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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  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    The BD Govt. Tourism Board (Parjatan) already has two hotels and one of them has huge empty spaces, enough to build 2 five star hotels in the empty grounds!! And the mentioned hotel is on the beach. I am shocked why we cant have the permanent cricket stadium on the site of the "temporary" stadium. Just one of the many stupid bureaucratic politics destroying Bangladesh at the moment. A inefficient Cricket Board, and a corrupt Govt.

  • Shipu on July 12, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    If ICC do take away BD as hosts then we can't really blame them. The board has been a great disappointment in being very late yet again and its the only way to learn from it. They have only themselves to blame. What's next? Syhlet stadium also a temporary structure for a major world tournament? please!

    Also lack of Cricket for Bangladesh is getting to us fans. Our team has only played 6 ODIs this year while the rest have played over a dozen so far. Seems BCB cannot get our team more Cricket matches. 9 ODIs in 2012 and likely 9 ODIs again in 2013.

  • Abdus on July 12, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Its politics! poor politics .. total waste of time and money.. don't understand the part of our BCB president he is as good as our government he is a political man part of the current roling government he should left the BCB Immideately...

  • zahidul on July 12, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    i just cant believe , i wish i never heard this news , we r about to built a world cup stadium and now bcb saying its a temporary ? does anyone knows how much we gonna waste their than ?

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    this is too much!!! I don't like this type of wastage of money & energy.we could use this money for poor people. things like who take this decision have no brain. where premier of our country took decision to use land for cricket then why this stupid decision? shame for our country once again. :(

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    This is really not fair..There is too many 5 star hotels in Cox's Bazaar.. why need more.. just we need a stadium...

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    @ Carlos Bangladesh already have 6/7 international stadiums where already international matches held. Cox's Bazar stadium is building targeting the tourists as its just beside the worlds largest sea beach. it will be one the best cricket grounds in the world. its doesnt mean they do not have enough stadiums. You may b forgot that Bangladesh host the 1st ICC champions tropy in 1999 and you are talking about grounds!!! lots of there man just they are building more attarctive and beautiful goound beside the sea beach.

  • Aaquib on July 12, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Two best stadiums in Bangladesh will be in Sylhet and Coxs Sylhet it will be surrounded by Tea Gardens it will be Green everywhere..and in coxs bazar it will probably be near the Longest Sea Beach in the World Cox's Bazar itself

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Cricket certainly explore the image of this country which should realize by the concern people. Government should take proper initiative in order improve sport and assist BCB. Its just general common issue of the administration does never think unselfishly. I guess you can only blame the government for lack of concentration making no use of the world longest Beach for instance. They are letting individual to making profit around and using them badly for their own benefit. Please think for the people think for nature STOP being selfish- Make the country beautiful make beach a BEACH not wastage BIN- Make what it deserve - BCZ it wouldn't require money its just require control and hijack free from YOU

  • Sarthak on July 12, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Why make a temporary stadium in the first place?

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