Bangladesh news June 21, 2013

BCB unhappy with slow progress at World T20 venues

BCB president Nazmul Hassan is not happy with the pace at which the venues for the 2014 World Twenty20 - which will be hosted by Bangladesh - are being developed. An ICC consultant visited the four venues earmarked for the tournament over the past week and, according to Hassan, didn't leave the country satisfied.

Work on the facilities at the stadium in Sylhet - that was built last year - is not complete, while construction work at the brand new stadium in Cox's Bazar is also still underway. The World T20 is scheduled to be played between March 16 and April 6 next year, with Mirpur and Chittagong being the other two venues.

"The ICC AGM [which will happen in London next week] is critical for us, because the ICC's consultant who visited Bangladesh recently is not satisfied with what he saw at the World Twenty20 venues," Hassan said. "There is a proposal to discuss alternative venues [in Bangladesh] at the meeting. We have to make them understand that there is no need for alternate venues. We can make do with what we have.

"The major challenge is with the stadium in Sylhet. We know that we can finish the Cox's Bazar venue."

In April when the stadium in Sylhet was officially opened, Hassan had said that work was held up due to bureaucracy. Work on the floodlights and the dressing rooms began only recently. Hassan said the National Sports Council's budget is funding the work at the stadium.

"If work hadn't started at the venues within the last six months, then how can it be finished by September? The good news is that, recently, it has begun in full swing after the tender was taken.

"The finance minister and sports minister have given their full support as far as the budget is concerned. So when they [the ICC representatives] return in August, I am sure they will express their satisfaction."

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

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  • Dummy4 on June 22, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    ICC should rethink what they hv decided

  • Sab on June 22, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    The statement of "we can make do" coming from the top of the BCB is disturbing, sounds like a second rate statement conceding to a second rate outcome. But this stadium problem was always going to be an issue in a country that has to develop the infrastructure. India had issues for the Commonwealth games and WI had issues for the 2007 ODI WC. @mihir_nam while I think it's mystifying how BCB gets the T20 before AU/NZ in the first place they certainly can't move the tourney anywhere else now. That would be financially devastating to BC, they will have sunk a lot of money into this event and must see a return. Not going ahead in Bangladesh now would be economically worse than what happened to SL after the last ODI world cup. Can only hope that BCB can make good on their promises now, otherwise a badly executed T20 WC is bad for cricket worldwide. Pull your finger out Bangladesh Bureaucrats, the world is watching :).

  • Zahirul on June 22, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    @mihir_nam: It said "alternative venue", not "alternative host"!

    I know there are couple of very good ready stadiums in Bogra and Khulna, and most importantly these venues already hosted international matches including test. Why cannot we consider them on the first, and out of blue had to pick a new venue that is not even on course!

  • Jay on June 21, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    This is the plight of Asian countries. No project is completed on time. The same can be said about some of the Indian grounds too. They had plenty of problems before the Commonwealth Games a few years back. If this is about budget/finance then I would say it all comes down to better planning and feasibility analysis. This is where the Asian bloc needs to help each other. Hopefully, they can complete the work otherwise it would be embarrassing to Bangladesh as a nation.

  • Dik on June 21, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    You can't build a brand new stadium in less than 10 months with International standards! That's ridiculous to even dream of it. I hope it gets moved somewhere else. It'd be a national embarrassment otherwise

  • Aaquib on June 21, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Sylhet Venue has been under Construction for 5/7 Years now..I dont know what they are doing...Itz a Nice Venue surrounded by Tea Gardens

  • Mihir on June 21, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Alternate venue ..New Zealand or Australia they have already prepared for 2015 ODI WC...or RSA or ENGLAND

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    This is utterly disappointing. BCB had got enough time to finish things off in time.But as always they took it lightly and i suppose they are gonna pay for it.:(

  • Shipu on June 21, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    BCB only have themselves to blame. It was announced years in advanced that Bangladesh will be hosting the World T20 in 2014 so no surprises we have this "last minute" thing again from them and very disappointing. They need to be reminded that 16 TEAMS will be participating and only Dhaka and Chittagong as venues is not good enough because it will be hard to accommodate all these teams in just these 2 cities and providing good Cricketing facilities. This unprofessionalism has become very embarrassing now.

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