West Indies tour game called off
West Indies' three-day warm-up match, prior to the Test series, has been called off because of the condition of the outfield at the ground in Savar. The BKSP ground, which was slated to host the match between the West Indians and a BCB XI from November 8, has not dried sufficiently to be fit for play following a week of wet weather, according to BCB cricket operations manager Sabbir Khan.
"It will not be possible to dry out the ground in the next two days," Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "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.