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Practice match reduced

DHAKA – West Indies’ three-day warm-up match, prior to the Test series, has been reduced to a two-day affair because of the condition of the ground in Savar. The BKSP ground, which was slated to host the match between the West Indians and a BCB XI from tomorrow has not dried sufficiently to be fit for play following a week of wet weather, and will now start on Friday.

“The first day of the three-day practice match between West Indies and BCB XI has been called off,” BCB cricket operations manager Sabbir Khan said. “The BKSP cricket ground hasn’t adequately dried, and the decision was made based on the curator’s opinion.”

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson attempted to travel to BKSP this morning for an inspection but returned after realising he would miss the team’s first training session in Mirpur due to the traffic. He said later that he still hoped to get some match practice.

“We’ve been told the ground where we are supposed to play the practice match is wet. We are still monitoring the situation, we are hoping to get some practice before the Test match,” he said.

The BKSP ground in Savar, a town about 40kms north of Dhaka, had hosted tour matches in the past but has poor draining facilities. No other match on West Indies’ tour of Bangladesh is slated for the venue.

The two-day game will be played on November 9 and 10, ahead of the first Test in Mirpur on November 13.

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