There were high-fives and congratulations being passed on at the end of the day's play but rather than celebrating a win at the end of a match, it was the umpires who were at the receiving end of words of thankfulness.
Although Mahmudul Hasan Joy's unbeaten hundred eventually rescued the third and final four-dayer for Bangladesh A and secured a draw, their visiting West Indies counterparts clinched the series 1-0 at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s fourth first-class ton starred as Bangladesh A staged a turnaround with the bat in the fourth innings against West Indies A to help the hosts draw the third and final four-day Test at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Bangladesh A were in a state of disarray in Sylhet as they slumped to 157 for seven at the close of the second day in the third four-day game against West Indies A in response to the visitors' first-innings total of 445.
It was right after the Dhaka Premier League triumph for Abahani that Afif Hossain was asked whether he was interested in longer-version cricket given his sudden inclusion as captain of the A team for West Indies A's tour of Bangladesh. "Of course, why wouldn't I be?" came Afif's straightforward reply.
Bangladesh A team lost the second four-day Test against West Indies A by three wickets on the fourth and final day at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground on Friday.
The ongoing three-match four-day series between Bangladesh A and their visiting West Indies counterparts emerged as a good scope for good match preparation for a few in Bangladesh's Test team ahead of the upcoming one-off Test against Afghanistan next month.
The Sylhet International Cricket Stadium is set to host a series of three four-day matches between Bangladesh A and West Indies A, with the first match scheduled to start on May 16, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Monday.
Bangladesh ‘A’ suffered a horrible batting collapse in their four-wicket defeat against West Indies ‘A’ in the first unofficial ODI of the three-match series at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on Tuesday.