Bangladesh has nothing at stake except pride

Published: Monday, February 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Almost out of contention after a severe drubbing in their opening match, Bangladesh would be hoping to restore some pride when they take on Central Zone the Duleep Trophy cricket league match at the Railway cricket ground in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The visitors, only the second international team after England 'A' to participate in the country's premier domestic event, would be hoping to put up a much improved show in the next four days, though a win against their in form opponents look most unlikely.

On the other hand, Central can afford to play for a draw and book their berth in the final to be played at Nagpur from March 8 as they have defeated East Zone in their openingleague encounter at Gwalior.

The hosts would be missing the services of their skipper Mohammad Kaif as he has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Board President XI against Pakistan at Dharmashala in a three-day tour match starting on March 3.

In his absence, all-rounder J P Yadav would lead the team that boasts of the likes of Murali Kartik, Harvinder Singh and others.

The Bangladesh squad arrived in the capital on Sunday morning and held a training session at the Karnail Singh stadium while the Central Zone team members came together only on Monday morning.

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