England players go back to school
It is one of the sad parts of modern touring that cricketers don't often have much of an opportunity to get to know the places where they are visiting.
Partly this is because of modern scheduling , where most of the time players only get to see airports and cricket grounds as fixtures are packed together as tightly as possible, and partly of course because of concerns about security.
Since 2006 the England cricket team have been involved with a campaign called "Cricket against hunger" working alongside the United Nations World Food Programme. It aims to highlight the work being done across the world to help improve particularly the lives of young people.
Eleven members of England's touring team were at the primary school firstly to help distribute nourishing biscuits provided by the World food programme and then to play a special game of cricket against the school children.
I managed to grab a word with England bowler Ryan Sidebottom whilst he was on the outfield during the game and he told me things were not necessarily going England's way. "We're getting smacked everywhere, lots of fours and sixes. I hope things improve for us on the tour!"
Ryan Sidebottom throws a ball to a girl during the visit to the school. (Pic: AFP)
But despite the challenges of the match against the youngsters, Sidebottom said the visit had left a lasting impression on him.
"It's great to be here - very humbling and a real privilege," he explained. "As England cricketers we can sometimes live in our own bubble and be a bit selfish but this is a fantastic occasion, a chance to put smiles on faces. We feel very special, many of us have families and it makes you realise how lucky we are at home."
John Aylieff, the World food programme representative in Bangladesh, gave me an idea of the sort of issues being faced here.
"There are 60m people here who are hungry , that's about the population of the UK. Most of the kids at this school come from slum areas and will at best eat one meal a day," he said.
By giving these biscuits we are at least giving the kids a breakfast and encouraging them into school so they also get an education."
Aylieff says that despite the problems here, he is very impressed with how people are coping.
"They show great resilience and spirit and there's nothing like cricket to help keep spirits high. For many of the kids at this school this cricket match against England will be the highlight of their whole lives. We work with a motivated government here and lots of other agencies and together we are making a huge difference," he explained.
One of those agencies is the UK aid programme and its Bangladesh head Chris Austin, a keen cricket fan himself, was also at the school. "In Bangladesh 50 per cent of the children under five are malnourished," he told me.
"They won't grow properly, they won't learn properly. Plus there is a seasonal problem between rice crops as well as a growing population expected to reach over 200m soon in a country the size of the UK. But Bangladesh can feed itself and has impressive strategies for coping for example with climate change issues. We are just here to help them implement them."
At the end of the match hundreds of the children, who had been cheering enthusiastically on the sidelines, were allowed to run on to the field to get autographs signed by the England players. It was an amazing sight to see for example six-foot plus Stuart Broad towering over dozens of youngsters as they surrounded him on the outfield.
One of the students, Ruhul, who had been involved in the game summed up what the day meant to him. "It's a dream come true to play with these cricket stars - I'll never forget today," he said.
You'll be able to hear my special report on England's visit to the Shere-e-Bangla school during the interval of Tuesday's second one-day international in Dhaka.
We are on the air at 0745 on 5 live sports extra and Radio Four long wave with regular reports over on Five Live and the text commentary of course here at bbc.co.uk/cricket. And you can see more of England's school visit and other pictures from behind the scenes on the TMS Flickr site.