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Last Updated: Monday, 23 May, 2005, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Curry battle adds spice to series
Curry
One Biri-Harmi coming up

Indian restaurants in the north-east of England are battling it out to create a winning dish for the Bangladesh cricket team.

The competition is being held ahead of the second Test between England and the tourists at Durham next month - and is already currying favour with local chefs.

Daraz Aziz, one of Newcastle's top Bangladesh restaurateurs said: "I am passionate about curry and this is whetting my appetite for my country's first ever Test match here in Durham.

"It certainly promises to be a red-hot competition!"

Rules state the dishes must be coloured green or red - the colour of the Bangladesh cricket team - and must be given a name relating to the two-match series.

For instance, you might want to reward England's top all-rounder with a Chicken Jal-Freddie, or how about a Lamb Ashra-Phaal in honour of Bangladesh's fiery young batsman, Mohammed Ashraful?

Alternatively, tuck into a Vegetable Biri-Harmi or, if you fancy something a little easier on the tonsils, there's always the classic Vaughan To Be Mild.

Well, you get the idea.

The winner of the Npower contest will be choosen by a judging panel including Mike Gatting - who you suspect is no stranger to his local curry house.

This is the man who, when bowled by Shane Warne's 'ball of the century', supposedly prompted Graham Gooch to say: "I bet he wouldn't have missed it if it was a cheese sandwich!"


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