Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium or Sher-e-Bangla
National Cricket Stadium (SBNS), is a
cricket ground in the
Mirpur Thana district of
Bangladesh. It holds 25,000 people and was built in
At first, it was named "Mirpur Stadium", but the Bangladeshi
government later renamed it as "Shere-e-Bangla Cricket
The Shere Bangla
National Cricket Stadium, named after AK Fazlul Haque, one
of the country's most renowned leaders and freedom fighters
in the 1940s, is situated about 10 kilometres outside the
centre of Dhaka. The move from the Bangabandhu National
Stadium in Dhaka to Mirpur was met with much resistance, but
the BCB had decided they needed a stadium dedicated
exclusively to cricket, and carried on despite criticism.
The most striking feature of the
ground is the drainage facility which is probably the best
in the subcontinent. The ground was originally built for
football and athletics and was hence rectangular in shape.
To bring it back to a shape suited for cricket, a lot of
demolition had to be done, and also the athletics tracks had
to be dug up. About three feet of soil was excavated to
remove all the red clay. PVC pipes were fit in before
filling it up with rock chips and sand and then grass. The
slope is nice and even, a difference of 29 inches from the
wicket to the boundary.
The ground hosted its first Test
when Bangladesh played India in May 2007; a timely start was
made possible because of the efficient drainage after heavy
overnight showers. The wicket was pretty flat and slow. The
stadium is being renovated ahead of the 2011 ICC world cup.
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