Sylhet Stadium ready to host Bangabandhu Gold Cup

S.A Shofiee, Sylhet :
Sylhet Stadium is almost ready to host the Bangabandhu Gold Cup international football tournament when the some of the renovation works on and off the field have already been completed.
President of the Sylhet Divisional Football Association Mahi Uddin Selim informed all about their development of preparation, while the overall condition of the stadium was not up to the mark to host the matches of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will unveil the logo of the tournament at a local (Sylhet) hotel Thursday at 1 pm. Finance Minister AMA Muhith will formally unveil the logo and the groupings and fixture will also be drawn at the same function.
Selim, while talking to this correspondent yesterday said, ‘Stadium is fully ready, we have almost completed all preparation works we needed but the inclusion of some valves of floodlight were yet be done.’
Selim said that 142 valves for floodlight were necessary to get sufficient light but NSC provided 100 and this is the only lacking in preparation.
Selim said, ‘We had to work on to make the playground fully green with planting grass, hopefully you will see the ground almost an international standard. We had to renovate the VIP box and also the press box to give necessary facilities to media.’
About the players’ dressing rooms, the DFA president said that they have international standard dressing rooms including all facilities, as these were made during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
‘It will be not any problem with the dressing rooms for any team of the world, the dressing rooms here were made during Twenty 20 Cricket
World Cup with international standard,’ Selim said.
‘The Finance Minister is knocking me every now and then about the preparation and also helping us to complete the all works rapidly,’ Selim revealed.
Meanwhile, the secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC) Shibnath Roy informed this correspondent that they have granted a budget of Tk 1.72 crore for renovation of the stadium.
‘I think 100 valves out 142 is not insufficient, and it will not be a great problem if we can complete major part of a match in daylight.’
‘In fact we have plan to make the Sylhet Stadium completely to an international venue with providing all the facilities.’