- Posted March 16, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Tell us the Good Stuff!
It's cricket time, and Bangladesh dancing on streets
You heard about the country. Probably with the words like 'Rana Plaza', 'death', 'politics', 'riot', 'clash' etc.
But this time, it's different. Bangladesh is all about joy now. Pure joy, excitement, singing and dancing. On which Bangladesh's kind of floating right now.
The third-world developing country of once is arranging a fully international sports event for the first time-- ICC World Twenty20 2014. One of the biggest events of cricket.
You won't believe the excitement of cricket if you're not in Bangladesh. You may think these people are so happy they don't have anything to worry about. Even the rickshaw-puller, who earns less than $5 a day, will seem more worried about upcoming matches than his family. There is simply no way it can't get you.
As this is the first time Bangladesh's arranging something so big, the whole nation is bursting with joy. Major cities are decorated with murals, lightings, banners, billboards etc.
To make this event more colorful, university students of Bangladesh has started something new for their nation. You've watched Flash Mob around the internet of course, but not like how Bangladesh's doing it.
Students of every university have come to the streets, dancing and singing 'Char Chokka Hoi Hoi', the official theme song of the tournament. Flash mobs are shared on YouTube and Facebook instantly. These become so popular that ICC (International Cricket Council) has posted many flash mobs in their official YouTube channel.
Besides Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and many districts, a group of Bangladeshi students did flash mob for the event in Times Square, New York.
Watch the videos, and you'll feel the tension and excitement of streets. You'll know that it's not just bunch of youngsters dancing around. They're supporting their beloved country with all they have.
You might get a message as well: "See, we're not about political unrest of dead worker anymore. We're happy in our own way, and that makes us unique."
About the tournament
Twenty20 is a shorter version of cricket. Each team plays for 20 overs here, so the game completes with three hours.
ICC World Twenty20 2014 is going to be the biggest cricket event ever by means of broadcast. It has a potential reach of more than 1.8 billion viewers with live pictures shown by 29 broadcasters. And it will be shown in more than 20 languages with pictures.
16 nations are participating in this tournament- Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.
Opening Ceremony already took place. Matches start from March 16.
Good luck, tigers!