Vol. 5 Num 166 Sun. November 07, 2004  

New gym for cricketers

Inclement weather will no longer hamper practice of country's cricketers because now they can train round the year in the newly-built indoor gymnasium at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

The first complete indoor facility in the city is part of Bangladesh Cricket Board's plans to shift all cri-cket activities to Mirpur, which will be their new home from next year.

The National Sports Council (NSC) built the 130ft long gymnasium at a cost Tk 66 lakh.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman, who also the chairman of NSC, inaugurated the gymnasium yesterday.

Indoor facilities include three practice pitches and a modern gymnasium for the players.

Five more indoor gymnasiums in Bogra, Rajshahi, Khulna, Chittagong and Sylhet are already under construction.

The sports minister also inaugurated the development work on the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium that began with dismantling of the athletics track.

The BCB hoped that the stadium will be ready to stage international cricket matches in the next nine months. Board president Ali Asghar was also present on the occasion.

GOODBYE ATHLETICS: Workers start to tear off the athletic track at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. It is part of turning the 60,000 capacity venue into a full-fledged cricket stadium. It will be the home of Bangladesh cricket next year. PHOTO: Anisur Rahman