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On-site generators to prevent floodlight failure

Alan Gardner in Chittagong

March 26, 2014

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Play was halted when the floodlights failed at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Chittagong, December 6, 2011
The flood lights have failed more than once at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium © AFP
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Organisers of the World T20 in Chittagong will use on-site generators to run floodlights at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, rather than off the main electric grid, to try and ensure against another loss of power.

The Super 10 game between Netherlands and Sri Lanka on Monday evening was interrupted for around 10 minutes by a set of the lights failing. This was the second time that Netherlands had seen the lights go out, after a power cut at the ground led to their warm-up match against Afghanistan having to be shortened.

AZM Nasiruddin, a BCB director from Chittagong, played down the problems but admitted a switch to using the generators would be made.

"These things can happen and they certainly did not turn out over the whole world," Nasiruddin said of the floodlight failure. "Earlier we used the line from the Power Development Board and kept the generators for back-up, but from now on the games will be totally dependent on the generators."

In Sylhet, Ireland's match against UAE was decided on Duckworth-Lewis after the combination of a power cut and bad weather saw the lights go out. Before the tournament, several fertiliser factories were reportedly asked to cease production to ease demand.

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Posted by Thushaa on (March 27, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

@imtiaz82 >>"BD has handled the largest tournament in cricketing history (hosting 26 teams at a time) quite successfully.." Were you watching some other tournament OR watching only the Game Highlights ? A reality check - Just because some countries had Preparation issues with a tournament, does not mean BD should follow them and carry the same to the major tournament.

Posted by Thushaa on (March 27, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

@rakon_me.. Hmm..Nice call mate..BD should savor this moment,with every dying Breath. They will never get any chance to host any MAJOUR Tournament any more.. The umpiring standards to DRS technologies, will never be up-to standard in BD, Sorry to be too-direct but the truth has to be told. Having failures as such during the world Intl event is JUST NOT Acceptable. Commonwealth games issues and all were just PRE-Tournament..NOT DURING the games. Plz talk facts..

Posted by imtiaz82 on (March 27, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

@ Varun, comparison with India is natural as it's the other South Asian nation that has hosted major cricket tournaments before. Economic and geographic situation in Australia, New Zealand or South Africa is too different to make a comparison. In IPL there were floodlight issues as well, Bangladesh being 1/20th the size of India is doing a commendable job so far, especially this being the largest tournament in the history of ICC. (16 men's team + 10 women's team). But saying this I agree that BCB should look into the shortcomings and improve in future.

Posted by mandi on (March 27, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

bd improving infrastructure good to know that,keep it bd,its there second world cup and they will improve with time.

Posted by VinothSam on (March 27, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

Seems like BD not only to improve in cricket but also their grounds. Anjo missed his hat trick by these ground issue this Monday. Come on BD at-least be good on one thing in cricket.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 3:06 GMT)

Why does everything to do with BD has to lead back to India. Just be humble and accept that there was mismanagement. Period. If you do that see how many people would stand up to support you. Infact they would name all the failures in their own respective countries to make you feel better. Don't be arrogant.

Posted by KFRITZ on (March 27, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

anyways BD will never host an international tournament in the near future..All the major tournaments are slated to be held in india, australia and england in the next 10 years..

Posted by willsrustynuts on (March 26, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

This is not about Bangladesh, it is about the ICC. Every tournament they organise turns into a farce. Can you imagine any other World class sport allowing this to happen? The fat wallets at the ICC only see the bottom line and if shutting down fertilizer factories makes that 'total' number bigger that is all they needed to know.

But then, a game that uses an algorithm (D/L) to predict outcomes cannot be taken seriously.

Posted by netex on (March 26, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

I think @scarrule is a congress worker living in his illusional world. Every IPL match had power outage in at least one match. And commonwealth games fiasco is wellknown.

Posted by bowlfordecoy on (March 26, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

@ imtiaz , hosting 26 teams at a time ???? u mean a cricket tourney?

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