Australia have cancelled the only warm-up match of their two-Test tour of Bangladesh due to poor conditions at the ground in Fatullah.
The two-day match was to start on Tuesday, had been in doubt since heavy rain partially flooded part of the field. The Bangladesh Cricket Board offered alternative venues but the Australians were reluctant to change at the last minute due to security concerns.
“The BCB has been fantastic trying to get us the game. The amount of rain hasn’t helped,” Darren Lehman told reporters in Dhaka. “We looked at various facilities around Dhaka. We feel for the people of Bangladesh with the amount of rain they have had. There are a lot of people in this country struggling because of the rain. So the thoughts are with them.”
Australia have not toured Bangladesh since 2006. They were due to play two Tests in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled over security fears after attacks by terrorists.
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