Donald Lu visits Kings Arena

Published : 15 May 2024 09:19 PM

The ongoing visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Lu, has took an unexpected turn on Wednesday, extending its reach beyond the usual political and diplomatic circles. 

A buzz of excitement was generated within the Bangladeshi sporting community, particularly amongst cricket enthusiasts. Donald Lu visited the Basundhara Kings Arena, the majestic home stadium of the Basundhara Kings, the undisputed champions of the domestic football league for the past five consecutive seasons. This state-of-the-art stadium holds a unique distinction in Bangladesh, being the only one dedicated solely to football.

Intriguingly, located right next to the football stadium, is a dedicated cricket practice ground. This ground serves as the training hub for prominent teams like the BPL's Rangpur Riders and the Dhaka Premier League's Sheikh Jamal. 

According to reliable sources, Mr. Lu's visit to the Kings Arena was intended to facilitate a courtesy meeting with the Bangladesh national cricket team.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) women cricket wing chief, Habibul Bashar Sumon, revealed on Wednesday, "The Bangladesh women's cricket team will be present at the Kings Arena this afternoon for an event organized by the American Embassy."

While whispers suggested the possibility of the US-bound men's team also attending this event, a responsible BCB director could 

not definitively confirm this information.

With the Bangladesh women's team confirmed to be a part of the event, it is possible that Mr. Lu's visit was intended to promote sporting ties and collaboration between the two nations, particularly focusing on women's cricket.