West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13

West Indies tour game called off

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 8, 2012

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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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by SarfBD on (November 10, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Everyone is blaming BCB but I think there's nothing to blame. There was continuous raining in last week and BKSP doesn't have the best drainage system. The only other option was Fatullah which, I believe, is under renovation. It can happen in any country. Even Test matches can be washed out in international stadiums. Of course BKSP is not a stadium of international level. This is obviously frustrating but is beyond anyone's hand. BCB did a great job in ODI world cup. So they know this business well.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

A roof is an interesting idea and if America can do it then why can't the Cricketing World? even in Football many stadiums i.e. Wembley have a roof infact even Tennis has in Centre Court of Wimbledon which they placed a new roofing system for rain affected matches. But the only reason why I see its difficult to place a roof for Cricket matches is the way the stadiums are designed which is totally different from other sports. Another problem with a roof in Cricket is that if you're going for a big shot a 6 then that's going to hit the top of the roof and come straight back down so clearly there are issues with it. Good idea but takes a lot of planning and can be very expensive especially for Cricket.

Posted by jadi501 on (November 9, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Pathetic arrangements....... Its mean Wi have no practice game before test match..............

Posted by WICricFan1 on (November 9, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

I agree with reyme, the times are too modern now to allow rain to disrupt games..... world cricket should think about retractable roofing systems for their grounds. This does not have to be every ground in the world, but a start with one per test playing nation.... this needs to improve. America has done it why can't cricket???

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 8, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

It's disappointing from BCB. Savar isn't a top class domestic ground. Then why did they arrange the tour match there? Savar town is 40 kms 4m Dhaka city. But Fatullah, a Test venue in Naryanganj City is less distant 4m Dhaka. BCB should've arranged the match there.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

why should icc put money in to get drainage systems done at bangladesh grounds. it the job of bangladesh cricket board not icc. if their board can afford to start their own domestic t20 tournament and afford to hire foreign players to play there then there's no reason why they cant afford to build proper drainage systems and upgrade their filthy grounds.

Posted by reyme on (November 8, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

With so much money involved with cricket now, I wonder why there is no one is thinking of building a metrodome like the one in Minneapolis or a complete indoor stadium....its expnsive but you onlyneed one in the entire country...I am sure several corporate house would contribute as sponsors if proper initiatives are taken......

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 7, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

@Anesh Babu Yerramaneni:- I have no idea what you just wrote. Difficult to read why no spaces?

Posted by The_Ashes on (November 7, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

That's seriously unprofessional from Bangladesh's behalf I agree with Ahmed Hussain, why not cover the whole ground when heavy rain was being predicted? time to get your act together BCB and management no wonder we're not given the respect we cry for. West Indies are one of the few teams that would be willing to play Bangladesh home or away despite the inconsistent Cricket we play. We should show some respect.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

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Posted by Pteris on (November 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

It is not ideal but why couldn't the game be played 9, 10 and 11? Surely, the extra day of match practice is worth more than a second day "off".

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 7, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

BCB is an unprofessional board no wonder Bangladesh are not progressing as fast. This can seriously disrupt Bangladesh's Cricket if touring teams demands are not met like grounds, facilities etc.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 7, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

@Rafelgibt - Sorry you have to hear this but Fatulah also has a drainage problem. However, the good news is that this is one of the few stadiums that is getting a lot of renovation done mainly because of the next World T20 which will be held their.

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Bcb don't care about it as the Board is poorly structured from the beginning, as a new Board comparating to the the other, they supose to have more modern facilities but for involving politics, curruption and lack of Plans and creativity, they became funny to everyone. To be honest, almost every people who have never been involved closely with cricket and working in the board, are just to Maker money, they do not bother about such important issue,which I am listening after I was born

Posted by Rafelgibt on (November 7, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

What about FOTULLAH cricket stadium???Its just 30 kms away from the Hotel where WI are saying currently........Now don't tell me that it also has a very bad drainage system!!!I hope the way our cricketers are improving that way one day our BCB organizers will improve???

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

This is where the ICC need to put MONEY and get such problems fix in order to have good cricket and safety of the players .

Posted by   on (November 7, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

The BCB cannot get the simplest of things done by not having drainage systems astonishingly. I just hope for that match Bangladesh win the toss and bat as long as possible disappointing to hear this and I wonder if they even bothered to cover the ground.

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