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SBNS welcomes fans

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 20 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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SBNS welcomes fans
Bangladesh fans cheer during the first T20I match against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Friday. – TANVIN TAMIM

The Bangladesh Cricket Board hosted quite a big number of domestic and international matches without fans in the gallery since cricket in the country resumed after the coronavirus outbreak last year.

On Friday, after a 21-month break, they finally allowed fans to watch a live cricket match between Bangladesh and Pakistan from the gallery which brought normality to the home of cricket.

Although the BCB issued only 50 percent of tickets, fans returned to the stadium in large numbers to witness the three-match T20I series opener between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Fans aged 18 and above needed to show match tickets as well vaccine certificates to enter the stadium.

“We’re really happy to get an opportunity to watch the match from the gallery,” said a private university student who came from Dhanmondi along with some of his friends.

“It’s a different feeling watching a cricket match from the venue and it’s more exciting to watch the game than on TV,” he added.

Although the match started at 02:00pm, there was a long queue of fans to enter the stadium in the early morning.

Apart from the host team fans, there were a good number of Pakistani fans in the gallery and most of them were medical students from Pakistan, who study here in Bangladesh.

Their joys knew no bounds when Mohammad Nawaz hit Aminul Islam to confirm Pakistan’s four-wicket win that gave them a 1-0 lead in the series.

The last time the spectators in Bangladesh had a chance to watch a live cricket match from the gallery was back in February-March last year when the Tigers hosted Zimbabwe in a bilateral series.