It was seen that many chairs are broken and it will be impossible for spectators to sit on them and may even cause injuries
Bangladeshi spectators are ready to enjoy Test matches from stadium after a long while due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the situation of the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is depressing as the galleries look dilapidated.
The authorities will allow 50% of the total capacity to enter into the stadium, providing they have vaccination certificate, but it was seen Thursday, the day before the match starts that many of the chairs in the gallery were broken and missing.
The ZACS got its current sitting arrangement with most of the gallery consisting of sitting chairs before the World Cup 2011.
During renovation at that time the gallery was also extended with more tiers but those sitting arrangements are also decrepit currently.
From close observation it was seen that many chairs are broken and it will be impossible for spectators to sit on them and may even cause injuries and damages.
The situation got exacerbated with pandemic situation.
Fazle Bari Khan, the venue manager of ZACS admitted the fact but he also said the renovation will be completed by January next year and the Bangladesh Cricket Board president himself has ordered to complete the job.
“The chairs have been broken for a while. We gave work order to RFL for the renovation. They will start their work soon. Hopefully it will be done before next year’s BPL [Bangladesh Premier League) starts,” said Bari to Dhaka Tribune Thursday.
Bari also informed that BCB was expecting National Sports Council, which is responsible for the renovation of stadiums, would complete the job.
However, BCB has taken the responsibility as no progress was seen.
“BCB is renovating the sitting arrangement. Board was waiting for NSC as they did it previously. Our president asked to complete the job before Covid-19 arrived but we could not do it due to the pandemic,” he said.
Bari also said the board preferred local company for the job as it will be easier to get access to them for the repair jobs.