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October 7, 2003, 11:05 PM

England captain Michael Vaughan, centre, with Marcus Trescothick, left, and Ashley Giles leave a Heathrow Airport hotel, in London, Tuesday Oct. 7, 2003, on the start of their Winter tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. (AP Photo / PA, Rebecca Naden)

October 7, 2003, 11:10 PM

Kirtley says he developed as a player and a person in Bangladesh (BBC)

October 7, 2003, 11:11 PM

Saggers is one of the best bowlers on the county circuit (BBC)

October 7, 2003, 11:14 PM

Duncan Fletcher announces his decision to extend his contract as England coach Getty Images

October 7, 2003, 11:19 PM

Andrew Flintoff, staying inside.

October 7, 2003, 11:25 PM
The England team should be in Dhaka by now. How I wish I was there too.

October 8, 2003, 01:47 AM
The First Test might be a rain-affected match. The 2 3-day practice matches also might not finish without the interruption of rain.

October 8, 2003, 02:16 AM
I'm hopeful about the First Test which is still 13 days away. But the practice matches might be rain affected like you said and that will be a real pity. I'm really looking forward to the practice games.

October 8, 2003, 02:49 AM
I feel sorry for Vaughan ever since he dropped Matthew Hayden in the first game of the Ashes and the whole crowd were making fun of him. But he's a hell of a cricketer and makes a fine captian

October 8, 2003, 02:51 AM
AAGH 884 posts...wtf happened? Delete a forum?

October 8, 2003, 03:19 AM
Looks like we have all lost some posts.

Carte Blanche
October 8, 2003, 05:40 AM
They look more like school-goers in the first picture. But I love those back-packs. Actually I like any merchandise with VodaFone logo on it. Time for me to hit E-Bay for some more stuff marked with VodaFone. I Have couple of Yorkshire one day T-shirt's. Unfortunately, that sellar on E-bay increased the prices of some the stuff now.

Carte Blanche
October 8, 2003, 05:41 AM
And yes, Man United Beckham jerseys too. But I stopped wearing them after he quit Man U. :(

October 8, 2003, 03:00 PM

Wicket-keeper Chris Read

October 8, 2003, 03:02 PM

Nasser Hussain

October 8, 2003, 03:06 PM

More grounding experience for the Britons await in Bangladesh.

October 8, 2003, 03:09 PM
Chris Read is the wicket Keeper...

did Alec stewart finally decide to go into retirement?

October 8, 2003, 03:10 PM
Stewart retired at the end of the Test series against South Africa. The two wicketkeepers in the England side are Chris Read of Nottinghamshire and Geraint Jones of Kent.

October 8, 2003, 03:12 PM
Yaaaay!!! and abt time too.... man he has been at it for so long...


October 9, 2003, 01:46 AM

Thursday October 9, 06:47 AM
England cricket team captain Michael Vaughan smiles upon arrival at Dhaka's Zia International Airport on Wednesday AFP/Farjana K.

October 9, 2003, 10:40 AM

Michael Vaugahn, Nasser Hussain and Rikki Clarke after training

October 9, 2003, 11:05 AM
that's a funny pic with the tholas in the background pretending to provide security. and that indoor training center looks like a large grain silo! of course the funniest part of the pic are the skinny english legs - those boys need to stock up on some khichuri and bhuna gosht while it's raining...

October 9, 2003, 12:13 PM

WELCOME HERE: England cricketers Nasser Hussain (L), Graham Thorpe (2nd from R) and Paul Collingwood sit inside the VIP Lounge of the Zia International Airport after their arrival yesterday morning. Photo: STAR

October 9, 2003, 03:33 PM

Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison lead the high-steppers

October 9, 2003, 03:34 PM

Batsman Graham Thorpe tries to loosen up a stiff neck

October 9, 2003, 03:34 PM

New wicket-keeper Geraint Jones wins a flexibility test hands down

October 9, 2003, 03:35 PM

Back indoors Matthew Hoggard puts the squeeze on new assistant coach Mike Watksinon

October 9, 2003, 03:36 PM

Duncan Fletcher tries not to notice Michael Vaughan's bad hair moment

October 9, 2003, 03:39 PM

A local porter struggles with England's kit at Dhaka airport ahead of the team's cricket tour of Bangladesh

October 9, 2003, 04:31 PM

TIGER MEETS LION! Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore (L) and his England counterpart Duncan Fletcher have a chat during their teams' practice sessions at the BKSP yesterday. Photo: STAR

October 9, 2003, 05:32 PM
These two are the two best coaches in the world along with Woolmer.

