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12:00 AM, October 23, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 23, 2011

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Fidel says sorry to Nafees

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards (R) shakes hands with his victim Shahriar Nafees yesterday, a day after hitting the Bangladesh batsman on the nose with a bouncer. Photo: STAR

The subplot of the first Test so far has been Shahriar Nafees getting struck on the nose by Fidel Edwards on the first day. Yesterday, the two met near the players' entrance to the ground where the Barbados-born fast bowler enquired after Nafees's well-being after having publicly apologised for the incident.
“I am sorry it happened. It is part of cricket, I wish him the best and hope he can come back and he'll continue batting,” said the soft-spoken Edwards while speaking to the reporters in front of the pavilion at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
“I probably broke a couple of fingers already. I never hit anyone to [make them] bleed before,” he informed without much glee but a timid smile.
The hit on Nafees was the only success for Edwards on Friday as he went wicketless.
From watching the last ODI here, I expected it to be slow. The ball wasn't doing much, not swinging or any movement. You have to wait and hope for reverse swing. You have to bowl one side of the wicket which I didn't do that well,” he said.
The left-handed Nafees, who remained unbeaten on 21, said that he's now ready to bat and apart from the indentation caused by the delivery that bounced more than he expected, there is hardly any pain.
“The ball hit the helmet, and the grill slammed into my nose. I got scared due to the bleeding but there is no break.
The swelling is 80 per cent gone and there's no pain since yesterday [Friday],” he said. “The only problem was that the swollen nose was interrupting my vision but that is fixed as well.”

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