The Masters Cricket Carnival will start on Thursday at Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar. The weather is a big concern as light rain has been around for the last few days but the organisers hope that the event will be a success.
Two group stage matches will take place on the opening day with Renaissance Rajshahi taking on Confidence Group Dhaka Metro and Jaj Bhuiyan Dhaka Division playing against Ispahani Chittagong.
Gemcon Group Khulna, captained by Habibul Bashar, will play their first match against Chittagong on Friday. The final of the carnival will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on September 6.
The six participating teams have been divided into two groups and the matches will be 16-over ties with the application of international cricket rules.
Captains of the six participant teams held a press meet on Wednesday at the stadium where they said it is a get together of the former cricketers in the form of cricket carnival.
Chittagong captain Akram Khan and Dhaka captain Naimur Rahman said the event is a great opportunity for them to be reunited with former teammates in the cricket field again.
“It is tough for us to meet each other often as we are busy in various activities after retirement. So we are happy that we have a get-together with our former teammates after so many years in this carnival. If weather is fine then we will play together, if not, then we will stay two-three days together which will help us bond again. That is the most important part for us,” said Naimur.
Khulna skipper Bashar said the carnival has a vision to help former cricketers as well.
“We are happy that we will play together again. But this tournament has some other aims as well. We want to raise fund for the former players who are facing financial crisis or suffering from any illness. It is one of our main goals,” Bashar said.
Rajshahi skipper Khaled Masud said they want to create a platform from which Bangladesh cricket can be benefited in future.
“We have come from different districts across the country. If we have a common platform then we can share our thoughts and ideas to develop cricket. We have a plan to extend this tournament further in the future so that all former cricketers can meet each other and make plans to develop cricket,” Pilot said.