World Twenty20 2014 April 6, 2013

BCB optimistic about World Twenty20 preparation


The 2014 World Twenty20 Cup will begin on March 16, but the organisers are confident that the prevailing political tension in Bangladesh will not hamper its preparations. The final has been slated for April 6 next year, and a press conference was held in Dhaka on Saturday to mark the one-year run-up to the tournament.

But the press conference was held during a general strike while the logo-launching ceremony to be held in the evening will begin at the end of the strike.

"The political situation during an election year in Bangladesh is usually unstable so I hope the situation will change during the World Twenty20s," ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal said. "Government and opposition leaders had come to watch the Asia Cup last year, so we believe that the political parties will not create any obstacles."

Apart from this, the BCB will have to deal with the issue of infrastructure as construction is yet to begin on the proposed stadium in Cox's Bazar, while the one in Sylhet is still incomplete. BCB president Nazmul Hassan remained upbeat about both venues completion.

"As far as I know, the Cox's Stadium will be handed over to the BCB. We can start work next week if we receive a letter in this regard on Sunday. We will begin work on the wicket and ground as soon as possible.

"There is not much left to do in the Sylhet venue. The floodlights and the dressing-room are there to be completed. It is stalled due to bureaucracy, so if it is delayed we will build it using BCB's finances," said Hassan.

Bangladesh have already co-hosted the 2011 World Cup, including the opening ceremony, but the BCB were not clear about there being a similar programme ahead of the 2014 event.

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

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  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    As long as they don't produce slow tracks so the tournament is abit interesting

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    I want to see some slow and low turning pitches in this world cup since the worldcup in 2015 will be in fast and bouncy pitches.

  • Md.Shawkot Hossain on April 7, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    @ BCB Shame BCB... You should go on action against on those Franchise's who didn't fulfill their commitments to pay the payment of the players.. these things will make our BPL in problem next time. No Good players will interest to join in BPL next time. as a reusult our player will not benefited from the tournament and the country.

    Please BCB... Bring a First Bowler couch for our country... we need it emergency to be strong our team...

    Please.. Think about the country..

  • Adeel on April 7, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @sadequl,Shakib Hasan khan, before making ur statement, please take a look here

  • Ashok on April 7, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    BCB needs to show its fiscal responsibility before earning rights to host big tournaments. They have defaulted on paying players their due in the BPL T20 last year. They should settle those dues before talking about hosting future tournaments. ICC should also arm-twist BCB to meet its commitments to players. Otherwise, ICC should shift the 2014 tourney elsewhere.

  • sam on April 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    BCB will pay for their former incompetence chief who failed to build coz bazar stadiam before odi world cup but he waited for the world cup to ask for money from PM ..what a waste of time

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Need to complete work at coxsbazar and sylhet stadium as soon as possible

  • Aaquib on April 6, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Will There be any Match in the Tea City of Bangladesh "Sylhet" ??

  • mohammad on April 6, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Sadequl Don't worry.In 2 BPLs, we got Shamshur,Shabbir,Taskin,Milon and plenty of experience.After BPL3, we will get even better side to compete.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    It's high time in Bangladesh. Still we have an experience of 2011 WC. We can run it by ourself. We will show the world again what we Bengali's are capable of :)

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