Fidel checks in on injured Nafees

Chittagong, Bangladesh - West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards made it his business to check up on Bangladesh batsman Shahriar Nafees, who was struck in the face on the opening day of the first Test.

The left-handed Nafees tried to hook a quick short ball from Edwards and was late on the stroke. The ball smashed the grill of his helmet and caused bruising above his right eye.

The two players met near the players’ entrance to the ground where Edwards enquired after Nafees’s well-being. The second and third days’ play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium have been lost due to rain.

“I wanted to see how he was doing. On the field we are opponent but off the field we get along quite well. It is part of cricket, I wish him the best and hope he can come back and he’ll be able continue batting,” said Edwards.

The 29-year-old pacer, who took 141 wickets in 46 matches before this, said the pitch was quite slow and he did not get the swing he expected.

“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.

Sat, 10/22/2011 - 21:14