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arafath79
January 31, 2005, 10:07 AM
There will be no more cricket match in Bangabandhu National Stadium. This stadium will be remembered for the great series win for Bangladesh. Good bye Bangabandhu Stadium for cricket.

Wazim
January 31, 2005, 08:07 PM
What, where did you get this info from?

akabir77
January 31, 2005, 08:16 PM
I feel very sad now... Yeah Good bye Dhaka Stadium/Bangabandhu stadium... I can't support the decision though....AL made it thier father stadium and now BNP is going away from it in the mean time we the cricket lovers have to say goodbye. F***ing Politicians...

Wazim
January 31, 2005, 08:25 PM
how could they? so many great memories. under 19 world cup, you guys beat aussies!!!! First test win, you beat India here. And ofcourse many pak memories too :P jks.

I am shocked and furious(for some reason). How can they? This is there premiere stadium. You shut this stadium, you might as well shut Lords.

al
January 31, 2005, 08:31 PM
Good bye-Dhaka Stadium [previously Dacca]. Many memories, many great games. To me, it will be always our national stadium

Cricket46
January 31, 2005, 08:59 PM
I did not hear one line about it in the news I listened to, or the newspapers I read. That is really sad. There is so much memory attached to that stadium. Or who knows, may be some day we will hear that cricket will come back again to what I knew as Dacca Stadium.

Mahir
January 31, 2005, 09:08 PM
This is like a very unwanted gathering of gloomy clouds that will temporarily overtake the shining joy of BD's first Test Series win and first ODI series win... BNS became the heart of cricket in Bangladesh. The-then West Pakistan played many memorable Tests here, then there were the Independence Cup in 1997, the Knockout World Cup in 1998, U-19 World Cup in 2003... oh lord, cant accept the fact that there will be no more international cricket at BNS... It's well regarded throughout the cricket world that BNS has one of the world's best floodlights and electronic scoreboard. With a fast outfield and flat batting track, the stadium itself was known to be one of the most electrifying in the world...

Cant express the sadness in words...

Ahsan
January 31, 2005, 09:43 PM
can we do anything about the decision? any thoughts? How about a petition...anything....just can't think...Will those heartless (restricted hard myself not to use dirty slang!) decision makers listen to us (millions of cricket lovers)...I wish one fine morning they take back...and...cricket is back to our "prio" National Stadium.

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Did not I say Aftab will be top scorer!:great::great::great::fanflag::tiger:

belal
January 31, 2005, 09:46 PM
It is a sad day for me. I have practised, played all my youth in this stadium. Golla, suman,me shuppi, anis ,babu all the others who got selected for the first Nirman team will never forget how from morning till evening we were bonded to this stadium. I am in Canada for the last 12 years and every time i think of cricket ithink about BNS.:(

al Furqaan
January 31, 2005, 09:58 PM
its an old stadium...plus mirpur is almost twice as big...and it has all the facilities...the growing tiger cubs will soon make mirpur a nice den...but the BNS will always hold a place in the hearts of all bangladeshis

damal
January 31, 2005, 10:17 PM
yah, Bangabondhu is old enough for not playing cricket. Actually , I remember from the year 1999 it was in danger, though after that some reconstruction took place. Another thing , we won the last macthes ever be played in both M A Aziz and Bangabandhu stadium. A happy ending.

akabir77
February 1, 2005, 08:23 AM
Mirpur Staium field is half the size of BNS. I don't know how r they planing to play on that field....
Last time i went there the field had foot or 2 extra space after one football field.....

Do u think BNS is older then lords?

Spitfire_x86
February 1, 2005, 08:33 AM
The goverment doesn't want the word "Bangabondhu" uttered with stadium name frequently, and they don't want to go through the hassle of removing "Bangabondhu" from the stadium's name. So they're determined to move cricket to Mirpur by all means.

Edited on, February 1, 2005, 1:35 PM GMT, by Spitfire_x86.

Shish Ahmed
February 1, 2005, 08:40 AM
Yeah, it's all polotics.

