BCB still hopeful of Dhaka hosting Pakistan series

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BCB still hopeful of Dhaka hosting Pakistan series

The Home of Cricket of Bangladesh, Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka is going through major renovation process. There have been questions being asked whether the ground will host the Pakistan series or not. But BCB is still hopeful of Dhaka hosting Pakistan series.

Around six inches of the topsoil from the ground is being replaced at SBNCS. A few pipes at the ground are being replaced as well.

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The Pakistan series is due to take place in July-August this year. Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) grounds committee chairman Hanif Bhuiyan is confident the ground will be ready until August.

“The top six inches of soil have become hard which makes it difficult for the rainwater to go through. That’s why we decided to take this step. The last time the BCB did a makeover like this was probably 10 years ago,” said Bhuiyan.

“I am confident that the ground will be ready by around July. And after that we will need 45 days to grow the grass. We are targeting to finish this work before the Pakistan series.

“But I cannot say for sure if the series will be played here. New grounds often have problems. There may be problems with the outfield. Be it Pakistan or Australia [in September], I am sure the ICC and BCB will check the Mirpur ground before the series.

“But there’s nothing to worry because the other grounds in the country — Sylhet, Fatullah, Chittagong — are all prepared. I can get them ready for an international series in a very short time,” he added.

Australia are expected to tour Bangladesh after the end of Pakistan tour. Probably, Australia Tests will be hosted in Mirpur.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com