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Atique Anam from Sylhet
The grassbank is an added attraction to the purpose-built Sylhet Cricket Stadium. PHOTO: STAR
The grassbank is an added attraction to the purpose-built Sylhet Cricket Stadium. PHOTO: STAR

If you are a casual cricket fan, willing to spend a day with family or friends watching live cricket from the venue, Sylhet Cricket Stadium is the place for you to be. Set inside the serene settings of the Lukkatura Tea Estate, this 13,500-capacity stadium in undoubtedly the most picturesque venue in Bangladesh and arguably one of the very best in the sub-continent.
If your wallet is reasonably fat, book a ticket for the seats in the Grand Stand. You'll have close proximity to the pavilions and the hospitality box and will have a front on-view of the wicket as the bowler runs in. The Grand Stand is designed after Bengal-Assamese bungalow architecture, with a stunning red tinned roof. If your wallet is thin, book your tickets in one of the galleries and you will be among the crowd living the heart-beat of the game.
Opposite the Grand Stand are the production and media facilities, with a 120-seat state-of-the-art press box on the third tier. The overflow, which is exclusively used by the production crew, gives probably as good a view as that of the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. But only authorised personnel are allowed here.
However, the most stunning feature of this stadium is the grassy mound on the eastern part, named the Green Gallery, which bears the very essence of this region. It will cost a bit more than the general galleries, but that's a trade-off you should prefer to avoid being engulfed by concrete and plastic and the sun bearing down on your face.
And in case you couldn't manage a ticket for the match, don't worry. Just climb up any of the small hillocks beyond the Green Gallery and you will have a decent-enough view of the proceedings.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2014

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