Afghanistan, Bangladesh share trophy after rain washes out T20I tri-series final
Shakib al Hasan and Rashid Khan with the Tri-Nation T20I Tournament trophy. (@BCBtigers)
- The final of the T20I tri-series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Dhaka was abandoned
- The trophy was shared between the two teams after the wash-out
- Bangladesh got a hand on the trophy of a Twenty20 tournament involving more than two teams for the first time
The final of the T20I tri-series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Dhaka was abandoned without a single ball being bowled due to incessant rain on Tuesday. The trophy was shared between the two teams after the wash-out.
It means hosts Bangladesh got a hand on the trophy of a Twenty20 tournament involving more than two teams for the first time in their history.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan had reached to the final after winning three and two games respectively in the round-robin phase of the tournament.
MATCH ABANDONEDICC (@ICC) September 24, 2019
Persistent rainfall means the final of the tri-series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan has been abandoned.
The trophy will be shared between the two sides! pic.twitter.com/n38p9SSNDo
Due to constant rain, the toss also didn't take place. At around 8.50 PM local time, the rain relented a bit, but by then it was quite clear that the groundsmen didn't have enough time on their hands to get the ground ready before the cut-off time of 9.40 PM. Eventually, the umpires decided to call off the game.
"Disappointing that we didn't get any match today. It was a very important final. We didn't play our best cricket in this tournament but leading up to the final, we played some good cricket. CPL is going to be a good experience for me. I will get some match time before the India series. The India series is very important for us," Bangladesh skipper Shakib al Hasan said.
"The crowd we had today was amazing, we wanted to have a game today. I think, it was incredible performance from the guys so unlucky that we didn't get the match today. I was going to play had there been a game, thanks to the physio. We targeted the Test game, we are famous in T20's but the target of board is to do well in Test matches. So, the Test match victory was very pleasing. We are leaving tonight from Bangladesh. We have our own leagues happening and after that we have a series with West Indies,"
Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz was named player of the tournament for making 133 runs in four innings.
Zimbabwe, who were the other team in the tri-series, bowed out on a high after registering an emphatic seven-wicket win over Rashid Khan’s Afghanistan in the group stage.