Rain plays spoilsport in Cardiff

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Tigers looking to salvage lost pride
Tigers looking to salvage lost pride

Bangladesh missed an opportunity to get better prepared for the forthcoming ICC World Cup when their first official warm-up match against Pakistan was called off due to persistent drizzle in Cardiff on Sunday.
The toss of the match was scheduled to take place at 3:00pm Bangladesh Time but the continuous rainfall delayed proceeding before match officials called off the game three hours later.
The abandonment meant Bangladesh will now get only one match against India on May 28 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff before they start their sixth World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.
The Tigers came into the first warm-up match with high in confidence after their recent success in the tri-series in Ireland where they achieved their maiden multi-team tournament trophy.
Bangladesh then travelled to Leicester for a four-day conditioning camp before they arrived in Cardiff for two warm-up games against Pakistan and India for the final part of their World Cup preparation.
The washed-out game against Pakistan on Sunday confirmed that Bangladesh would now get only one opportunity to look over their team’s current condition before the tournament.
The match against Pakistan was a missed opportunity for the players like Rubel Hossain, who recently declared him fully fit and had been looking for some competitive actions.
Rubel featured in Bangladesh’s warm-up contest against Ireland Wolves but could play only one game during the tri-series where he claimed 1-41 against the hosts in Dublin.
The match could also an opportunity for another pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who is currently having an inconsistent form after coming out of an ankle injury.
Pakistan had their share of frustration as they also missed a decent opportunity to get back in winning way before the World Cup gets underway having remained winless in all their international outings since they arrived in UK.
Pakistan suffered a three-wicket defeat against Afghanistan in their first warm-up match at County Ground, Bristol on Friday and before the game, Pakistan lost their seven matches in England.
They have no warm-up game left meaning the Sarfraz Ahmed-led said would start their World Cup against West Indies on May 31 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham low on confidence owing to their recent battering.

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