Venues maintained with limited resource

Sports Correspondent

9 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Venues maintained with limited resource

A groundsman cuts grass with scissors at Sher-E Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is maintaining its respective venues with limited resources, said BCB official on Wednesday.

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium is maintained by 15 groundsman while it is guarded by 25 security guards while Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram and Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is maintained by five to six groundsman.

BCB Grounds Committee Manager Abdul Baten told daily sun on Wednesday that they are trying to man the different venues with the limited resources as BCB had postponed all the cricketing activities due to coronavirus pandemic.

“We are trying to manage our venues with limited manpower because if we don’t maintain it on regular basis it will put us in a big problem,” said Baten.

“We have around fifteen groundsman at SBNCS while there are five to six groundsman working respectively in Sylhet and Chattogram,” he said.

“Apart from that we have our head curator in Bangladesh and they are instructing them (groundsman) as they are trying to maintain the stadium and staying here despite the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

Sri Lankan Gamini de Silva is in-charge of SBNCS while Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium and Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is curated by Praveen Hinganikar and Sanjeev Agarwal respectively.

However, groundsman of the stadium said that though they don’t have much to do at this point of time but they are finding hard to have their meals considering the mess in BCB is closed which used to provide them food earlier.

“Now we don’t have much work to do. We just spray water in the ground because otherwise the grass will go brown (rotten),” said a groundsman on request of anonymity.

“15 members are working in our section. We live in bachelor mess and cook food by ourselves,” he said.

“The main difficulty we are facing is in managing meals. We are cooking by ourselves in academy,” he said while security members echoed the same sentiment.

During this crisis, BCB always remained beside their stakeholders which includes cricketers and groundsman. BCB gave one-time monetary assistance to both contractual and non-contractual women cricketers.  

BCB President Nazmul Hasan Papon said that they will grant one month’s wage for the groundsmen.

A total of 200 groundsmen are working for BCB, among them 90 groundsmen are working on permanent contract who are getting twelve thousand four hundred taka while the rest, who are working on temporary basis are getting eleven thousand taka per month.