BCB seeks two-week extension for Cox's Bazar facility
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has sought two extra weeks from the ICC to complete the stadium at Cox's Bazar, one of the venues for the World Twenty20 matches next year.
On Tuesday, the country's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the venue which has been named after her brother Sheikh Kamal. BCB president Nazmul Hassan, who accompanied the Prime Minister during the ceremony, later said that the board had written to the ICC for more time.
"We are scheduled to hand over the stadium to the ICC on September 30. The way work is progressing, I think it will take another fifteen days from the deadline to finish the work," Hassan said. "So we have asked for some additional time from the ICC and sent a letter. I hope the work will be completed in time."
The stadium has been named the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium and Complex, but the board's ambition to set up a sports complex alongside the stadium is still uncertain. In July, the civil aviation and tourism minister Faruk Khan had said that the stadium would be a temporary structure and the ground which was located near the beach, would be converted into five-star hotel.
But Hassan, who is also a member of parliament, said that the board was working to resolve the issue with the tourism ministry. "If we continue to argue about the land right now, the stadium's work will not be finished in time," Hassan said. "It is of utmost importance that we complete the stadium first, and then go into discussion about this venue. I think we will have an amicable solution."
Since it was the prime minister who had directed the civil aviation authority back in February this year to hand over the land to the BCB, Hassan expects to stay out of the tug-of-war.
"The prime minister will discuss the matter with the tourism authorities," Hassan said. "We don't need to be involved in this. We are just trying to complete all preparations for the Women's World Twenty20s."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here