The Bangladesh Cricket Board said that the fifth and penultimate round matches of National Cricket League will go ahead as per schedule from today despite the prospect of heavy rain under the influence of cyclone Bulbul.
Cyclone Bulbul is expected to hit Bangladesh on Saturday night and due to its influence, country’s coastal areas like Bagerhat, Khulna, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar were expected to experience heavy rainfall.
BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that they were yet to make any decision on postponing the matches.
‘As of now, the matches will go ahead as per schedule, we haven’t made any decision over postponing them,’ Nizamuddin told New Age. ‘However, if a situation arises we can suspend the matches anytime.’
Barishal, which is likely the bear the brunt of the cyclone, is scheduled to host Chattogram in a tier-two match at the divisional stadium of the city, which is yet to have any sophisticated drainage system.
The remaining other three matches of the league are – Rajshahi v Khulna in Bogura, Dhaka Metro v Sylhet in Rajshahi and Rajshahi v Khulna in Mirpur are also likely to have impact for the cyclone storm.
The officials of Barishal and Chattogram divisions said the opening day of the match is expected to be washed out as it already started raining in the city due to the cyclone, which is carrying wind at 125km speed.
The drainage system of the Barishal stadium came under scrutiny when the first two days play of it first ever four-day international game between Bangladesh Under-19 team and Sri Lankan Under-19 team was washed out for rain last month.
The two other NCL fifth round venues Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogura and Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi were also not known to have good drainage facilities.
Only Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur has better drainage facilities among those four venues.
In tier-one, Khulna division is currently leading points-table with 26.46 points while Dhaka is in the second position with 20.6 points.
In tier-two, Sylhet division poised at top position with 22.54 points while Dhaka metro, Chattogram and Barishal have 17.8, 17.42 and 15.62 points respectively after the end of four rounds.
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