Preparations are going on at full swing at Barishal Shahid Abdur Rab Serniabad Stadium, which will host its maiden international match this month during the forthcoming visit of Sri Lanka Under-19 cricket team.
The Sri Lanka Under-19 team will arrive in Bangladesh on October 23 to play two four-day matches and five youth one-day internationals against their Bangladeshi counterparts.
The series will start with the first four-day match in Barishal from October 26 to 29 while Khulna will host the second match from November 2 to 5.
All five youth ODIs will be held in Khulna, respectively on November 9, 11, 14, 17 and 19.
The first match of the series, which will put Barishal in the landscape of international cricket, has already created some enthusiasm in the divisional city.
Bangladesh Cricket Board director Alamgir Hossain, who represents the division in the cricket oversight body, said that the technical teams of BCB have started preparing the venue for the fixture.
‘We hope that at least 30,000 spectators will enjoy the first international cricket match at this venue,’ said Alamgir.
During a visit on the ground on Friday the technicians were found busy in preparing the pitch and planting grass on the outfield.
The local authorities are also repairing the dressing room and press box in accordance with international standard.
An official said that BCB has allotted about Tk 50 lakh for preparing the ground and hosting the match.
‘We are trying to overcome the difficulties and continued our efforts to complete the work in due time,’ said SM Ajiar Rahman, deputy commissioner and president of Barishal District Sports Association
Towhidul Islam Munna, one of the local cricket umpires, said that the continuation of international matches at Barishal would improve the standard of local cricket.
Maruf Husain, one local cricketer, welcomed the selection of Barishal SARSS as international cricket match venue, hoping that it would inspire local cricketers.
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