ICC news June 29, 2013

August deadline for deciding on World T20 venues


The ICC has given Bangladesh an August deadline to achieve satisfactory standards for its stadiums for next year's World Twenty20 tournament.

Having reviewed the reports by its venue consultant who visited the stadiums in June, the ICC's International Development (IDI) board has pencilled in another inspection for August following which a final decision will be taken on the venues for the tournament that will be played between March 16 and April 6 next year.

The BCB's president Nazmul Hassan admitted his concern ahead of the ICC annual conference in London that the ICC might lose patience over development at two of the four proposed venues, in Sylhet and Cox's Bazar.

Those concerns have now been expressed by the ICC. "The IDI board reviewed an inspection report by the ICC venue consultant … and expressed its concern regarding the progress of construction and improvements to playing facilities in Cox's Bazar and Sylhet," an ICC statement said. "The board noted that a further inspection and report is scheduled for August after which a final decision will be taken."

According to the ICC rules, the venues need to be ready six months ahead of the tournament, including adequately meeting the accommodation requirements for the teams.

After two visits this year, the ICC venue inspection team found construction work at both Sylhet and Cox's Bazar, which is scheduled to host the women's leg of the World T20, was well behind schedule for different reasons. Also, it was worried by a lack of lodging options in Dhaka.

After the first inspection, which took place in May, the ICC team found construction work at Cox's Bazaar had not begun at all, while work on the pavilion in Sylhet - at the ground which was developed last year - had not started either.

In the report the inspectors noted that the stadiums would not be ready before December; the six-month cut off as specified in the rules would be September. The team then returned to do a follow-up inspection on June 10, and the doubts over whether the work would reach its completion at both venues before end of September remained.

However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has stated that it remains confident that all the ICC deadlines will be met.

"There is absolutely no doubt the work would be completed in due time," Hassan said. "The government had started work late in Sylhet stadium but now it is in full swing. I have seen the work plan and I am convinced that it would be finished," he said. "As for Cox's Bazar, the major issue was the land. Now that we have land we are confident we will meet all the requirements."

Should alternative venues be required, Hassan assured the board members that Bangladesh has enough and there was no need to look outside the country. He listed Fatullah and BKSP (Bangladesh Sports Institute) in Savar, a northwest suburb of Dhaka, as alternatives in case Sylhet and Cox's Bazar failed to meet the requirements once again in August.

"We already have two other venues. For Sylhet we have Fatullah, a full-fledged and world-class stadium which has hosted international matches already. As for Cox's Bazar, we can host the women's matches in BKSP where we have prepared two grounds according to ICC guidelines."

ESPNcricinfo learned last week that Sri Lanka and South Africa were open to hosting the tournament if required.

However Mustafa Kamal, the ICC vice-president and former BCB president, said the ICC board had not discussed any such plans as yet. He echoed Hassan's confidence in relation to Bangladesh meeting the hosting requirements:

"We have just delivered 2011 World Cup successfully. This is not a bigger event compared to that. We had prepared five grounds for the World Cup. We also had the 2014 World Twenty20. In 2016 we have the Under-19 World Cup followed by the World Cup Qualifiers in 2018. We are going to host so many events because we have the infrastructure."

The doubts over lack of accommodation for all teams in Dhaka came after the Bangladesh government voiced a plan to break down the Sheraton hotel in the capital and rebuild it. But Hassan said the government had now assured the BCB that it would put off the reconstruction till the World T20 was over.

"We have the Sheraton, which was supposed to be renovated. The prime minister has assured us that the hotel would be available during the tournament, so we have an additional 200 rooms," Hassan said. "That solves the lodging problem."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ian on July 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    B'desh has been given the opportunity to show that they can stage the WT20 tournament next spring. The ICC (rightly) has a rule that the stadiums to be used for ICC events must be ready six months in advance & moreover, that there is appropriate accommodation for the players, both for the men's & women's teams, ready for use. There will also be a large influx of others: fans, press & media personnel. It is a considerable undertaking & must certainly challenge the organisational capabilites of the poorest of all the major cricketing nations where corruption is, unfortunately, endemic (NB This is not my opinion. B'desh is placed 144th / 174 countries by Transparency International: 2012 figures). The security within the country is also going to be severely tested by the influx of other nationals unused to living in a Muslim state. Tolerance too will be needed on all sides. It is, however, B'desh's opportunity to show that it can rise to the occasion in all respects & I wish B'desh well.

  • siddhartha on July 1, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    The world cup should be held at Russia or Sudan

  • Baundule on July 1, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    ICC has no other option to be honest. Bangladesh has got a huge fan base (8 times more population than Sri Lanka), and a cricketing event in Bangladesh is always a sure success. ICC should co-operate with the BCB and get things done in time.

  • udendra on July 1, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    SL will be more than happy to host. especially with the plethora of new stadiums they have :D

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    @ blue_kings............Bangladesh will definitely host T20 WC. Remember Bangladesh didn't even have test status but they successfully organized the first ICC Knockout Trophy in 1998.....Recall your memory buddy.

  • Cyril on June 30, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    No-one has said the stadia have to be ready for cricket in August, just that there is clear evidence that they will be ready for the tournament. The reason for the early deadline is probably because ICC will offer assistance if they are struggling to be ready. Bangla fans are paranoid!

  • Farhan on June 30, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    I dont understand this. Tournament going to start at march 2014 why do we have to get the stadium ready on August? Thats 6 months before the World Cup. Anyway Bangladesh has 7 international stadium, we already hosted a WC, Asia Cup etc so there shouldn't be any doubt about our capability. Asian Nations has always been successful in organising such tournament. I don't see why ICC needs to make so much fuss about it.

  • Faizan on June 30, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    What is all this fuss about, let them do their job and stop complaining. I am sure they will have it completed in time. That's the problem of this toothless ICC, they like to climb on nations that they don't rely on and act like lions. I for once do not want to see this tournament shifted at all, as i respect the love for cricket in Bangladesh and their passionate fans. We should not deprive them of this opportunity. Inshallah, all will be ready in time.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2013, 15:26 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.

  • mohammad on June 30, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Gagg Brazil is hosting the biggest ever world cup possible.

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