October 9, 2003, 11:10 PM
Hey man!
don't forget Ausi coach Buchanan.

October 9, 2003, 11:36 PM
I don't think there is anything extra special about John Buchanan. If I coached Australia, they would still be the best side in the world. I mean think about it man, does that team need much coaching? I was looking at their top 7 yesterday, 5 of them have averages above 50 and the other two have averages above 45! Thats clearly ridiculous!

October 10, 2003, 08:17 AM
Originally posted by Kana-Baba
Hey man!
don't forget Ausi coach Buchanan.

ushi coach have not any work for Australia because Australia(I think)need not any coach right now because of their form.


October 10, 2003, 09:50 AM

England players squelch across the sodden turf in Dhaka, October 10, 2003

October 10, 2003, 10:22 AM
squelch, indeed.

what's the word on practise matches - are they on or cancelled? who is going to play in that #5 slot - durdanto batsman Musfiq Babu na ki deshbondhu Sujon? I am having sleepless nights at the prospect?

October 10, 2003, 05:51 PM
Sports Reporter

The England team could not go to the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) yesterday morning for training as planned as their police escort arrived late.

The policemen were supposed to be at the team's hotel by 9 am. But they eventually came at 10:45 am.

Because of the delay, the England team management decided against travelling to the BKSP.

Instead, they went to the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in the afternoon and had some physical exercises.

Bangladesh Cricket Board's law and order committee secretary Faizur Rahman Mitu said that the delay in turning up was caused by the sudden death in the morning of a driver of one of the police vehicles.

Source: Daily Star (http://www.thedailystar.net/2003/10/11/d31011040836.htm)

October 10, 2003, 07:31 PM
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is playing down expectations as his improved side prepare for their forthcoming Test series against England.

Creditable performances against Australia and Pakistan in recent months have lifted hopes among the country's cricket-loving public that they can finally break their Test duck.
Bangladesh were one wicket away from beating Pakistan on their last outing in Multan only for Inzamam-ul-Haq to deny the visitors with a match-winning century in his home town.

Whatmore's appointment in June appears to have rejuvenated the side but the former World Cup-winning Sri Lanka coach is not getting above himself.

"We still haven't got a win so we're not going to get carried away with anything," stressed Whatmore.

"Along the way there have been some good positives. There is a real desire to do well and be competitive on the fourth or fifth day of a Test match, which is something which is reasonably new to the group.

"We are also now bowling the opposition out and we're not waiting for a declaration. That can happen again, but for the moment we're seeing a nice little progression but we're not getting carried away with it.

"There are a lot of people in this country who are happy, but I'm not happy. I'm trying to keep expectations as realistic as possible because there are 140million people here and it's pretty much cricket crazy and they want something to feel good about and they are feeling good about the way the cricket has gone in the last few months."

Unlike many of the his fellow national coaches, who are nearly all under pressure to deliver, Whatmore at least has the benefit of starting from a level he could only improve after Bangladesh lost 15 of their first 21 Tests by an innings.

Since appointing Whatmore however, they performed creditably but the Australian is not naive enough to believe Bangladesh have turned the corner.

"This is not a quick fix," he added. "We're not particularly concerned about whoever we play but what I'm concerned about is getting these guys to increase their levels of performance.

"We've agreed on that right from the start and there's no reason to deviate from it all. Whoever we play we will respect them and we are yet to score a point in the Test match cricket table so whoever we play we are the underdogs - I don't mind losing, I don't give a damn about losing but I'm always interested in how we lose."

Source (http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/031010/203/eas27.html)

October 10, 2003, 07:33 PM

Friday October 10, 06:27 AM
The absence of Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson from England team for the Bangladesh tour is a "big loss", coach Duncan Fletcher said here ahead of the two-Test and three one-day series between England and Bangladesh AFP/Farjana K.

October 11, 2003, 09:28 AM

Bangladesh kids play cricket wherever they can find space (BBC)

October 11, 2003, 09:34 AM
England today gave a major hint towards their thinking for the first Test after overlooking all-rounder Paul Collingwood for the opening match of their Bangladesh tour against a BCB President's XI tomorrow.

Collingwood, awarded a 12-month central contract in September, was one of three players overlooked for the first of only two three-day matches which form the build-up to the opening Test in Dhaka on October 21.

Instead of selecting the Durham all-rounder, England opted for Surrey's Rikki Clarke with his bowling expected to provide more penetration on the slow wickets while Richard Johnson and reserve wicketkeeper Geraint Jones were the other two members of the squad overlooked.

