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fwullah
October 14, 2003, 11:31 AM
PM's son has told in a news report that Mirpur stadium will be the 3rd test venue of Bangladesh.

Mahmood
October 14, 2003, 11:38 AM
Did he really had to announce that? Pretty much we all knew Mirpur is BCB's now, so it an easy guess that Mirpur will be a test venue as soon as the Stadium is done converting. The work has begun, so hopefully, middle of next year, it will go into action.

rafiq
October 14, 2003, 12:25 PM
Can someone please enlighten him that there is usually one test venue per city? So if Mirpur replaces BNS as the Dhaka venue, we still have 2. Unless they will play tests at both Dhaka and Mirpur?

Arnab
October 14, 2003, 12:29 PM
Can someone please enlighten him that there is usually one test venue per city?

Usually. There's Wankhede and Baroda in Bombay.

Pundit
October 14, 2003, 12:43 PM
Touchy, touchy !!

With BD's poverty level, we first need to find a city that qualifies as a test hosting one. Then we build/renovate a stadium.

Though I'm not sure if Rajshahi or Sylhet are hopelessly agrarian relative to some other test hosting cities out their (Does Patna, India, host tests ?) Maybe not.

Also, in the beginning, I'm sure for the same reason even in places such as Australia or England, there were 2 stadiums in one city. But HFan can confirm that !!

Mahmood
October 14, 2003, 12:58 PM
The problem with Rajshahi or Sylhett is not the venue, but he facilities. For example, it is required to have four/five star hotels for the accomodation. Rajshahi or Sylhet has none.

Now BCB can pay and build a hotel of that standard in Rajshahi or Sylhet, but how will it keep running the other 11 months of the year? IT has to be there in the first place, up and running, then BCB can go and build a test venue.

Sham
October 14, 2003, 02:37 PM
Well, the most well-known example of two Test venues in one city is Lord's and The Oval in London, both of which host Test matches every summer.

Rajputro hit the nail on the head. We can't just put up Test venues and send touring teams to Rajshahi and Khulna. Where are they going to stay? Right now, we only have two cities that can host Test matches, Dhaka and Chittagong. Sylhet is also developing pretty rapidly. In about 5 years, my guess is that it will have the facilities to deserve a Test ground.

Pundit
October 14, 2003, 04:16 PM
Just for the heck of sounding critical -

Any "enlightened" body of cricket administrators (our grand ol' BCB, that is)ought to have by now taken measures to incorporate the Rajshahi & Sylhet city corporations into their own body, with the prime objective of beautification and amenity upgrade specifically for cricketing purposes.

Actually, with the BCB's hefty annual budget and gold chalice enriched coffer, the perennial corrupt and malice body has within its ability to orchestrate a vision that would witness the musrooming of satellite cities with well resourced cricketing atributes, not to mention, the state of art stadium & a 5 star hotel. Why wait for cities to prosper, when you can build cities for the, well, badly needed, test status criteria fulfilling 3rd and 4rt test cities ?

Amen.

Sham
October 14, 2003, 04:37 PM
'Just for the heck of sounding critical' is right!

You are kidding right? BCB should spend its money beautifying Khulna and Rajshahi? That is ridiculous. We don't even have proper indoor facilities for our cricketers. The indoor nets at the BKSP don't have enough space for a full run-up for the seamers.

Its not the BCB's job to give money to City Corporations. And also, the city has to have something to attract enough rich tourists to put up a 5 star hotel. If Khulna starts up a 5 star hotel, who the hell is going to occupy it for the rest of the year? They are gonna have a touring team and some reporters for 5 days of a test match, once or twice a year. What about the other 355 days? What the hell can BCB put up in Khulna that people from around the world is gonna want to visit? Merely cleaning the city is not gowing to attract tourists.

Also, BCB's coffer isn't that big that they can beautify cities, improve amenities, build 5 star hotels, state of the art stadiums etc etc. Do you know how much one state of the art stadium costs? Millions!

Again, I think we should forget about playing test cricket anywhere except Dhaka and Chittagong for the time being and concentrate on improving ground facilities for domestic matches. Like I said in another thread, we are not gonna get more than three Tests in a series for another couple of decades, so BNS, Mirpur and Chittagong will do for now.

Another example of two stadiums in one city, the Premadasa Stadium and SSC Ground in Colombo. Sri Lanka just had the Premada, SSCG and the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy hosting Test matches till the late 90s, when Galle was added as a Test venue as well.

Zobair
October 14, 2003, 04:41 PM
lol...pundit bhai....that 'critical post' of yours is dripping with sarcasm....or I am totally barking up the wrong tree...

Mahmood
October 14, 2003, 04:43 PM
Well, BNS will be converted with Athletics tracks which will shrink the size of the field and Cricket won't be legal there.

So we will still have one test Venue in Dhaka.

Unless they make Fotullah test venu too.

Sylhett was arguing in papers that they have a 5 star hotel now. In that case, they might be next.

Sham
October 14, 2003, 04:47 PM
They always leave quite a lot of space outside the boundaries when there is a game at the BNS. You will notice that the advertising boards are quite some way inside the actual boundary of the stadium, so we should be okay even with a running track around the stadium. But it will look retarded, playing cricket in a stadium with a track around it.

Zobair
October 14, 2003, 05:12 PM
sylhet and rasjshahi should be upgraded to host ODIs....since the distance isn't too great...its not too far by air....we don't need first-class facilities...something like what the poms have arranged for the chittagong ODI. In the future, once there are more facilities in place we can upgrade them further into test venues.

fwullah
October 14, 2003, 11:21 PM
That's a good suggestion Pompous - where there isn't any 5 or 4 star hotels, make those cities into One Day venues, and the rest where there are such hotels, make them test venues.

In Khulna, if Bangladesh was not Bangladesh :) , then a 5-star hotel could be used for tourists who wants to see the Sundarbans.

On a different note, Cox'sBazar could be a test venue in the far-future.