All Roads Lead to Bangabandhu Stadium
Thursday, 17 February 2011


The opening programme starts at 5:45pm. However, Kazi Shahrin Haque, an enthusiastic cricket lover, has set out around 9am from the city's Tejgaon.

Like Haque, an employee of a private company, all the city dwellers have set their destination to the Bangabandhu National Stadium at Gulistan, where the dazzling opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup commences on Thursday evening.

Crazy cricket lovers have started queuing up from 1pm to enter the stadium, which is due to open at 2pm.

This is for the first time Bangladesh is part of such a grand arrangement.

This time, Bangladesh, along with India and Sri Lanka, is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Cricket lovers have overflowed into the stadium premises since morning chirping with vuvuzelas, the crazy trumpet which marked the last football world cup.

Law enforcers have been in sharp vigil in the city.

Ali Azgar, standing at Gate 1 of Bangabandhu National Stadium, told that he had did not get the entry ticket, nevertheless he had come to watch the last moments of the grand ceremony.

He expressed his pleasure in all the festivities, but alleged that in some places cleanliness activities were still underway which, he said, "was not expected."

Peddlers are selling Bangladeshi flags at the stadium-gates.

A group from the city's Mohammadpur, moved round the stadium with a huge Bangladeshi flag.

One of the group members Khandaker Kashem told, "Cricket will represent Bangladesh anew to the world. We have come to be part of that spirit."

The gathering around the stadium is gradually intensifying.

The opening ceremony will be a 135-minute programme, including a 50-minute song performance by singers from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

The matches will start from Feb 19 with Bangladesh taking on India at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.


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