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May 21, 2005
Northamptonshire 149 for 5 (Shafayat 76, Hossain 3-67) v Bangladesh
Bad weather prevented any play on the second day of Bangladesh's third and final warm-up match, against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, and so left an inexperienced squad dangerously short of match practice ahead of the first Test at Lord's, which begins next Thursday.
"These practice games were vital in my planning for the Test series," Dav Whatmore, Bangladesh's coach, told BBC Sport. "I was keen to check on the form of a few lads but that has not been possible in this game really."
There are still several selection issues yet to be decided for Bangladesh. In this match they have been without their captain, Habibul Bashar, who was felled by a bouncer in the innings defeat against Sussex at Hove, although he is expected to take his place in the middle order. And Whatmore hinted that the pace bowler, Shadahat Hossain, would be making his Test debut, after being rested for this game.
"We rested a few players for this game because I was concerned about individual tiredness," said Whatmore. "Shahadat might get his chance at Lord's but nothing is decided." In his absence, the paceman, Anwar Hossain, picked up three Northants wickets to advance his claims, although he is unlikely to feature in the Tests.
Northamptonshire 1 Thomas Huggins, 2 Bilal Shafayat, 3 Robert White, 4 Tim Roberts, 5 Usman Afzaal (capt), 6 Riki Wessels (wk), 7 Matt Friedlander, 8 Andrew White, 9 Charl Pietersen, 10 Richard King, 11 John Wolstenholme.
Bangladesh 1 Javed Omar, 2 Nafees Iqbal, 3 Rajin Saleh, 4 Mohammad Ashraful, 5 Khaled Mashud (capt, wk), 6 Aftab Ahmed, 7 Mushfiqur Rahim, 8 Mohammad Rafique, 9 Enamul Haque jnr, 10 Anwar Hossain, 11 Tapash Baisya.
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