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Amidst the scorching temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made a strategic decision to adapt to the relentless heatwave sweeping the nation. In response to the unprecedented weather conditions, the (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BCB has announced a significant alteration to its school cricket matches, shortening the traditional 50-over contests to 20-over games.

The decision comes as a proactive measure to ensure the safety and well-being of the young cricketers participating in the Prime Bank National School Cricket tournament. With temperatures reaching record highs and meteorologists labeling it as the longest heatwave in the country’s history, the BCB’s move demonstrates a commitment to prioritizing player welfare.

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AEM Kawsar, the game development manager at BCB, emphasized the importance of mitigating the risks posed by the extreme heat. With 64 district teams competing across 14 venues, the BCB has instructed match officials to conclude matches by 12:30 pm and even proposed earlier start times if agreeable to the teams. Additionally, provisions have been made for regular drinks breaks, ensuring players remain hydrated and refreshed throughout the matches.

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Despite the challenging conditions, the tournament is set to proceed with 57 matches, featuring knockout rounds followed by a group stage for the qualifiers, culminating in the semi-finals and final. Originating in the early 1980s, the Prime Bank National School Cricket tournament holds significance as one of the largest cricket competitions organized by the BCB.

While the school cricket matches adapt to the heatwave, the Dhaka Premier League perseveres through the oppressive conditions. The ongoing Super League phase of the one-day tournament is scheduled to conclude in early May, marking the continuation of domestic cricket amidst the challenging climate.

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The decision to modify the school cricket matches comes amidst broader measures taken across the country in response to the heatwave. With the education ministry’s directive to close schools, colleges, and universities until May 2nd, efforts are underway to safeguard public health amidst rising temperatures.

The heatwave has already claimed more than 30 lives and led to hundreds being hospitalized, underscoring the urgency of adapting to the extreme weather conditions in Bangladesh.

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