MPs leave for UK to participate Inter-Parliament Cricket WC

Published : 07 Jul 2019 06:26 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 02:57 PM

Bangladesh Parliamentarian Cricket Team set out to participate in the first ever Inter-Parliamentary Cricket World Cup (IPCWC) from 9-14 July in England.

In parallel to ICC World Cup 2019, parliament members from eight cricket-playing nations, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the host country England will compete with bat and ball for the glory of their respective countries.

A team consisting of seventeen members of parliament led by Naimur Rahman Durjoy, former captain of Bangladesh National Cricket Team, is to reach London by 7th July.

The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam MP, himself is coordinating with the host parliament in collaboration with Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Bangladesh team met the Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury on the last day of budget session before their departure for the tournament. A four-member technical team under Coach Dipu Roy Chowdhury has been preparing Bangladesh team, and this technical team will also accompany the Bangladesh team.

The tournament will take place in different cricket venues in London dividing the eight teams in two groups.

Bangladesh belongs to the Group-B with Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.

Group-A consists of India, England, Australia and Sri Lanka.

However, in four practice matches, each team will face the team of other group on 9 July before the beginning of group-stage matches on 10th July.

Two teams will go from each group to the semi-finals and then final. In group stage the match will be of 15 overs and the semi-final and final would be of 20 overs.

During the tournament, parliamentarians of those countries will be invited to attend receptions to be given respectively by the Speaker of House of Commons John Barcow at his Parliament Residence on 8th July, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at Durbar Court at the British Foreign office on 9th July and the Prime Minister Thersea May at the Rose Garden at 10 Downing Street on 14th July.

It is expected that the tournament using the soft power of sport will help building friendship among MPs of the participating nations which could be termed as “friendship in pitch”.

Bangladesh team is looking forward to the main spirit of the tournament while they are very upbeat about their success by virtue of   young parliamentarians.