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India not hosting any game on Bangabandhu centenary

  • Published at 08:23 pm January 22nd, 2020
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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly briefs the media in Mumbai AFP

BCB has therefore planned to hold the two matches with international status on March 18 and 22 at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka

India will not host any matches between Asia XI and World XI which were scheduled to be played to mark the 100th birthday of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly had initially planned to host one of the two matches of the series at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad to mark the opening of the venue built at a cost of $100m.

Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed that construction of the stadium in India will not be completed within the timeframe of the series. 

BCB has therefore planned to hold the two matches with international status on March 18 and 22 at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Former India captain Ganguly notified the change in plan to BCB officials during a meeting in Kolkata Tuesday.

“A match was expected to be played there as they were expected to inaugurate a big stadium, but now they [BCCI] are not ready to do it, and both the matches will be played here,” Nizamuddin said yesterday at the BCB headquarter.

In order to make the two-game Twenty20 international series colorful, BCB is mulling bringing in legends of the game. 

Cricketers who have retired will not be able to play the game, given the matches are of international status.

“We are open to inviting everyone. We will definitely invite the high-ups of the cricket world, dignitaries who are in the International Cricket Council and other important positions. Also, we will try to bring cricketing legends of different eras. We will try to make all the necessary measurements to make the event colorful,” said Nizamuddin.

“We are communicating with almost everyone. As I said, we are contacting with every player who are in our list. There are a few complications that we need to work on. There are some cases where there is a series starting or there is a series starting right after the event. In those cases, we are working on how we can ensure their participation,” he said.

“It would have been much easier for us if we could call on retired players. But as both the matches have been given international status, there is no chance of calling retired players. International cricket legends could attend the event, but there is no chance of them playing,” he said.

BCB for the past week has been in communication with boards over participation of cricketers who have been shortlisted for the two teams. 

Nizamuddin informed that Bangladesh cricketers will be given preference despite the presence of the current stars of the game from around the globe.