Once again it's Sheikh Nasser Stadium | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, July 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, July 11, 2009

Once again it's Sheikh Nasser Stadium

The Khulna Divisional Stadium at Mujgunni has once again been renamed since 1996, setting a burning instance of politicisation by both governments of Awami League and BNP-led four-party alliance.
In 1997 then Awami League government first renamed the venue as Sheikh Abu Nasser Stadium.
Nasser was the younger brother of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, uncle of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and father of lawmaker Sheikh Helaluddin.
Nasser was among others including Bangabandhu gunned down by misguided armymen at the latter's house in Dhanmandi on the fateful night of August 15 in 1975.
Then came to power the four-party alliance which changed the name of the stadium for the second time as Birshreshtha Shaheed Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman Stadium in 2003.
Matiur Rahman, killed during War of Liberation, was a valiant freedom fighter.
But after the current Awami League came to power this year, it was again named as Sheikh Nasser Stadium, wiping out the name of Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman Thursday last.
When asked, the general secretary of Khulna Divisional Sports Association Syed Zahid Hossain told this correspondent yesterday that he had received a letter from the ministry concerned in this regard to change the name of the stadium and rename it as Sheikh Abu Nasser Stadium.
Construction work of the stadium began in 1983 and was completed in 1998 with a capacity to accommodate 25,000 spectators.
The ground attained status as an international cricket venue during the four-party alliance government.

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