The authorities have not yet replaced the burnt capacitor bank on the transformer at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium, although the PDB officials requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials for the replacement on March 16, a day before the start of ICC World Twenty20's first match in Sylhet on March 17.
Md. Abul Hossain -- executive engineer of PDB, distribution division-I in Sylhet -- told this correspondent yesterday that the electricity supply in the stadium and surrounding areas were cut off as the capacitor bank on the transformer caught fire on the evening of March 15.
“We asked the BCB to replace it on an emergency basis, but they made the supply line direct by insulating the burnt-out capacitor bank,” Hossain said. “Yet it remains the same,” he added.
“The floodlight system of the stadium may suffer due to the absence of the capacitor bank and the intensity of the light may go down,” he added. The possibility of a sudden power outage was clearly mentioned in the letter to the BCB on March 16.
Electricity supply to the media centre as well as the display board was cut off for half an hour since 4:00 pm due to a sudden short circuit half an hour into the first match on March 17.
PDB chief engineer for the Sylhet region Md. Solaiman said that to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply, they had set a dual-phase connection for the stadium and neighbouring areas weeks before the T20 matches. The capacitor bank is used to keep the power supply stable.