BCB keeps grounds ready for cricket

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:20, Jul 02,2020


This picture provided by Bangladesh Cricket Board on Thursday shows that a groundsman is working at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. — BCB photo

To ensure swift resumption of on-field activities once the cricketing shutdown ends the Bangladesh Cricket Board is continuing the maintenance of eight of its international and first-class stadiums across the country, said the board in a media release on Thursday.

The venues are— Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet, Khan Shahaeb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Cox’s Bazar, Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, Shahid Chandu Stadium in Bogura and Shahid Kamaruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi.

Over 100 groundsmen have continuously worked to maintain the pitch, outfield and other facilities in these grounds while following the hygiene and safety standards.

BCB’s chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that keeping the ground facilities ready for play is part of the board’s post-pandemic exit strategy.

‘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,’ he was quoted as saying in the media release.

The BCB has been mulling over a possible date to restart training for the national team but the worsening COVID-19 situation of the country has stopped them from setting a definite date.

The BCB medical team had already chalked out different training modules adhering to the International Cricket Council’s safety guidelines after orders from the board’s top brass.

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