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Friday, 25 April 2008

National Sports Council (NSC) chairman and Army Chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed Wednesday expressed the hope that the BCB National Cricket Academy would produce lot of world class cricketers to enrich country’s cricket in future, reports UNB.

He said: “Nowadays, cricket has become a very popular game in the country. We like to see our team winning both at home and abroad… I think, the National Cricket Academy will assist to produce world class cricketers in future to develop the country’s cricket.”

General Moeen, also the president of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA), made the remarks while laying the foundation stone of the building of GP-BCB National Cricket Academy, close to the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in the afternoon.

BCB president Maj Gen Sina Ibn Jamali, BCB Cricket Operations Committee chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain Lipu, Grounds and Facilities Committee chairman Shafiqur Rahman Munna, vice-chairman of Media and Communications Committee Ishtiaque Ahmed, BCB’s Women Wing Committee chairman Monwara Anis Khan Minu, CEO of GrameenPhone Andres Jensen and senior officials of BCB and Grameenphone were present.

Earlier, in 2006, the National Sports Council (NSC) leased the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for a period of 15 years. As the chairman of NSC, General Moeen assured to hand over the space outside the SBNS to the BCB and said the shops close to the stadium would be removed gradually to give the stadium a decent look.

He thanked the BCB and GrameenPhone officials for coming forward to develop the country’s cricket with this Cricket Academy. It is expected that the construction of the Academy building would be completed by April 2009. The three-storied building with six-storey foundation will cost Tk. 6 crore.

Grameenphone will provide US$ 750,000 to the BCB for establishing and operating the Cricket Academy programmes for five years. GrameenPhone CEO Andres Jensen said: “We hope, this Academy will help future cricketers of the country to achieve international standard and ensure a stream of talented players for the national team.”

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