Bangladesh not to host World Twenty20 in 2014?

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Hassan is extremely frustrated with the slow progress at both the Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar stadiums

Bangladesh’s chances of hosting the coveted World Twenty20 in 2014 are slipping fast as they continue to struggle to get their venues ready for the illustrious Twenty20 tournament, which was won by the West Indies last September.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Sri Lanka and South Africa are two other potential destinations the International Cricket Council (ICC) are considering if Bangladesh cannot bring their venues up to scratch.

An ICC consultant visited Mirpur, Chittagong, Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar, but was unsatisfied with the progress of the latter two stadiums.

Both the men and women’s World Twenty20 is to be played in Bangladesh and is scheduled to run from March 16 and April 6.

Mirpur and Chittagong have been approved for international cricket, while Sylhet is still incomplete, despite work beginning last year, and the Cox’s Bazar ground is currently under construction.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan expressed his frustrations at the slow progress as he plans to host a few ODI matches against New Zealand when they tour the country in October.

However, while Hassan remains hopeful of the work being completed on time, the National Sports Council have given a more realistic update on the development of the Sylhet ground.

According to the National Sports Council, the Sylhet ground will not be ready for use until November and they added that the outfield drainage work would have to be completed after the World Twenty20.

The council also stated that the Cox’s Bazar ground was being built from scratch as the land being used was previously part of a golf course.

While Bangladesh scramble to prepare for the tournament, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief executive Ashley de Silva has announced that they have yet to receive word from the ICC on whether they will be hosting the World Twenty20 twice in 18 months.

But, whatever the case, de Silva noted that he would keep all the facilities on standby just in case the ICC decide to change the tournament’s location.

“There has been no communication between SLC and ICC on that topic,” de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. “We have the facilities to host it, but I don’t know if it will crop up at the meeting this week.”

South Africa have also confirmed that they are willing to host the World Twenty20 if worse comes to worst.

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