I read in the daily star people where protesting against losing the stadium. Hope these silly poloticians take note. BNP are ruining everything!!

opu_87
February 1, 2005, 08:40 AM
guys that cant be happen i havent hard anything about it, is this the politicians, politicians are totally F**ked up. i heat khledajia, she is a bitch, the stedium is all momory for bangladesh, i can belive it. this is taking a pice out of me:duh::E

opu_87
February 1, 2005, 09:19 AM
from a bangla newpaper i have found out that football fderation taking over the stedium in march and cricket stedium moving to mirpur, this is very sad

this is the link
http://www.ittefaq.com/news.php?id=63936&sys=3:down:

Spitfire_x86
February 1, 2005, 09:25 AM
Originally posted by opu_87
guys that cant be happen i havent hard anything about it, is this the politicians, politicians are totally F**ked up. i heat khledajia, she is a <b>babe</b>, the stedium is all momory for bangladesh, i can belive it. this is taking a pice out of me:duh::E
Forum censor at work! :embaressed:

rafiq
February 1, 2005, 10:31 AM
Of course there are significant memories of watching cricket at the BNS, but I have just as many good memories of watching football there. There were some classic fights in the stands I was privileged to be in the middle of - great stories and no lasting damage to show for it. Those Abahani-Mohammedan pitched battles built character in my opinion!

The problem with sharing between the 2 sports was that the field was always messed up. Something had to give.

Football should have been given the boot because it actually is not a great stadium for football. I agree that the renaming to Bangabandhu probably sealed the deal and the move is political. Maybe you just have to wait for a regime change before cricket is back again. btw is Mirpur even ready - it is not a Test stadium yet.

reverse_swing
February 1, 2005, 10:58 AM
BNS should be renovated as soon as possible. It may collapse anytime.BNS does not have any indoor gym also.For Mirpur stadium BCB got funds from Australia and ICC to reconstruct this as a cricket stadium. It will have state-of-the-art indoor gym facility. But if you consider location then I think BCB made a great mistake to give up this. So as Rafiq said we have to wait unless this regime change but I'm not sure how long we have to wait for that change.:)

Edited on, February 1, 2005, 4:04 PM GMT, by rezwan1977.

arafath79
February 1, 2005, 11:58 AM
I don't agree with those people who r blaming the politicians. I think it's a good decesion to leave Bangabandhu Stadium for other games like football, athlete and make a better stadium only for cricket where will be no other games except cricket.:up:

AsifTheManRahman
February 1, 2005, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by opu_87
guys that cant be happen i havent hard anything about it, is this the politicians, politicians are totally F**ked up. i heat khledajia, she is a <b>babe</b>, the stedium is all momory for bangladesh, i can belive it. this is taking a pice out of me:duh::E


she's a babe, eh? ;)

yeah, my grandpa thinks so too.

AsifTheManRahman
February 1, 2005, 12:01 PM
what i'm concerned about is all the investment that went into developing the BNS into an international standard stadium (for example the flood lights and the electronic score board).

Spitfire_x86
February 1, 2005, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by AsifTheManRahman
Originally posted by opu_87
guys that cant be happen i havent hard anything about it, is this the politicians, politicians are totally F**ked up. i heat khledajia, she is a <b>babe</b>, the stedium is all momory for bangladesh, i can belive it. this is taking a pice out of me:duh::E

she's a babe, eh? ;)

yeah, my grandpa thinks so too.
I don't like the way forum censor works, it should replace all unallowed words with [-beep-] instead of trying to replace with a similar non-offensive word.

Edited on, February 1, 2005, 5:13 PM GMT, by Spitfire_x86.

bdmoderator
February 1, 2005, 12:44 PM
So this is the end of Our Favourite Stadium.

