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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 12:20 on 16th Sep 2013

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Location: Preston UK
fernando Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
bishbash Wrote:
To be honest I am very unlikely to do this (because it is T20, not because it is Bangladesh). I really wanna go to Bangles for our next Test Series though so will be keeping an eye on this forum to see what advice/plans people have.


Be prepared, its an experience. A good one barring the 'Hunters'. (Fosters look alike which tastes even worse)


Mac,you're talking me out if this. ;)


Nah mate you're coming - like it or not, and you will.
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 16:16 on 16th Sep 2013

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blueandy1mac Wrote:
fernando Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
bishbash Wrote:
To be honest I am very unlikely to do this (because it is T20, not because it is Bangladesh). I really wanna go to Bangles for our next Test Series though so will be keeping an eye on this forum to see what advice/plans people have.


Be prepared, its an experience. A good one barring the 'Hunters'. (Fosters look alike which tastes even worse)


Mac,you're talking me out if this. ;)


Nah mate you're coming - like it or not, and you will.


Tests yeah,but not T20.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 15:45 on 17th Sep 2013

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S'what I meant. Roll on 2016.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 09:50 on 20th Oct 2013

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The deadline has now been extended to November 30th!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/cont ... 80595.html
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 05:05 on 28th Oct 2013

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
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Well I certainly fancy this if it's possible. Being mixed race the Ashes doesn't mean the same to me as I think it does most other England fans and while I love tests this looks likes it's going to be the only decent holiday I get for next six months and maybe even more.

What I fancy doing is trying to get to Dhaka for the India - Pakistan game before heading off to Chittagong and taking things from there.

I've heard good things about Bangaladesh, that it's clean and tidy (compared to England anyway) the locals are friendly and that overall it's a pretty safe and decent place. Went to Sri Lanka twice last year and it was difficult to believe that there can be a better place on God's earth to watch cricket but maybe Bangles will trump that.

So can anyone help on the practicalities. I've tried the Bangladesh train site and it won't alllow me to register for my 'invalid mobile phone number' but I've been able to confirm several trains run each day. I'm also told that the accommodation is pretty decent though it can be pretty hard to find online.

Last time I asked about taking a pushbike with me but I won't be bothering this time (asking but I will be cycling) there's nothing like being on a holiday and trying to live as close to a local as possible.

Cheers
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 14:23 on 28th Oct 2013

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Plenty of info and advice on the threads from the previous tour matey.
You may be a little delusional about the cleanliness issue however, I didn't have a prob, but some might. Bear in mind its an extremely poor country. The people make up for it mind.
Dhaka is madness and the pollution will be the main problem with any biking adventures there. We didn't make it to the centre on two attempts in a taxi due to the heat and air quality, can't believe you'd make it alive on a bike, well not without an oxygen tank.
Enjoy.
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Richard
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 22:50 on 28th Oct 2013

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I used the trains when I was over there - didn't bother trying to book anything from the UK, but just went to the station the day before to get a ticket (all very cheap; from memory I don't think I paid more than two pounds for any journey). Didn't get any first class tickets, but the next level down was OK.

One thing to bear in mind is that it won't have rained in Bangladesh for a few months by the time the World Cup is scheduled, so it will be rather dusty over there - if you're intent on cycling you'll want some sort of breathing filter.

A lot of us stayed in the Asian SR Hotel in Chittagong last time - I'd recommend that place (although there didn't seem to be a huge amount of choice). Also conveniently positioned for the Railwayman pub...

Enjoy it - once you get used to everyone staring at you because you're a westerner it's a great country.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 01:33 on 29th Oct 2013

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Re. cycling: You managed the heat, hills and aggressive driving of SL OK, and Bangladesh is nearly all flat, so in some ways you might find it easier. Like Mac says, the traffic in Dhaka is more gridlocked and chaotic than anywhere in Sri Lanka (and probably the world), and the air pollution is pretty intense, although nowhere near as bad as it used to be. The driving outside of Dhaka is also more reckless than in Sri Lanka. In Dhaka itself it's hard to judge, because the solid mass of 4-abreast nose-to tail cycle rickshaws acts like a slowly moving roadblock reducing everything to a crawl.

Personally when I stay in Dhaka I like to stay central, but there's a mid-range hotel (the Grand Prince) fairly near the ground in Mirpur if you prefer to be closer to the cricket.

I haven't heard of anyone successfully getting train tickets on-line, but I've always found ticket staff helpful. Foreigners seem to get preferential treatment. If you can't get a train for any reason, long distance buses are easy to find and book, even at very short notice.
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 04:13 on 29th Oct 2013

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Thanks for that. That certainly gives some food for thought.

My abiding memory is of having travelled to India before I started liking cricket and thinking it was going to be like the MTV India (slim, beautiful and tanned girls) I was watching in the UAE where I was teaching at the time. I found it all a bit of a culture shock and despite always having promised myself to go back I still haven't.

Whatever this appears to be a fantastic opportunity to see a part of the world I have not been to so long I can get that all important permission from the boss at home.
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jeffgooner
Post subject: Re: Anyone doing this then?
PostPosted: 12:50 on 11th Nov 2013

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Yes I am up for doing it,
I am going to spend some time in Goa after the Ashes and realised it would be pretty easy to add a couple of weeks on to take in the 20/20,so am planning to fly in from there.
Went to the Bangladesh embassy in London to get a visa,but was told that you can only request one up to 4 months in advance. looks like I will have to ge one from Goa-although there was a suggestion from the official there that they might offer visa on arrival for the duration of the world cup.
gideonellis@hotmail.com Wrote:
Thanks for that. That certainly gives some food for thought.

My abiding memory is of having travelled to India before I started liking cricket and thinking it was going to be like the MTV India (slim, beautiful and tanned girls) I was watching in the UAE where I was teaching at the time. I found it all a bit of a culture shock and despite always having promised myself to go back I still haven't.

Whatever this appears to be a fantastic opportunity to see a part of the world I have not been to so long I can get that all important permission from the boss at home.
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