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Bangladesh gets deadline extension for T20 stadiums

AFP, LONDON

Bangladesh’s deadline for getting its stadiums ready for next year’s World Twenty20 has been extended until Nov. 30, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Saturday after a two-day board meeting in London.

Concern has centered around the state of grounds at Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar, which are still being developed.

However, Bangladesh officials have insisted the pavilion at Sylhet, a major source of construction work, is close to completion.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had been set a deadline of Sept. 30 to have the stadiums ready for next year’s tournament, with BCB president Nazmul Hasan saying in August he had “no doubt that the construction work will end by mid-October.”

Next year’s World Twenty20 is due to take place in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6.

An ICC statement issued after the London board meeting finished on Saturday said a tournament schedule would be announced in Dhaka on Sunday next week.

The ICC board also endorsed the proposals of its chief executives’ committee meeting in Dubai last month.

That saw officials agree that the number of reviews under the Decision Review System (DRS) will be “topped-up” to two after 80 overs of a Test innings.

Currently, teams are only permitted a maximum of two unsuccessful reviews per innings.

The new playing conditions came about following complaints about DRS procedures from both sides during England’s recent 3-0 home Ashes series win over arch-rivals Australia. The board also upheld the view that current playing conditions for one-day internationals remain in force.

In other announcements, the board said the post of ICC chairman would only come into being following next year’s annual conference.

The thinking behind the new post had been to turn the ICC president into a figurehead, with executive power now in the hands of the chairman.

However, the Cricinfo Web site reported that both the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the England and Wales Cricket Board were seeking to dilute the proposed powers of the chairman, preferring his role to be reduced to that of a “convenor.”

Afghanistan’s qualification for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand led the ICC board to give the emerging nation an additional US$1.1 million in funding through its Targeted Assistance Performance Program.

Meanwhile the board confirmed that next year’s Under-19 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates from Feb. 14 to March 1.

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