“If taken care of, it might be one of the best stadiums in the world.” this was said by one of the greatest coaches of the world cricket, Dav Whatmore two years ago after watching the Sylhet cricket stadium. But, after so many years, this actually keeps nothing but regret for us while we find out that ICC looks for an alternative venue for the t-20 world cup of 2014 because of this stadium not being prepared. Although the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board stated that, the tender of the stadium had been taken and the work for preparedness has already started. The stadium had been budgeted almost of 83 crore taka. We just hope and pray, like many other ‘possibilities’ let not the stadium remain only as a possibility. [Read Also: BCB so close to own their first stadium ever]
For the record, the stadium was established in the year 2007 by the former finance minister late Saifur Rahman. The stadium is of 615 feet height and 485 feet width. It is surrounded by green hills, hillock and loads of natural beauty around the stadium which is not quite often seen in Bangladesh. There had not been played any international match in the past before, but many first class matches were played there. England under 19 cricket team, England A team, Nepal under 19 team came to play there. The team of ICC while came here they were really enchanted by the natural beauty around the stadium, but they were disappointed with the sloth speed of the preparation of the stadium. The team will of ICC will revisit the stadium on September and they will give their final decision.
The General Secretary of the Sylhet division cricket organization ADHOC committee Jumma Abbas informed that, “To make the stadium prepared for the world cup t-20 2014, the project of around 60-65 lakhs is going on with a great speed. The work was started on 7th of June. Around 400 different types of labors are working there.” He also stated that the gallery, floodlight, indoor stadium and media center is not prepared yet. This are the things which have to get prepared .
This has been said that, this stadium will be one of the 5 most beautiful stadiums in the world for the natural beauty it is surrounded by. So, the stadium would help us not only to fulfill the ultimate dream to be one of the elite teams in the cricket fraternity, but also help us to be renowned by many tour -loving people around the world.