Bangladesh, Afghanistan share T20 tri-series trophy as final rained out

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Sports desk, September 24: Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been declared joint champions of the tri-nation T20 series which also involved Zimbabwe as incessant rain has forced the final match in Dhaka to be called off.The announcement came at 9pm on Tuesday, three hours after the toss was scheduled for at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

It is the first time the Tigers have become champions of a Twenty20 International series involving more than two teams.

The sharing of the trophy, however, appears to be frustrating for the hosts who were out to regain pride after conceding loss in the one-off Test and the first match of the T20 series against Afghanistan.

The Afghans, still tournament favourites after two consecutive defeats that ended their record 12th T20I wins in a row, may not be happy as well.

Some of the Bangladesh players started to warm up with football when the rain relented at 8:40pm ahead of a 9:40pm deadline for the match to be called off.

The groundsmen were yet to start work and finally the umpires decided to abandon the match seeing little or no chance of the field being dried even if rain stopped.