Published: May 8, 2009
A group of cricket organisers have demanded that some matches of World Cup 2011 be staged at the Bangabandhu National Stadium along with the opening ceremony.
The organisers, many of whom are the councilliors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, placed their demand at a press conference on Thursday, saying it was necessary to uphold the cricketing tradition of the country.
‘Cricket in Bangladesh had been nurtured and developed centring the stadium. It is a part of our glorious cricket history, so we should host a few of our eight World Cup matches here,’ said Abid Hossain, a Brothers Union official.
The International Cricket Council has allotted three additional matches to Bangladesh along with the five it was given earlier after Pakistan was dropped from the list of co-hosts. Instead of one venue, the ICC wants Bangladesh to use two stadiums for the matches.
The government had earlier decided to host the matches at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and the opening ceremony at the BNS. But with the changed scenario, it has to choose another venue for the matches.
Cricket organisers said there should not be any hesitation in selecting the BNS as the other venue, though it is currently occupied by football and athletics after cricket made an exit from the venue in 2005.
They alleged that the four-party alliance government had banished cricket from the stadium only because it is named after Bangabandhu. They sent newspaper clippings to the media that carried the news of their movement against the move during the period.
The cuttings bear the names of top organisers and former players, who had expressed solidarity with them during the period and are now involved with the BCB in various capacities. The organisers said they should now come forward and use their power to bring cricket back to its previous home.
Moshiur Rahman Tutul, an official of Indira Road KC, Iqbal Yusuf of Kalabagan KC, Tabarukul Islam Arif of Nabin Sangha, Tarikul Islam Titu of Mohammedan Sporting Club spoke, among others, at the press conference.