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Cricket facilities ready in event of restart

  • Published at 10:21 pm July 2nd, 2020
Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium
The venues are following strict hygiene and safety standards as per the Covid-19 guideline of BCB

The facilities such as the grounds, gymnasiums and indoors under Bangladesh Cricket Board are kept at stand-by in case there is a decision to resume the sport in the country.

BCB through a press release Thursday informed that as a part of the board’s continuing efforts at facilitating its exit strategy following the disruption to programs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, major international and first class venues such as Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar, Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra and Shaheed Kamaruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi have been undergoing constant maintenance.   

The venues are following strict hygiene and safety standards as per the Covid-19 guideline of BCB. 

Staffs and workers have been instructed to maintain the sanitization protocol.
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong 
Despite the challenges of ensuring adequate workforce during the time of the coronavirus, sufficient number of cleaners have been assigned at BCB facilities.

“We are very mindful of the fact that we have to get our cricketers back on the field sooner rather than later. The process of resumption should start with training and for that we have kept our grounds and practice facilities fully prepared and functional,” said BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury in the media release.

More than 100 groundsmen were active with pitch, outfield and facilities maintenance. 

Regular work included watering, trimming and cutting of grass, administering fertilisers and insecticides, top dressing, planting of Bermuda grass, removal of weed, rolling and sand filling. 

In addition, checking and servicing of ground equipment and machinery is mandatory at all stadiums. 

Technicians for power supply and water substations are also on duty. 

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium 

The preparation does not however, mean that the BCB is planning to get the players to the ground anytime soon. Speaking to many sources close to the board, it is understood that the work is so that no delay is made to get the game to the field if there is a decision on resumption. 

It is understood that BCB will only make a call following the directives of the government.

“I think none of the players have been communicated on resumption [of cricket]. There is no clear idea yet of when we will start. But it is good to see that the facilities are ready and that we can jump into business if the situation permits,” said a senior member of the Bangladesh national team.     

Cricket along with other sports in the country was suspended in March this year with increasing number of Covid-19 cases. 

The decision saw an ongoing season of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League get suspended just after its first round of matches. 

The BCB at the same time had postponed its final leg of the tour of Pakistan and then gradually decided to delay it tour of Sri Lanka and a home series against New Zealand.

Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar 

The board, national team management and its players have emphasized that enough time should be given for preparation, and opined that the best option would be to allow the players start out by playing the Dhaka League, the premier 50-over tournament of the country.

Bangladesh since last March have 153,277 confirmed Covid-19 cases and a death toll of 1,926 from the disease. 

The government Tuesday extended the duration of controlled movement until August 3 to ensure effective containment of coronavirus. 

As per the directives, from July 1 to August 3, movement between 10pm and 5am is not allowed except emergency cases.

Everyone has to wear masks, maintain safe physical distance and abide by recommended health guidelines in public places. 

Otherwise, he or she will have to face legal action, it said.
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