ICC President Sharad Pawar praises Bangladesh for its wonderful hosting2011-03-25
Date: Friday, 25 March 2011
ICC President Sharad Pawar praises Bangladesh for its wonderful hosting
ICC President Mr. Sharad Pawar has congratulated ICC CWC 2011 co-hosts Bangladesh for the successful hosting of the event. Mr. Pawar, who watched the World Cup quarterfinal match between New Zealand and South Africa from the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium said: "It has been wonderful to experience the hospitality of the people of Bangladesh.
"I'd like to thank the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Sports Minister, Ahad Ali Sarker, and the Government of Bangladesh for their support and cooperation in so successfully hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup opening ceremony and all of the matches in Bangladesh.
"The manner in which the whole country has embraced the World Cup has been a joy to behold. The passion that the people of Bangladesh have for cricket is wonderful.
"I have also been very impressed with the facilities here in Dhaka. The Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is a world-class venue that all of Bangladesh should be proud of.
"All eight matches in Bangladesh were well-attended and even those that did not feature the home team were played out in front of big crowds. The people came in and appreciated the good performances and enjoyed the game.
"Immense credit must go to the President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, AHM Mustafa Kamal, his team at the BCB, the Local Organising Committee, the Government of Bangladesh and, of course, the people of this beautiful country.
"An event of the scale of the ICC Cricket World Cup poses many logistical and operational challenges for host nations and I am pleased to say that the cricket community in Bangladesh has not merely met those challenges but has exceeded them.
"I am sure cricket in Bangladesh has a positive and prosperous future and we look forward to returning to the country for the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier later this year and the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014."
Media & Communications Department, BCB