Blog: Cricket takes priority in Bangladesh textiles row
Katie Smith | 11 March 2011
Of the many armchair fans following cricket's World Cup over the past couple of weeks, few will be aware of some dramatic consequences for Bangladesh's garment industry.
However, it has been reported that the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is protesting against Government orders to shut down factories during matches, saying the move will badly affect the country's economy.
Factory owners have been instructed to close for six hours every evening until the final match on April 2 so that power cuts do not affect the enthusiastic cricket fans watching the games on television.
BGMEA fears the shut down of factories will affect export orders and when, or even if the buyers will receive their garments. The Government placed a similar order during the football World Cup in 2010 as power blackouts during key matches saw thousands of people stage violent protests.
Celebrations roared across the country after Bangladesh beat Ireland in a nail-biting match on 25 February. And although the closures are hitting industry, progressing through the tournament will be a decent consolation for many locals.
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