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Bangladesh hosting of World T20 in doubt

George Dobell and Mohammad Isam

June 23, 2013

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Nazmul Hasan was named the new Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Dhaka, October 17, 2012
Nazmul Hassan is frustrated by the slow progress on Bangladesh's two unfinished stadiums © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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The World T20 tournament could be moved from Bangladesh due to concerns at the country's lack of adequate facilities. ESPNcricinfo understands that Sri Lanka and South Africa are potential alternative venues although discussions have yet to reach the official stage.

An ICC official inspected the stadiums recently and is understood to have been underwhelmed by the results. The situation is now scheduled to be discussed at the ICC's annual conference in London later this week with insiders suggesting that concerns are such that a decision to move the tournament is one of the options to be discussed.

The men's and women's World T20 is scheduled to be played in four venues in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6 next year. The stadiums in Mirpur and Chittagong are deemed perfectly acceptable for international cricket, but work on the facilities at the stadium in Sylhet, which was built last year - remains incomplete, and construction at the new stadium in Cox's Bazar, home of the world's longest natural sandy beach, is still underway.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has this week vented his frustration about the slowness of work on the two unfinished grounds. The latest phase of work in the Sylhet Stadium began on June 7, and the BCB estimates that the four-storied pavilion will be completed by the time the ICC inspection team returns in September. There is a plan to host a couple of ODIs when New Zealand are touring in October.

But the National Sports Council, the sports regulator in Bangladesh and also the custodian of all sporting venues, have said that it would only be ready by November and that outfield drainage work will be delayed until after the World Twenty20s. As for the Cox's Bazar stadium, it is being built from scratch on a patch of land that was once a golf course.

While Sri Lanka cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva indicated that there had been no contact as yet between his board and the ICC, he did suggest that the country would be ready to host the tournament if required, even though it would mean that Sri Lanka could end up hosting World Twenty20 twice in 18 months. The most recent edition of the World Twenty20, which ended last October, was also held in Sri Lanka.

"There has been no communication between SLC and ICC on that topic," de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. "We have the facilities to host it, but I don't know if it will crop up at the meeting this week."

South Africa have made similar noises.

The other school of thought in Bangladesh questions whether the ICC might be more concerned about the country's political situation, especially when a national election is scheduled to be held in early 2014.

When they officially launched the tournament in April this year, it was at the end of month-long unrest in many parts of the country and immediately after a day-long general strike in Dhaka. The tournament is slated to be Bangladesh's fourth ICC event after hosting the 1998 ICC Knockout, the 2004 Under-19s World Cup and co-hosting the 2011 World Cup.

But Hassan and the board's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury will have a lot of assurances to give to keep the event in Bangladesh.

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Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket is slowly going down under the new president Nazmul Hassan. Some issues are not handle properly. ICC membership at risk because the committee will not formed yet according to ICC's guideline. Players are not getting money from BPL. Prime re leg will not started due to players boycott. The World T20 tournament could be moved from Bangladesh due to concerns at the country's lack of adequate facilities. The men's and women's World T20 is scheduled to be played in four venues in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6 next year. The stadiums in Mirpur and Chittagong are deemed perfectly acceptable for international cricket, but work on the facilities at the stadium in Sylhet, which was built last year - remains incomplete, and construction at the new stadium in Cox's Bazar, home of the world's longest natural sandy beach, is still underway.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

bangladesh has 7 International stadiums for cricket whose declared by icc .2 in Dhaka,2 in Chittagong,One each in narayanganj,Bogra & khulna.BkSP also can host Icc women t20.So many option there in BCB's hand.ICC should not worried about the event.I believe Still BCB can organised T20 world cup without Sylhet & Coxsbazar stadium.BCB should more focused on upcoming event.

Posted by Crikoot on (June 26, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

There are always solutions - if there is none then, there wasn't any problem in the first place.If I can't find the solution - it does not mean there is none. Since new president took over, there has been lot of uncertainties. I think he should resign with his team. Saber Chowdhury can take over till newly elected body.Constructing new stadiums are great but keep options open - Bogra, Khulna, Fatullah are a few stadiums they can use as alternatives.There is no reason Bangladesh can't host.

Posted by ziggy500 on (June 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

there a handfull of more international stadiums (e.g. second stadium at chittagong, the other stadium in dhaka, and one in a city i cant remember the name of). the bcb should propose the others as backup if the grounds at sylhet and cox's bazaar were to fail to be completed in time.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

I think England or India is best option to hold World T20

Posted by naudurivsm on (June 24, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

Hmm... I would say NO to SL. since nothing against them. but if you look at the ground realities, SL is still struggling to pay off / meeting the financial obligations from the last years T20 world cup. so this will be very excessive on them. also this time this event should be held in a nation where no major Cricketing Championships were ever held. like Canada, Netherlands, or even in NZ. but definitely not in USA as others are suggesting. The media in USA s absolutely not supportive of Cricket in the country.

Posted by Cricket-Critics on (June 24, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Bangladesh will get prepared by this time, hope they will do it as this nation is slow at first always but click emerge at last hours and this is the phenomenon due to uneven political and other issues. Of course there is no problem confliction strikes and other political unrests, it seems cricket world worries but each and every time Bangladesh got chances they made it happen at any costs. Why not BCB considering other 3/4 internation grounds for the tournament, i don't understand why must place took matches on those stadiums? Have rests options, BCB can make it prepare very shortly..... Lets hope for the best, see what happen in next ICC meeting. Wanna see Bangladesh remain same as next attempts.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Nepal will be ideal host...

Posted by tickcric on (June 24, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Let India & Nepal be the co-hosts.

Posted by BDKu on (June 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan. I will be happy just like any other Sri Lankan to have it in SL. But I think it is unfair to have two such events in succession in one country. ICC should decide what are the countries which have the required facilities and out of those give it to the country which had not hosted a major event for the longest duration of time. Simple and fair.

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