The Hon’ble Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina today (Tuesday, 03 September) laid the foundation stone of the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium & Sports Complex during an official visit to the Cox’s Bazar district. The construction of the stadium, which is located in the seaside resort town of Cox’s Bazar, is being funded by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
The BCB has decided to name the facility after eminent sports personality the Late Sheikh Kamal, son of founding leader of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The ground is a designated venue for the women’s competition of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014. Once completed it will be the first international standard cricket centre in Cox’s Bazar and will have a capacity of approximately 7800.
SHEIKH KAMAL (05 August 1949 – 15 August 1975) Sheikh Kamal was one of the pioneers of cricket’s re-emergence in Bangladesh following the War of Liberation in 1971. A seam bowling all-rounder he represented Udity Club and Dhanmondi Club before the War and afterwards shared the new ball with Jahangir Shah Badshah for Abahani Krira Chakra – the popular club he had founded, when competitive cricket resumed in this country in 1973-74. He was also a member of the Dhaka University Cricket Team. Sheikh Kamal made a name for himself as a prolific wicket-taker and a handy middle-order batsman during a promising career which was abruptly cut short by the tragedy on 15 August 1975 . His lasting legacy in the annals of sports in Bangladesh will be that of a passionate sportsman and a dedicated organizer.