Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chairman Nazmul Hassan attended an emergency board meeting today at the BCB offices in Mirpur and the main agenda was the approval of the contractual agreement with the architectural firm which has been appointed to build the Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium.
BCB had previously announced that Populous, headquartered in the United States, had been awarded the project and today the board of directors met to approve the contracts to be signed between the company and BCB.
“There was only one main agenda and the rest were routine matters. Populous had been given responsibility for the consultancy and design of the Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium. The contract which will be signed with them was approved at today’s meeting. Our documents are ready and signatures will be taken any day. Once signed, work should start within six months,” said the President of BCB Cricket Operations, Jalal Yunus, to the media present this evening.
The BCB expects that once the contract is signed, it can build the stadium within the time frame set for the project. The company has been involved in designing and advising on numerous stadium projects such as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Tottenham in the Premier League and the Emirates Stadium which hosts Arsenal.
“There is a schedule for the design of the designs which we expect within the next six months. But we will try to start any additional work before that. We are trying to move forward as soon as possible.
“We have prepared a schedule of 30 months from the date of signing the contract and we will try to complete the work within that timeframe,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told media.
The Bangladesh World Cup jersey was unveiled on September 30 and the BCB are looking to sell the shirts through their official website, although no decision has been made.
“We are discussing whether we can sell the shirts online or through our website. There are a few formalities and maybe we will do it through our website. We haven’t outsourced it to anyone yet. either,” Jalal informed.