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BPL: Rain washes out Friday double-header

After a two-day gap, the tournament will move to Sylhet, where dry weather is forecast

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
04-Feb-2022
The match between Sylhet Sunrisers and Fortune Barishal was abandoned due to rain, Sylhet Sunrisers vs Fortune Barishal, BPL 2021-22, Mirpur, February 4, 2022

Wet weather ensured there was no play in either of Friday's matches  •  BCB

Both BPL matches on Friday were abandoned due to rain, without a ball being bowled. After the Sylhet Sunrisers-Fortune Barishal match was called off at 3:52pm, the Comilla Victorians-Minister Group Dhaka game was also declared abandoned at 8:40pm.
All four teams got one point each, which leaves Barishal with nine points from six games, Comilla with nine from seven, Dhaka on seven from seven and Sylhet on three from six. All the teams had arrived at the Shere Bangla National Stadium and even got on the field to warm up only for rain to begin shortly before the scheduled toss of the first match.
Barishal, Dhaka and Comilla would rue the washouts, having got in their groove over recent matches in Chattogram. The Shakib Al Hasan-inspired Barishal side had shaken off their early troubles to win their last three games, after winning only one of their first three matches.
Comilla's overseas signings Sunil Narine and Moeen Ali have joined the squad, giving them a stronger look. Dhaka have impressed during the BPL's Chattogram leg too.
Sylhet, however, will have welcomed the one point, having lost four of their first five matches. Despite Nazmul Islam returning in their last match, Khulna routed them by nine wickets. They even handed debuts to left-arm quick Sheraz Ahmed, the first UAE player in the BPL, and legspinner Jubair Hossain, but to no avail.
The BPL will take a break for the next two days, before reconvening in Sylhet for the first time this season. The good news is that the weather forecast is of mostly dry days in the eastern city.
Sylhet will host three matchdays before the BPL returns to Dhaka until its conclusion on February 18.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84