Bangladesh news December 9, 2013

BCB president 'not worried' about hosting World Twenty20


BCB president Nazmul Hassan has played down the impact of the West Indies Under-19 team's withdrawal from its tour of Bangladesh, following an explosion near the team hotel in Chittagong, on the country's hosting of the World Twenty20. Once the general elections (scheduled for January 5) are held the violence is likely to dissipate, Hassan said, so he is "not worried" about hosting the World T20 in February.

"The impact won't be severe," Hassan said. "The situation can't be like this all the time. We are hoping that before the start of the World T20s, there will be a solution to our political situation. If there is no solution then the games won't work, but by January all these solutions will come. So I am not worried about the future games. I am not worried about the World T20s. I am hopeful that all the instability will be over by December."

The West Indies players and staff have remained within the premises of Hotel Agrabad in central Chittagong, but are expected to move to Dhaka on Tuesday morning. The WICB had said on Sunday that it was making arrangements for the players to leave the country, but the BCB wants to discuss resuming the tour with the West Indies board. Hassan said had directed his acting CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, to discuss the matter with his counterpart at the WICB.

"Now whether they [West Indies] are thinking about the future, and that because the elections are coming closer there might be more danger, I don't know," Hassan said. "We will have a telephone conversation with them on [Monday] evening."

The ongoing troubles in Bangladesh have seemed to escalate over the past two months, as the two main political parties have been at loggerheads and taken it out to the streets. Hassan said he would appeal to the political parties once again, but pointed out that cricket has always been shielded from the violence.

"I have always appealed to all the political parties to leave cricket aside and I have always received their support. I might appeal again that such things don't interfere with the cricket. There is a bit of political instability, this has always happened, but I don't believe that we have reached a scenario where the games would be called off."

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

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  • Shaheen on December 11, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Next T20 should be in Afghanistan

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    better option will be Australia or new zealand if not bangladesh it will give most team chance for the 2015 worldcup

  • Tans on December 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Its difficult to understand why there are comments like Bangladesh needs to make a mark on international level. Bangladesh hosted World Cup so i don't see where was the lacking in facilities and security. Bangladesh pitches are slow and low bounce then the rest of the subcontinent wickets are fast and bouncy..Indian wickets does not provide any facilities to bowlers and Batsmen always scores more than 350 runs.Srilanka,India and Pakistan wickets are mostly batting paradise so why Bangladesh gettin the blame. Bangladesh was runner up in the last Asia cup and only for 2 runs they could not be the winner. It was not a single one day but it was a whole tournament where they beat even India.Now they are beating most of the international teams and please check their current record.If they are questions that they are playing at home then its very rare that subcontinent team goes abroad and wins series so other subcontinent teams mostly play gd in their own backyard. So don't comment logical.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Yes , That Right. Bangladesh will more respect in Cricket T20 World Cup.

  • Android on December 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Hope Bangladesh can host the T20 World Cup. Though if situation doesn't improve then I think UAE or any Associate team should host it.

  • Abdul on December 10, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Bangladeshi's R cricket loving people. and I don't think the sitiuation is dire enough to scrape them off of world cup, or asia cup..Good luck from Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @sinha why not UAE they are also part of this tournament ???????

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    If General Elections are Boycotted by the Opposition parties, then I dont see any situation getting Normal soon enough.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Lets hope you are right...

  • danush on December 10, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    i think considering the security status world cup should be shifted from Bangladesh.any way Bangladesh is not ready and good enough to host a such event.why not India or Sri Lanka?

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