Bangla Mostan
February 1, 2005, 01:32 PM
A FAIRYTALE ENDING TO A FAIRYTALE.....MATCH.....DRAMATIC, ENIGMATIC, ECCENTRIC, HEART-POUNDING STRESS TENSION AND TEARS FLOWE THROUGH THE STADIUM AS WE FINALLY WON SERIES IN BOTH FORMATS OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME!!:tiger:

babon
February 1, 2005, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by Spitfire_x86
The goverment doesn't want the word "Bangabondhu" uttered with stadium name frequently, and they don't want to go through the hassle of removing "Bangabondhu" from the stadium's name. So they're determined to move cricket to Mirpur by all means.

Edited on, February 1, 2005, 1:35 PM GMT, by Spitfire_x86.


This is indeed the case. see one thing. What they did after taking over power was building potraits of khaleda zia and ziaur rahman besides bangabandhu's which was thr from before. Why the hell zia's potrait be thr? i understand khaleda's being the PM.

BNS was the face of bangladesh sports in international area and they just didn't want to have bangabandhu pronounced. thats it.

Fazal
February 1, 2005, 04:03 PM
In the new stadium, there should be 5 big (picture) place holder.

Not only they will be able to hang the pictures of Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia and Tarik Zia, but also picture of CoCo Zia and his doggie Tiger's picture.

:clap::clap:

Mahmood
February 1, 2005, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by Spitfire_x86
The goverment doesn't want the word "Bangabondhu" uttered with stadium name frequently, and they don't want to go through the hassle of removing "Bangabondhu" from the stadium's name. So they're determined to move cricket to Mirpur by all means.

Edited on, February 1, 2005, 1:35 PM GMT, by Spitfire_x86.

I am surprised none of you remember what really happened.

Football and Cricket kept sharing the stadium, and causing both sports problem, eventually the AL government decided to give BNS to Cricket but all footballers made rally and threatend to go on stike as this will kill football. So the sports minister had to take his word back and football got back the stadium to share half and half with cricket (6 month each).

The BCB president, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, got fed up with this and made a statement, give us Mirpur totally and we will give up BNS. That was accepted and the process began, before BNP even came in.

Now, once BNP came in, the problem was still there, Cricket and Football sharing BNS and both always lobbying to get it at convinient time, specially if Football has the statdium and BD has a home series, that would cut in on Football's time. The sports ministry wanted a way out of this too, so the AL plan to move cricket to mirpur was carried on.

I personally think this is a wrong decision, BNS was originally built for Cricket and it should belong to cricket. Football in BD sucks and they do not deserve to play in BNS at all. But thats just me, back then (even now), football fedaration oficials were (still are) politically strong to compete with cricket over BNS.

AsifTheManRahman
February 1, 2005, 05:06 PM
IMO, cricket deserves BNS, and soccer has done nothing to take its place. Soccer should be confined within the boundaries of "parar rasta"

al
February 1, 2005, 05:08 PM
The name should have been kept as Dhaka Stadium or BNS and not after somebody who did not build the stadium to begin with. Naming after BB after 96 opened the door for all sorts of comments that are been witnessed

Bat-PadTogether
February 1, 2005, 06:06 PM
Really sad to loose BNS but I think Mirpur should have better facilites!:fanflag:

Wazim
February 1, 2005, 06:39 PM
I agree with the guy who said football didn't deserve it. Like sorry to sound like a jerk, but Bangladesh's football hasn't gone as far as cricket. You guys got test status! Now you won your first TEST and ODI SERIES win. And what a way to celebrate, by taking away cricket from your most beloved stadium!

Can't we do something? Anyone? I really hate to see this happening, it makes my blood boil!

bengali_boy
February 1, 2005, 07:06 PM
Originally posted by Spitfire_x86
I personally think this is a wrong decision, BNS was originally built for Cricket and it should belong to cricket. Football in BD sucks and they do not deserve to play in BNS at all. But thats just me, back then (even now), football fedaration oficials were (still are) politically strong to compete with cricket over BNS.

I totally agree with you. I don't really see football going anywhere fast in BD. However, the BD team now have a test series win, a ODI series win, and a win against India. The Tigers need the BNS more then ever.

