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Waterlogged Fatullah Stadium unfit for cricket

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UNB, Narayanganj :
Stagnant water from incessant rainfalls in the surroundings of Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS) in Fatullah, commuters are facing difficulty in their daily movements while the stadium also becomes unfit for playing cricket.
KSOAS is the only international venue for cricket in Narayanganj that hosted two Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is - apart from domestic cricket - since March 2006. Every year the stadium faces the problem of waterlogging during rainy season.
The inside of the stadium is still safe with muddy appearances in some areas.
This correspondent made a visit to the KSOAS area and found that local cricket loving youths are fed-up with this scene each year as all sporting activities, including training, remain suspended during the rainy season due to waterlogging.
"Cricketers of several clubs do their daily practice at the outer stadium and some matches of local clubs held here, but all of these got suspended due to stagnant rain water," said a local resident.
"I used to play cricket here with my friends in every afternoon, but now it is not possible. So, cricketers like me became upset. As a sports lover and local cricketer, I'm expecting necessary steps from the authorities soon," said Faysal, a local cricketer.
Another cricket buff of the locality Russell, "Our country has advanced far in cricket and we have big dream with it. But such an environment surrounding an international venue hurts us. Concerned authority should give importance to this matter."
KSOAS could not host the tour match of Australia in August 2017 as it was inundated with contaminated water after rain that time.

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