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No play


West Indies will be going into the Test series next week without any match practice.

Their three-day match against a BCB XI which had been reduced to two days has now been abandoned because of the condition of the outfield at the ground in Savar.

The BCB cricket operations manager Sabbir Khan said the ground had not dried sufficiently to be fit for play following a week of wet weather.

“It will not be possible to dry out the ground in the next two days,” Khan said. “The BKSP cricket ground hasn’t adequately dried, and the decision was made based on the curator’s opinion.”

Yesterday, the BCB had announced that the game was being reduced to a two-day affair. West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, who had attempted to travel to BKSP on Wednesday morning for an inspection, had 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,” Gibson said on Wednesday.

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 match was West Indies’ only tour game ahead of the first Test in Mirpur on November 13. (Cricinfo)

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