RazabQ
February 1, 2005, 10:27 PM
Folks,

We Bangladeshis are sentimental people and it is understandable that we have this emotional attachment to Bangobondhy stadium. But I for one actually like the idea of Mirpur stadium being BD cricket's new home. Here are my arguments:

1) It will settle, once and for all this football vs. cricket pull. Like it or not and position on the FIFA rankings notwithstandings, football does have some "jack" amongst the powers that be. We can finally lay down practice wickets, a whole bunch of center wickets, etc w/o cleats tearing up - ever.

2) Mirpur stadium is bigger and more modern. It has better drainage, and my dad who's a retired civil engineer and oversaw the Mirpur facillities says the base of that ground is sand based so less chances of being waterlogged. Being modern means also it's more structurally sound. And the size obviously means better potential cash flows from gate receipts.

3) Security, surroundings should be better. If you recall, the Indian security visitors found the numerous shops and stores surrounding BNS to be a security hazard - and rightly so. On jumma days you had the musullis as well. All these brought extra traffic & ppl to an already congested area. Mirpur is in a much more open area and with the Indoor stadium and the cantonment near by, the overall ambiance will be better.

Now the cons which many will bring up:

1) Distance. Frankly this is a fallacy. Dhaka is a pretty small town area wise, and trust me, if fans can brave Gulistan to get to BNS, they will get to Mirpur just fine. And frankly, it will be a much quicker drive for foreign teams from Sonargaon & Sheraton. Plus, if they build luxury boxes there, they can now attract the coroporate types who are now mostly Gulshan/Banani based. (more revenue).

2) The investment in floodlights, hospitality box etc in BNS. True, these are sunk costs - and we'll unfortunately have to eat it. Perhaps we can do a breakeven on the expected additional cash flow from the new stadium and figure out :)

3) Sunk cost at Mirpur - the athletic tracks. These will have to go! I wonder if they can be relaid into BNS. Perhaps someone will explain to me this one?

Bottomline. Ppl always moan and b**ch about old stadiums when they are replaced - but give 'em a nicer facillity and trust me - they'll forget the old one soon enough.

Razab

akabir77
February 1, 2005, 11:24 PM
Razabq one Q have you ever gone to watch any game to mirpur stadium? Sounds like not cause its the biggest hassel in the world after the match is finished its not only hard to get a ride but also 98% times you will be hijacked(robbed)...

And thats why football never blossemed there and now they put this barden on cricket NUMBER ONE SPORTS in the country... By the way the amount of money they r spending on this they could have fixed BNS very easyly. BUET has already done a servy on it and gave a estimate how to fix/rebuild the stadium....

Anyway You can't replace history... Lord is lord and BNS was BNS....

More over the field is very small last time i checked...I an afraid its gona be anoth NZ field... Small square.

Spitfire_x86
February 1, 2005, 11:35 PM
Originally posted by Rajputro
I personally think this is a wrong decision, BNS was originally built for Cricket and it should belong to cricket. Football in BD sucks and they do not deserve to play in BNS at all. But thats just me, back then (even now), football fedaration oficials were (still are) politically strong to compete with cricket over BNS.
Yeah, let's banish BAFUFE and all of it's members from our country.

reverse_swing
February 1, 2005, 11:51 PM
Originally posted by akabir77
the biggest hassel in the world after the match is finished its not only hard to get a ride but also 98% times you will be hijacked(robbed)...


Agreed.


More over the field is very small last time i checked...I an afraid its gona be anoth NZ field... Small square.

Thats true if you compare outfield only.On the other hand Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur has 60,000 capacity including indoor gym facility compared to BNS(36000). But it's outfield looks small because of that athletic track. Last november Sports Minister Fazlur Rahman inaugurated the indoor gymnasium. This indoor facilities include three practice pitches and a modern gymnasium for the players.

srource >> (http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/11/07/d41107040535.htm)

Edited on, February 2, 2005, 4:52 AM GMT, by reverse_swing.

reverse_swing
February 2, 2005, 12:01 AM
I am surprised none of you remember what really happened.

