January 20, 2000

Asia vs Rest of the world XI match in Bangladesh

A commemorative cricket match between Asia and a Rest of the World XI will be played on April 8 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was disclosed by ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya during a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, at her office on Monday. He informed the Prime Minister that the United Nations is expected to be involved with the commemorative week April 2-9, and during this week this international cricket match will be held in Dhaka as a day-night fixture. The UN flag will be hoisted in Dhaka on the occasion. Mr Dalmiya said that he had requested UNICEF to involve itself with the carnival, with an objective of ensuring children's right to play and globalising the game. He praised the Prime Minister for her keen interest and support, especially during the very successful "Mini World Cup" ICC Knockout of 1998, which took place less than a month after a devastating flood in the nation.