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Tigers take field sans Mashra

unnamed (12)Bangladesh national cricket team will play their first warm-up match ahead of ICC Champions Trophy in England when they take on Duke of Norfolk XI today.
Regular skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza will miss the game at Arundel Castle Cricket Club as he returned to Dhaka to be with his ailing wife. 
‘We understand that there has been a family emergency which he has to attend to. He has taken a leave from the camp in Sussex and has already left London for Dhaka,’ BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said in a statement on Sunday. 
The BCB statement did not mention when Mashrafee could possibly be joining back to the squad though officials said he would return to England on May 4 depending on the condition of his wife Sumona Mashrafee. 
‘We are expecting him to return back on May 4,’ said BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus.
The sudden exit of Mashrafee left the Tigers somewhat in an awkward situation as they are currently also without their vice-captain Sakib al Hasan, who is warming the bench of Kolkata Knight Riders at the Indian Premier League. 
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said he was not sure who would lead the team in the warm-up match in the absence of Mashrafee and Sakib. 
‘It could be any senior player,’ said Minhajul. Probably Mushfiq [Mushfiqur Rahim] or Tamim [Iqbal] will lead the team,’ he said. 
The match is a 50-over-a-side contest starting at 4pm Bangladesh time and the hosts were expecting it to be good clash and they were preparing them accordingly.
Arundel has traditionally been the cricket ground where touring teams play their opening fixture in England.
Chris Adams, who will lead the side, holds the record for the highest individual score in a One Day game at the ground. 
He struck 163 for Sussex against Middlesex in 1999 and he was looking forward to getting back out in the middle today. 
‘Bangladesh is seriously good side now and some exceptional players,’ the 46-year old Adams, who played five Tests and five ODIs for England from 1998-2000, told in club’s website.
‘They have come over around for the tour with the Champions Trophy round the corner.
‘I expect them to use it as an opportunity to get some time in the middle but also play as near to hundred percent possibly if they can,’ said Adams.
‘It will be very difficult game and I am seriously looking forward to have it a go,’ he said.
The presence of Richard Halsall in the management is also an added advantage for Tigers, according to Adams as he is aware of the condition.
‘He knows fair bit English condition too,’ said Adams, adding ‘He has been with the England team under various coaches like Andy Flower and Peter Moores and surely it will help them,’ he said.

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