Football and Cricket kept sharing the stadium, and causing both sports problem, eventually the AL government decided to give BNS to Cricket but all footballers made rally and threatend to go on stike as this will kill football. So the sports minister had to take his word back and football got back the stadium to share half and half with cricket (6 month each).

The BCB president, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, got fed up with this and made a statement, give us Mirpur totally and we will give up BNS. That was accepted and the process began, before BNP even came in.

Now, once BNP came in, the problem was still there, Cricket and Football sharing BNS and both always lobbying to get it at convinient time, specially if Football has the statdium and BD has a home series, that would cut in on Football's time. The sports ministry wanted a way out of this too, so the AL plan to move cricket to mirpur was carried on.




Thanks for digging up the real info.

Edited on, February 2, 2005, 5:02 AM GMT, by reverse_swing.

rafiq
February 2, 2005, 12:04 AM
Originally posted by al
The name should have been kept as Dhaka Stadium or BNS and not after somebody who did not build the stadium to begin with. Naming after BB after 96 opened the door for all sorts of comments that are been witnessed


That is not a very logical statement I'm afraid. We wouldn't be able to honor anyone by naming a building after them because they didn't build the structure to begin with! Zia International Airport was named after the late President - that wouldn't be possible according to your logic. Kamal Attaturk would have to have come to Bangladesh from his grave to have that avenue named after him! Petty politics sometimes makes us say the most baffling things, doesn't it?

reverse_swing
February 2, 2005, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by rafiq
Originally posted by al
The name should have been kept as Dhaka Stadium or BNS and not after somebody who did not build the stadium to begin with. Naming after BB after 96 opened the door for all sorts of comments that are been witnessed


That is not a very logical statement I'm afraid. We wouldn't be able to honor anyone by naming a building after them because they didn't build the structure to begin with! Zia International Airport was named after the late President - that wouldn't be possible according to your logic. Kamal Attaturk would have to have come to Bangladesh from his grave to have that avenue named after him! Petty politics sometimes makes us say the most baffling things, doesn't it?

whats da point of changing the name? It's better to build something new and then go for that. In the case of Zia airport did they change the name? I'm not sure. Anyway I agree with you
that politics sometimes makes us to say the most baffling things!

Edited on, February 2, 2005, 5:13 AM GMT, by reverse_swing.

rafiq
February 2, 2005, 12:28 AM
RS: while it would be nice to honor someone by naming a brand new building, surely it's not always possible. And I guess they try to rename something significant to make it appropriate in the first place. I mean, I'm glad they didn't build Rifle Square at the BDR gate and call that Bongobandhu Shopping Complex, if you know what I mean?

Zia International was originally named Kurmitola so, yes it was renamed and that was perfectly fine.

reverse_swing
February 2, 2005, 12:48 AM
yup you are right but personally(speaking) I think by changing the name of Dhaka stadium we in fact dishonor our father of the nation.

Hasib
February 2, 2005, 01:06 AM
Originally posted by akabir77
. F***ing Politicians...


err... what did they do...?

anyway... yeah its sad... oh well... the new stadium is beta... we have to make an impression on forigners when they visit.

RazabQ
February 2, 2005, 01:17 AM
akabari - I went to a brothers abohani game once. Yes it was pretty hectic, but there are two major roads there and I'd imagine the authorities could do something about it. Is anyone here able to provide the BUET feasability study?. I'd love to read it.

Zunaid
February 2, 2005, 03:03 AM
Originally posted by razabq


3) Sunk cost at Mirpur - the athletic tracks. These will have to go! I wonder if they can be relaid into BNS. Perhaps someone will explain to me this one?


This is gone. Taken down last november:


<img src="http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/11/07/2004-11-07__sports04.jpg">

From Daily Star (http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/11/07/d41107040535.htm)

Edited on, February 2, 2005, 8:05 AM GMT, by Zunaid.

RazabQ
February 2, 2005, 03:29 AM
heh heh.. looks like no re-laying gonna take place.. Hai selucas, ki bichitro ei desh