Australia’s only practice match ahead of the two-match test series against Bangladesh has been cancelled after heavy rain left the Fatullah cricket stadium pitch waterlogged.
The tourists had been scheduled to play a two-day practice match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI from Tuesday before the first test in Dhaka begins on Aug. 27.
“We’ve decided to not do the tour game now which is a shame for both sides, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been fantastic trying to get a game,” Australia head coach Darren Lehmann told reporters on Monday.
“The amount of rain they’ve had can’t be helped… It’s a shame we’re not playing but we’ve got great facilities here.”
The BCB had reportedly proposed alternative venues but Australian team management rejected them for logistical reasons.