Bangladesh news July 11, 2013

Cox's Bazar stadium to be temporary structure

ESPNcricinfo staff

The stadium that is being built in Cox's Bazar for the World Twenty20 next year will only be a temporary one, the country's civil aviation and tourism minister Faruk Khan said. The stadium near the beach will make way for a proposed five-star hotel, although BCB president Nazmul Hassan said a permanent stadium will eventually be built in the beach town.

The announcement was made after an inter-ministerial meeting held on Thursday in Dhaka, with the BCB chief and acting CEO Nizamuddin Ahmed being present, among others.

"Under the PPP [Public Private Partnership] it has been confirmed that an international-standard five-star resort will be built at stadium's current location," Khan said. "The project is now in the PPP office but there will be no problem in hosting the World Twenty20 matches. All the structures have been designed on a temporary basis. We will decide later where the proper stadium will be built."

Earlier in the year, the country's prime minister Sheikh Hasina ordered that the land, formerly a golf course, be handed over to the BCB but the land has remained with the civil aviation ministry.

The ground which is being planned to be used for the women's World Twenty20, is only going to have a boundary wall and temporary pavilions.

BCB chief Hassan later said that they have to follow the ministry's plan because transferring the land would involve a long process. "We didn't meet formally earlier so there remained some confusion between us. But now we will do everything it takes to finish the work on the stadium in time. I believe there will be a beautiful stadium in Cox's Bazar.

"There were a few issues regarding the location. We have to go with the government's master plan and since there is a long procedure for the land transfer, we can hardly wait for all the formalities to take place. Plus, the BCB cannot afford to pay for an international-standard stadium itself."

For work on the temporary stadium to finish, BCB has taken over the construction job so that the ICC inspection team due in August will see enough progress.

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