Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh ODI abandoned

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

The first in a series of five one-day internationals between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh was abandoned today.

Bulawayo: The first in a series of five one-day internationals between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh was abandoned today after thunderstorms swamped Bulawayo's Queens Sports Club ground. Umpires Neil Mallender and Ian Robinson examined the soaking and muddy outfield before calling the match off. The state of the ground also puts the second match, scheduled tomorrow, in doubt. Grounds superintendent Noel Peck questioned whether it could recover even with a day's sunshine. Thick clouds were moving across the city. Bulawayo has experienced one of the wettest two-week periods for many years. The district's usual problem is drought, being close to Botswana's Kalahari desert. However, the matches are scheduled in the middle of the annual rainy season. Only one and a half days of the second Test played in Bulawayo was possible last week and it ended in an inevitable draw. The Bangladesh tour moves to Harare early next week where the last three one-day matches are scheduled. Meanwhile, in the absence of cricket, the Bangladesh players are to visit a wildlife ranch. (AP)
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