Dubai, Dec 9 (): The International Cricket Council (ICC), together with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), celebrated the 100-day countdown to the ICC World Twenty20 T20 Bangladesh 2014 in the three host cities.
Last Thursday evening, the countdown clock was unveiled evening amid much fanfare and fireworks at South Plaza Gate, National Parliament House, Dhaka, Chittagong’s Circuit House Circle, M.A. Aziz Stadium and Sylhet’s Keane Bridge (Surma River).
Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan was present at the countdown celebrations in Dhaka and BCB Directors AZM Nasir and Shafiul Alam Chowdhury were seen in Chittagong and Sylhet, respectively. The celebrations at different venues were attended by Bangladesh men’s team members Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Shakib Al HasanAnamul Haque, Sohag Gazi and women’s team captain Salma Khatun and her teammates Jahanara Ahmed and Ayesha Rahman.
The men’s tournament will include ICC’s 10 Full Members and for the first time, six ICC Associate members (Ireland, Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands), qualified through the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013.
The inaugural ICC World Twenty20 was staged in South Africa and under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India had got the top honours.
For this tournament, the first round matches will begin on March 16 with the opener between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The semi-finals is scheduled on April 3 and 4, and the finals on April 6. The women’s event will have 10 teams and Australia will attempt to complete a hat-trick of titles.
Having bagged the 50-over World Cup and Champions Trophy, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said his team will be looking forward to lift the ICC World T20 title next year in Bangladesh in order to finish a unique accomplishment. India will play with Pakistan in their tournament openers on March 21 in Dhaka.
Pakistan T20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez said his teammates will be on target from the very first ball as their opening match is against arch-rivals India.