retractable roof can be installed to make it rain proof like the Sky dome of Toronto.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on February 28, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    hundreds of thousands are starving , in need of food shelter and medical supplies, while the govt goes into extravagance , building stadiums ...c'mmon

  • on February 28, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    great news for bangladesh , all over the world will know how beautifull is BANGLADESH . i hope cox bazar stadium will have capacity of 35000 ppl in galary ,.

  • AzAb12754 on February 28, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    I heard about the possibility of a stadium being built there one day, thanks to Isam for finally confirming it because there's hardly any news about it online about this proposed stadium.

  • on February 28, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    This is great news for us.By doing this more tourists will visit and in return there will be an increase in revenue which will have a positive impact on our economic growth in long term.Unlike Khulna, there are a lot of 5 star hotels so hospitality and accomodation won't be a problem.Seat capacity needs to be on the higher side about 50000 atleast unlike in dhaka about 25000 or in Chittagong 20000 which is hardly enough!.I hope it becomes one of the best grounds in the world.Joy Bangla!!!

  • Shajadul on February 28, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    It will be one of the most beautiful place to watch Cricket and visit world's largest sea beach....very nice step by BCB and government.....

  • on February 28, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    atleast 35.000 seats more people can watch the game

  • on February 28, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Neat idea. Hope it turns out well.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 28, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Hopefully this stadium will have at least 25,000 seats. Cox Bazar is not really heavily populated as most other areas in Bangladesh. Bangladesh should make the stadium in Cox Bazar unique from their other stadiums, their pitch at Cox Bazar should be a fast, bouncy one.

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on February 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Expecting a dream venue for BD.

  • RK204 on February 28, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    a very great news..... hopefully we are going to see the no 1 cricket stadium in Asia :)

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 28, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Great. Its a lovely place because of the views! This news was bound to come soon and it did!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 28, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    Great. Its a lovely place because of the views! This news was bound to come soon and it did!

  • RK204 on February 28, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    a very great news..... hopefully we are going to see the no 1 cricket stadium in Asia :)

  • Tiger_The_Hunter on February 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Expecting a dream venue for BD.

  • TheRisingTeam on February 28, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Hopefully this stadium will have at least 25,000 seats. Cox Bazar is not really heavily populated as most other areas in Bangladesh. Bangladesh should make the stadium in Cox Bazar unique from their other stadiums, their pitch at Cox Bazar should be a fast, bouncy one.

  • on February 28, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Neat idea. Hope it turns out well.

  • on February 28, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    atleast 35.000 seats more people can watch the game

  • Shajadul on February 28, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    It will be one of the most beautiful place to watch Cricket and visit world's largest sea beach....very nice step by BCB and government.....

  • on February 28, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    This is great news for us.By doing this more tourists will visit and in return there will be an increase in revenue which will have a positive impact on our economic growth in long term.Unlike Khulna, there are a lot of 5 star hotels so hospitality and accomodation won't be a problem.Seat capacity needs to be on the higher side about 50000 atleast unlike in dhaka about 25000 or in Chittagong 20000 which is hardly enough!.I hope it becomes one of the best grounds in the world.Joy Bangla!!!

  • AzAb12754 on February 28, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    I heard about the possibility of a stadium being built there one day, thanks to Isam for finally confirming it because there's hardly any news about it online about this proposed stadium.

  • on February 28, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    great news for bangladesh , all over the world will know how beautifull is BANGLADESH . i hope cox bazar stadium will have capacity of 35000 ppl in galary ,.