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October 11, 2003, 11:12 AM
The practice match will start on 10 in the morning Dhaka time - IF there is no rain.
October 11, 2003, 11:17 AM
Will Cricinfo provide live coverage? The match will be in Bangabandhu stadium - so it is very much possible to provide live scorecard.
October 11, 2003, 12:41 PM
It Should have started by now. Any news Fahmida Apu?
October 11, 2003, 12:49 PM
11 more hours to go. Cann't wait, right? Me too.
October 11, 2003, 01:14 PM
11 hours...O god thats a long time. Ya you got it right Chinaman bhai 'cant wait'.
October 11, 2003, 01:20 PM
We are not getting cricinfo coverage like the practice matches in Australia. The only non-live coverage in that series was the Darwin game against northern territory. How do we know the progress of the upcoming practice match? :-/
October 11, 2003, 03:06 PM
How is the weather in Dhaka now? Will the match go on?
October 11, 2003, 03:49 PM
forcast says partly cloudy, but nor rain :)
October 11, 2003, 05:58 PM
The BBC might provide covarage, as England's playing.
October 11, 2003, 09:56 PM
Has the match started yet?
October 11, 2003, 09:59 PM
It starts at BD time 10 am.
October 11, 2003, 10:52 PM
England made to wait
Tour match, Dhaka. BCB President's XI v England.
Pitch inspection at 0600 BST
Rain has delayed the start of England's Bangladesh tour opener against a BCB President's XI.
Organisers had been hoping to get the game under way on time following heavy deluges in the last 48 hours.
But the outfields were still saturated at 0430 BST and a pitch inspection is now planned for 0600, with no play taking place before lunch.
Martin Saggers features in a bowler-heavy England line-up for the tourists' first warm-up match.
Among those to miss out were batsmen Nasser Hussain and Paul Collingwood and seamer Richard Johnson.
England, on their first tour of Bangladesh, have been starved of outdoor practice due to continued rain.
As days of wet weather marred on-field practice sessions, they have been forced to travel 90 minutes through teeming traffic for indoor nets.
Spinner Ashley Giles is hoping to strike form after finding it tough to take wickets in the home Test series against South Africa.
"People always say you don't enjoy the good times without a few tears, but I would rather it was good all the time," said Giles.
"I wouldn't say it's focussed me even more, but I certainly look forward to coming back to the sub-continent and the challenge again of bowling a lot of overs and having that bit of responsibility when I have to take some wickets."
Giles can point to previous successes in the region.
He claimed 17 wickets to help England claim an historic series win in Pakistan three winters ago.
Bangladeshi opener Hannan Sarker is likely to lead the home side although their team has not been announced.
England play another three-day match against the Bangladesh A side starting on 16 October, before the first Test begins in Dhaka on 21 October.
I'm not going to belt it around the ground like Freddie does but I can hopefully get a few more fifties --- Giles on his batting hopes
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