Rezaul Haque, Sylhet
With host Bangladesh taking on visiting Zimbabwe in the opener of the two-match Test series today, Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is going to appear as the eighth Test venue of Bangladesh.
Apart from local players, the foreign players also praised the Sylhet stadium for its green gallery, surrounded by hills and tea gardens.
In a bid to make the inaugurating match in the stadium memorable, Mahmudullah Riyad, the Test match captain for Bangladesh, on Friday afternoon vowed to play with heart and soul.
With the capacity of 18,000 thousand audience, the stadium will also host its first ODI, between Bangladesh and West Indies, on December 14.
The venue has so far hosted seven T20 games. To organize the first Test match in the stadium a gala ceremony will be arranged, said Forhad Kureshi, media in charge of Sylhet international cricket stadium. A bell will be rung, in a similar fashion to the case of Lords stadium of England, by the former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan.