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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 20:05 GMT 21:05 UK
Omar kick-starts Bangladesh tour
Tour match, Fenner's, day one of three (stumps): Bangladesh 238-3 v British Universities

Javed Omar
Omar is one of the senior members of the squad
Opener Javed Omar struck a superb ton as Bangladesh's England tour got off to a fine start in a rain-delayed contest with British Universities at Fenner's.

Omar steered the tourists to 238-3 at stumps with an unbeaten on 111, putting on 139 unbroken runs with Mohammad Ashraful (87) for the fourth wicket.

They blazed 147 runs in the evening after rain prevented play before lunch.

Matthew Friedlander (2-37) struck twice as Bangladesh lost three wickets for 25 runs after losing the toss.

Omar and Nafees Iqbal put on 74 for the first wicket before Iqbal fell lbw to a swinging delivery from Sussex bowler Glen Read.

If I bat for 10 or even 12 hours at Lord's and score a century I don't mind
Javed Omar

Shahriar Nafees was then caught at slip off South African Friedlander for a duck, and skipper Habibul Bashar was soon on his way for eight when edging behind.

It was all Banglaesh from that point on, Omar reaching fifty with a magnificent on-driven four and overcoming a painful blow to the groin to strike 18 boundaries in all.

Ashraful was no less impressive, the right-hander hitting the fence 16 times in his 117-ball knock.

Omar, who has been accused of playing slow innings' in the past, said he was more concerned with the fortunes of Bangladesh than of his approach to batting.

"It is not important what other people think, it is important for me and the team that I play within my limitations," said Omar.

"If I get out and my team loses that is no good.

"If I bat for 10 or even 12 hours at Lord's and score a century I don't mind.

"I will like that if my team benefits. I have batted for a whole day before and it makes me happy to carry the innings."




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