New Zealand in Bangladesh 2010 October 1, 2010

Rain ruins New Zealand's warm-up match

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's first warm-up match on their tour of Bangladesh has been cancelled because of unplayable ground conditions at the Bangladesh Krira Shikka Protisthan Stadium (BKSP) near Dhaka.

"The region has been hit with 15 days of heavy rain and the outfield is completely sodden," New Zealand's manager, Michael Sharpe, said. "Groundsmen had the super sopper out but could only go a few metres before it needed emptying. The officials had no choice but to call off the match with the match on Sunday, October 3, also in doubt."

The BKSP stadium is two hours from the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, where the five one-day Internationals will be played. The two 50-over games against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI are New Zealand's only warm-up matches ahead of the first ODI against Bangladesh on October 5.