The Bangladesh team bus departed the Hyatt Regency and headed towards Edgbaston at around 12:10pm yesterday, where the team would have its first full practice session since their last World Cup game against Afghanistan. The departure was delayed by 10 minutes because bowling coach Courtney Walsh was talking to the media. Five minutes after the bus left, however, all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin was seen standing in front of the main entrance, looking forlornly at his departed ride.
He disappeared inside, evidently to call a taxi, which he boarded presently and was off for practice. Apart from paying the taxi fare, Saifuddin’s tardiness will also cost him because he will have to pay a fine in accordance with team disciplinary rules.
“He was late,” Bangladesh media manager Rabeed Imam told The Daily Star. “We did not wait for him. The departure was late anyway because Walsh was talking to the media. He will have to pay a fine.”
The media manager was not sure how much the fine would be, but it is expected to be around the 100-pound mark. A costly few extra minutes of sleep indeed.