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Public holiday declared for Bangladesh’s World Cup match

Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 12:43 PM IST

Chittagong: Business came to a standstill in the port city of Chittagong on Monday after a public holiday was declared to allow Bangladeshi fans to follow their team’s World Cup match against Netherlands.

Instead of the usual hustle and bustle seen on the streets, roads were left virtually deserted as fans sat transfixed in front of their televisions and cheered on Shakib Al Hasan’s men, who need to win the Group B match to boost their prospects of reaching the quarter-finals.

“The holiday was announced so that the teams and officials can move freely in the streets to hold the World Cup match without any hindrance,” a Chittagong city administration official told reporters.

“We support the decision to declare bank holidays on match days because we cannot concentrate in work when cricket is played and channels telecast it,” businessman Kazi Ahsanuddin said.

Bureau Report