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Dhaka Tribune

ICC inspectors happy with stadiums

Update : 02 Dec 2013, 04:36 PM

An eight-member International Cricket Council (ICC) inspection team led by Chris Tetley visited the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium and the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday and the head of the team declared that they are happy with the preparations of the venues for the upcoming T20 World Championship which will be held in Bangladesh next year.

“We are happy. This is our first day of inspections, today we have been to Fatullah and Mirpur. So far our plans have been good and plans are progressing as we would expect,” said Tetley.

The head of the inspection team was pleased to see the facilities of the Fatullah stadium, where four dressing rooms have been built in consideration of double headers in next year’s event. “The dressing room facilities here are fantastic. We have four dressing rooms here which we need for the double-headers, during the ICC World Twenty20 you have two games on the same day which means there will be four teams. The two new dressing rooms here are first class, as good as anywhere in the world,” said Tetley.

The ICC inspection team will visit the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today and later they will visit to the newly built Sylhet Divisional Stadium, which is almost ready to host the next year’s T20 World Championship.

“As you know, it’s part of ICC’s normal process to make regular inspections of the venues and have meetings. The purpose of our trip this week is to do just that. We will have a look at the venues to discuss progress on construction of venues and modifications that we need for the tournament and have our normal operational meetings with the BCB,” informed Tetley.

Tetley also spoke about the security situation, in light of political unrest in the country. “Security is something we keep discussing. Obviously the things today could be different tomorrow. There will be a continual review of our arrangements against the situation. But at this stage, we are definitely happy.

“As I say this is a situation that we have to consistently monitor. But right now, we are planning for the tournament,” said Tetley.

He went on to affirm that the tournament would go ahead in Bangladesh as planned and would not be moved to another country. “That’s not something that we are here to speculate about. We are planning for the tournament to be held here in Bangladesh, whilst we take into account all of the other factors that might be going on. Anything like that is not for speculation,” said Tetley, referring to the possibility of moving the tournaments to another country.


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