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For cricket fans across the globe, March sees the return of one of the sport’s most loved spectacles – the T20 Cricket World Cup.

The world’s best teams and best players congregate in one place, to fight it out for the title of global champions in the shortened format of the game.

This year’s competition will be the fifth of its kind and will be hosted by Bangladesh, the second consecutive tournament to be hosted by an Asian nation.

As fans prepare to travel to one of the four major cities that are hosting matches, what exactly do they need to know?

What’s in store at the 2014 tournament?

For England fans, the long and disappointing Ashes winter is now a thing of the past and fans can now concentrate on the future of the England set-up.

One major face will be missing from the squad for the first time, as Kevin Pietersen has no further role to play for the Three Lions.

However, some of the brightest English youngsters will fancy their chances of making his place in the side their own – notably Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

That isn’t to say that other players will be expected to stand up for the cause either, with Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan both keen to forget what happened Down Under this winter.

England defeated Australia in 2010 to become World Champions while the West Indies stole their crown two years later, defeating hosts Sri Lanka in the final.

This year will see 16 teams battling it out for glory, with at least half them believing they have a real chance of conquering the competition.

Where are the host cities?

Four locations will hold matches in Bangladesh, including Mirpur, Chittagong, Sylhet and the seaside town of Cox’s Bazar.

The latter is a popular tourist destination thanks to its large sandy beaches while several large Buddhist temples can be found in the surrounding area.

Bangladesh’s first and only safari park, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is around 30 miles away for those wishing to do something away from the cricket.

Chittagong meanwhile is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and the metropolitan hub has a wide range of cultures, attractions and monuments to be seen at almost every turn.

The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium has previously hosted World Cup cricket in Chittagong, while the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur can hold 26,000 fans when at capacity.

The latter is the country’s national stadium and is situated in part of the capital, Dhaka, around six miles from the city centre.

Sylhet meanwhile, the fourth and final host city, is based in the North-East of Bangladesh and the Sylhet Divisional Stadium is being built especially for the tournament.

Considering your finances

For cricket fans considering a visit to Bangladesh during theT20 World Cup, there are plenty of stunning regions of the country to visit, all with a diverse mix of cultures.

Travelling with a prepaid travel card can provide money to spend without the need to carry lots of travellers’ cheques or foreign currency.

With a prepaid card you can only spend the amount which is on it at any given time, making budget management possible, although it can be topped up if you so wish.

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Additional security exists on these cards, while the exchange rate seen will be the one when the original transaction took place – providing protection should the exchange rate vary dramatically during a trip.

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