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Bangladesh-USA series doubtful after EF1 tornado in Houston

Published : Sunday, 19 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 305

Bangladesh-USA series doubtful after EF1 tornado in Houston

Bangladesh-USA series doubtful after EF1 tornado in Houston

Bangladesh National Cricket team reached in the USA on May 17 to play a three-match bilateral T20i series against hosts followed by the ICC T20 World Cup. But soon after the arrival in Houston the Tigers faced a terrible tornado.
Shakib Al Hasan marked him and all peer cricketers safe during the natural disaster on a social media platform but the latest update is- the bilateral series in doubt as the infrastructure is severely damaged by the tornado.

The three T20i matches between Bangladesh and the USA are scheduled to play on May 21, 23 and 25, all taking place at the Prairie View Cricket Complex (PVCC) in Houston, Texas.

USA Correspondent of the espncricinfo Peter Della Penna posted a photo of the damaged PVCC on his social media wall and described the condition of the venue.

"The start of the USA v Bangladesh T20i series scheduled to begin on May 21 is currently in doubt after a major storm system ripped through the Houston area on Thursday evening," wrote Penna.

"The majority of the temporary infrastructure that had been put in place at Prairie View Cricket Complex for both the Canada and Bangladesh series, including temporary dugouts and VIP tents, has been destroyed after winds gusting to 75 mph as well as an EF1 tornado with winds in excess of 110 mph touched down in the nearby suburb of Cypress".

"The sightscreens and practice nets at PVCC have also sustained significant damage as well as the scaffolding towers behind the sightscreens that were used as camera wells for TV and live streaming broadcasts," he added.

At least seven people were killed and more than 900,000 people are currently without power in the greater Houston area as a result of the storms, a problem made worse by an immediate rise on Friday in temperatures going above 90F. With power out, it means air conditioning systems are not working and the associated issues that brings with it.

"USAs training session was moved away from PVCC to an indoor facility on Friday while officials assess damage and do what they can to get the facility in useable condition by the start of the first scheduled T20i on Tuesday," he ended.

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