The first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies will start in Antigua in a few hours. The second match of the two-Test series will be played in St. Lucia.
But the Bangladesh spectators still do not know where they will watch the two matches of this Test series or not.
Total Sports Management, a Bangladeshi company, has the right to show Bangladesh matches in West Indies. But even though the company bought the rights from the West Indies, they could not sell it to any channel in Bangladesh till the writing of this report.
Meanwhile, the name of Padma Bridge has become involved with the Test series. This is the official name of ‘Padma Bridge Friendship Test Series’, Bangladesh-West Indies Test Series. BCB president Nazmul Hasan Kal said that pictures and videos of the Padma Bridge will be shown during the test. The perimeter board of the Antigua field is also to be decorated in the picture of Padma Bridge.
But if the game of Bangladesh is not seen from Bangladesh, then what is the benefit! The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Total Sports have therefore approached the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Moinul Haque Chowdhury, proprietor of Total Sports, told this reporter on his mobile phone, “No channel in Bangladesh is interested in showing the game. However, the BCB and our joint efforts have finally made arrangements for the broadcast of the Test series on ICC TV, so that the people of Bangladesh are not deprived of watching the game.
Moinul, however, said viewers would have to pay ২ 2 via international credit card to watch the game on ICC TV . It will cost ড 2 for a two-Test series. ড 2 may not be too much, but the problem is that not everyone in Bangladesh has an international credit card!
BCB and Total Sports are therefore trying to make arrangements to watch the series for free. They are currently discussing this with the ICC and it may be fruitful.
BCB director Ismail Haider Mallick Prothom Alok said, “We are trying to make arrangements to show the game for free. Maybe that will happen. We are also trying to show the game on BCB’s Facebook and YouTube channels.