Lauding the people of Bangladesh for their passion for the game and its cricket, Dalimya told a news conference in connection with the ongoing celebration of "Cricket week-2000" here, that it was this that prompted the ICC to host the match between Asia XI and the Rest of the World in Dhaka.
"What we saw in 1998 here was the spirit of cricket. What we saw here was the commitment of people. We saw here the commitment of Bangladesh Cricket Board and the government", he said.
"It is also necessary for Bangladesh, which is at the moment on the threshold of test status, to hold this match. This (cricket) week will create a cricket fever and it will hasten the development in this region in one year which, otherwise, might have taken five years or even more," he said.
Asked whether Bangladesh would get the much sought-after test status at next June's ICC meeting, Dalmiya said he was not in a position to say that.
"One can only talk about how much progress has been done, what was needed and how far we are. It (ICC) is a democratic body. It is the members who will sit down, deliberate and take a decision," he said.
India Abroad News Service