School cricket to mark Bangabandhu’s birth centenary to begin from Jan 20

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DHAKA, Jan 11, 2020 (BSS)- The Prime Bank Bangabandhu National School Cricket, unarguably the biggest cricket tournament of the country, is all set to begin from January 20 across the country.

The announcement came after the logo of the tournament was unveiled in a glittering ceremony at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today.

The traditional cricket competition, amongst the schools of the whole country, organized by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and sponsored by Prime Bank this year is dedicated to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a bid to mark his birth centenary.

After redesigning the tournament, the competition turned out to be the breeding ground of the cricketers and kept providing players to the pipeline, which is why the importance of the tournament has been enhanced more.

“With the lost tradition of the school cricket reviving, it keeps producing players in the pipeline. Four of the U19 national team players also had the experience of playing in the Prime Bank School Cricket competition.

A good number of young cricketers, emerging from school level cricket are playing different age-level sides at this moment,” BCB director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, also the chairman of Game Development Committee said here today.

The Prime Bank CEO Rahel Ahmed said: “Various programs have been organizing under several govt. and non-govt institutions to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rahman.

This year the school cricket competition has been named after Bangabandhu. A record number of youth cricketers have been taking part in the competition each year. This edition will be memorable for everyone and we’re very proud to be a part of it.”

The competition will take place across the country from January 20 and a total of 965 one-day matches will be played under three different phases (901 matches to be played at district level, 57 at divisional level and seven matches in the National Level).

A total of 11,120 school cricketers from 556 schools at district levels, 64 champion schools from 64 districts and 8 schools from the national level will take part in the event.

In the 2018-19 edition of the Prime Bank Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament, Cumilla High School and Bogura Police Lines High School and College were emerged national champion and runner-up respectively.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury and Prime Bank executive vice president Nazmul Karim Chowdhury were present in the event among others.