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International Cricket Returns to Rajshahi After 13 Years

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International Cricket Returns to Rajshahi After 13 Years

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International cricket matches are finally returning to Rajshahi City after a long 13-year hiatus. The hosts Bangladesh U-19 cricket team will take on its Pakistani counterpart in a series of matches scheduled to be held from May 11. The games will take place at the Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Divisional Stadium, and preparations for the series are already underway.

The Shahid AHM Kamaruzzaman Divisional Stadium was built in 2004 with a capacity of 15,000 and has hosted numerous national and international cricket stars over the years. However, due to the lack of three-star or five-star hotels in Rajshahi, international matches were stopped, and the stadium lost its status as a test venue.

Now, with the development of the housing system, international cricket is set to return to the divisional stadium named after AHM Kamaruzzaman, one of the four national leaders. The return of international cricket matches to Rajshahi is a significant development for the city and its cricket enthusiasts.

Latest on the Bangladesh U-19

On Tuesday (May 3), Bangladesh U19 were still trailing by 105 runs with seven wickets in hand at the close of the third day’s play of the solitary four-day match against Pakistan U19 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. Beginning their second innings at a deficit of 271 runs, Bangladesh lost their opening batter, Majaharul Islam, for naught with only two runs on the board.

Adil Bin Siddik was the next to fall for 26 off 105 deliveries, and Ashiqur Rehman Shibli, who scored 79 off 201 balls, was the third wicket to fall. Bangladesh U19 ended the day at 166 for three in 70 overs, with Sharear Sakib and Akanto Sheikh remaining undefeated on 47 and five runs, respectively.

Earlier, on the third day, Pakistan U19 resumed their first innings at the overnight score of 364 for seven and were bowled out for 420 in 128.1 overs. Obaid Shahid, a right-handed batter, top-scored for Pakistan with 67 off 144 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries. Ali Asfand contributed 40 runs off 79 balls, including eight fours.


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Statements on the Announcement

Following the announcement, former captain of the Bangladesh National Cricket team, Khaled Masood Pilot, expressed his excitement about the return of international cricket to Rajshahi. He believes that the upcoming Under-18 and Under-19 matches will promote Rajshahi and its players in international cricket.

The matches will also provide an opportunity for the Shahid AHM Kamaruzzaman Divisional Stadium to shine once again. The stadium, which is one of the biggest cricket venues in the northwest region of the country, has been neglected for far too long.

The cricket series between the Bangladesh U-19 team and the Pakistan U-19 team will consist of three one-day international (ODI) matches on May 11, 13, and 15, followed by a T20 match on May 17. In addition to these matches, an unofficial test, five ODIs, and one T20 match will be held against the Bangladesh U-19 team.

In conclusion, the return of international cricket matches to Rajshahi is an exciting development for the city and its cricket enthusiasts. The Shahid AHM Kamaruzzaman Divisional Stadium is set to shine once again as it hosts some of the most exciting cricket matches between the Bangladesh and Pakistan U-19 teams. The matches are sure to provide an opportunity for the city and its players to shine on the international stage once again.


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