Bangla Tigers to organise Bangabandhu League in UAE
Bangla Tigers owner Yasin Chowdhury said he will extend his all-out cooperation to make it a success
An international cricket tournament, Bangabandhu Cricket League, will be held in the UAE in 2020 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, a press release said.
This was discussed at Bangladesh Consulate on Wednesday when a delegation led by Yasin Chowdhury, owner of Bangla Tigers, met Bangladesh government officials and invited them to attend the Abu Dhabi T10 league that takes place from November 14 to 24 in which the Bangladeshi-owned team will play.
The year 2020 is the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was born on March 17, 1920. The Bangladesh government, run by his daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has declared 2020 as the Year of Mujib.
An elaborated schedule of programmes has been undertaken by Bangladesh government to celebrate the birth centenary.
"We want Bangabandhu Cricket League to be held before the start of the Expo 2020 - so that there is a good synergy between the two celebrations," Iqbal Hossain Khan, the Bangladesh Consul General, said.
Bangla Tigers owner Yasin Chowdhury said he will extend his all-out cooperation to make it a success.
"We will provide all-out cooperation to this initiative that will raise the profile of Bangladesh in the UAE and beyond and it would be my pleasure to be part of the initiative," Chowdhury said.
Bangla Tigers will facilitate free transport, ticket and food to more than 3,000 cricket fans from across the UAE during the Abu Dhabi T10.
Organisers are deploying a fleet of 60 busses to transport the cricket-lovers to the stadium, at their own cost. A large band will play traditional music at the stadium wearing colorful costumes at the 21,000-capacity Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Bangla Tigers will also organise three roadshows in Ajman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi from November 7-9 and a gala jersey unveiling programme on November 13 along with the players of the team.
Famous Bangladeshi film star Shakib Khan will be a star performer at the opening ceremony.
On the field, Bangla Tigers have been drawn into the tournament's Group A and will square off against Deccan Gladiators, Delhi Bulls and Karnataka Tuskers in what will be a tightly contested group.
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