Zimbabwe’s hopes of winning the Micromax One-Day Cup went up in smoke after heavy overnight rains on Thursday led to yesterday’s fourth match of the five-match series being called off without a ball bowled at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium.
The match referee Chris Broad called the match off at 12:40 local time after the final inspection with both captains revealed the ground conditions were unplayable, which meant that Zimbabwe now have no chance of winning the series as they trail the hosts 2-1 with only one match left.
The scheduled 9am toss was postponed to midday after the inspection. The organisers hoped that the conditions would have improved, however the overcast conditions from the morning meant there were no improvements when the ground inspection finally took place.
Some areas on the pitch were still waterlogged and Broad was left with no choice but to call off the match.
Zimbabwe were hoping to put the disappointment of the last two matches in Dhaka behind them by levelling the series ahead of tomorrow’s match but all their hopes were dealt a heavy blow.
However national pride will still be at stake for Zimbabwe in the fifth and final match which will be held at the same venue tomorrow.
The Allan Butcher-coached side will have an opportunity to level the series.
In an interview at the match venue after the cancellation of the match, Butcher said although they were disappointed that the match had been called off, they would continue working hard ahead of the final match on Sunday.
“Obviously the guys are disappointed because they had worked hard over the last three days to try and correct the things they had done wrong in the previous two games. We had come up with a strategy that we hoped would be successful in allowing us to post the score we wanted but all that has come to naught.
“The fact that we now can’t win the series is also disappointing because we still had a chance of winning the series. The best hope is now to draw which would be an achievement considering what happened last year (Zimbabwe lost 4-1),” said Butcher.