The tourists have been given permission by the BCB President's XI to field all 12 players selected, which includes the shock choice of Kent seamer Martin Saggers, to give as many people as possible match practice before the start of the two-match Test series.

England team to face BCB President's XI on Sunday: MP Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt), ME Trescothick (Somerset), MA Butcher (Surrey), GP Thorpe (Surrey), R Clarke (Surrey), CMW Read (Nottinghamshire, wkt), GJ Batty (Worcestershire), AF Giles (Warwickshire), SJ Harmison (Durham), MJ Hoggard (Yorkshire), MJ Saggers (Kent).

Source (http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/031011/203/eaujq.html)

October 11, 2003, 09:38 AM
Coach Whatmore warns Bangladesh not to be taken lightly.

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has warned that his team should not be taken lightly for the upcoming Test series against England starting here on October 21.

"Our team is capable of playing well in a five-day match and we showed it in Pakistan," said Whatmore. "We are not expecting to win and have a long way to go, but are capable of a few surprises."

Bangladesh last month came within one wicket of winning the third and final match of a Test series against Pakistan in the Pakistan town of Multan and the coach felt that anything was possible in the upcoming series.

"Nothing is impossible," said Whatmore. "The team has been playing well but we also realise that expectations are rising. My job is to improve the overall performance of the side and I am working towards it."

Bangladesh have lost 23 of their 24 Tests since gaining Test status in 2000, salvaging their lone draw in a truncated match against Zimbabwe.

They have also not won a one-day international since shocking Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England.

Michael-Vaughan led England are without all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and seamer James Anderson, who are, however, expected to join the team for a three-match one-day series to follow the two Tests at Dhaka and Chittagong.

England's first practice game starts on Sunday, when they take on a Bangladesh Board President's XI in a three-day match here.

Source (http://uk.sports.yahoo.com/031011/323/eaufm.html)

October 11, 2003, 01:32 PM
England need the bowling practice before the test matches. I wonder who is going to strike first. Harmison or Giles. i would bet on Harmison as the man. This is not a test line up we will expect later.

October 11, 2003, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by chinaman

Bangladesh kids play cricket wherever they can find space (BBC)

Wow, great picture, great moment. Left handed batsman. We need more of these kids.

October 11, 2003, 02:57 PM

Ashley Giles finally has a practice session in Dhaka, England v Bangladesh, 2003

October 11, 2003, 07:37 PM

Chris Read - and friends - experience the congestion in Dhaka
Getty Images

October 11, 2003, 07:38 PM

Michael Vaughan heads for the - indoor - nets in Dhaka, October 10, 2003 (Getty)

October 11, 2003, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by nasif
Originally posted by chinaman

Bangladesh kids play cricket wherever they can find space (BBC)

Wow, great picture, great moment. Left handed batsman. We need more of these kids.

Kids?? slip right side of the wk looks like a 45 years old man.

the picture however is beautiful. I was gonna use it for my avatar but since nasif mentioned its aestheticism first, I am not gonna do that :) silly but ah well!

I think it's father and sons bonding! Beauty at max if that's the case!

[Edited on 12-10-2003 by Orpheus]

October 11, 2003, 09:37 PM
Michael Vaughan (capt.)
Marcus Trescothick
Mark Butcher
Graham Thorpe
Rikki Clarke
Chris Read (wkt)
Gareth Batty
Ashley Giles
Matthew Hoggard
Martin Saggers and
Steve Harmison

October 12, 2003, 01:59 AM
Originally posted by Orpheus
Originally posted by nasif
Originally posted by chinaman

Bangladesh kids play cricket wherever they can find space (BBC)

Wow, great picture, great moment. Left handed batsman. We need more of these kids.

Kids?? slip right side of the wk looks like a 45 years old man.

the picture however is beautiful. I was gonna use it for my avatar but since nasif mentioned its aestheticism first, I am not gonna do that :) silly but ah well!

I think it's father and sons bonding! Beauty at max if that's the case!

[Edited on 12-10-2003 by Orpheus]

Orphie tomar khocha na diley peter bhat hojom hoy na? ;)

I was referring to the batsman who is a real kid. I know the slip guys are older. Orphie trying to be too smart eh... :D :D

October 13, 2003, 10:35 AM

Former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain speaks to the media in London before departing on the team's tour of Bangladesh, October, 7, 2003. England will face Bangladesh in two test matches and three one-day internationals. REUTERS/David Bebber