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11:00 PM, November 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, November 11, 2009

BCB will do everything to make WC a success

Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal (2nd from L) makes a point while addressing a press briefing at a local hotel yesterday. The BCB boss returned from Mumbai on Tuesday after attending the schedule and venue disclosure ceremony for the 2011 World Cup to be jointly staged by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India.Photo: STAR

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) high-ups reassured on Wednesday that they would leave no stone unturned to make the ICC 2011 World Cup a grand success, even though there is hardly any visible progress in the preparations.
BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal sought cooperation from all corners to successfully host the showpiece event first time in the country while talking at a press conference yesterday.
The board arranged the press conference at a local hotel to disclose the detailed outcome of the last central organising committee (COC) meeting held in Mumbai though most of the minutes, including the match schedule, have already been published.
Mahbubul Anam, BCB's senior vice-president and secretary of the COC, informed that the tickets would go on sale from February next year and before that the rates would be fixed by next month.
It was informed that the respective board has to fulfil all the requirements of the venues before October next year to make sure the International Cricket Council (ICC) can start their operation three months before the start of the tournament itself.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to complete the preparations before the deadline with cooperation from all," said Kamal adding that they would take all necessary action to make the Mirpur venue as the "Home of Cricket" in true sense.
Kamal assured that measures would be taken to permanently remove all the shops around the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. "We are taking initiatives to shift the shops to another place and we know we have to do a lot of work at this stadium to give it a proper shape," he said.
Bangladesh will host eight matches of the mega event including two quarterfinals and the opening ceremony, to be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Of the matches, Chittagong has been awarded two group-stage games.
Before the announcement of the venues, an ICC delegation last month visited Mirpur and Chittagong and they pointed out some areas for improvement. "We have to keep them posted every month and the next inspection is scheduled for March next year, so we have to upgrade everything accordingly," said Shafiqur Rahman Munna, BCB's director and chairman of the grounds committee.
The next COC meeting will be held in Dhaka on January 9 which will be followed by the Trophy unveiling ceremony.
The BCB boss informed that ICC vice-president Sharad Pawar, who is the chairman of the organising committee, is expected to arrive in Dhaka two days before the ceremony.

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