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West Indies and Bangladesh begin a two-Test collection on Wednesday.
NORTH SOUND (AFP) – West Indies and Bangladesh begin a two-Test collection on Wednesday with the hosts anticipated to proceed the development of greener, bouncier pitches and a tempo assault searching for to place the guests on the again foot from the outset.
Having dropped beneath the Bangladeshis within the Take a look at rankings to quantity 9, there may be extra incentive for Jason Holder s workforce to win the collection which begins in Antigua and transfer again as much as quantity eight on the expense of their Asian opponents.
With the second Take a look at to comply with at Sabina Park in Jamaica every week later, the vacationers would have famous rigorously the standard of the taking part in surfaces for the simply-concluded three-Take a look at collection towards Sri Lanka, which ended on a bowler-pleasant pitch at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The Sri Lankans fought again to attain a collection-levelling 4-wicket win, the primary time a day/night time Take a look at was performed within the Caribbean and the primary time workforce from Asia had ever received a Take a look at match at that famed venue.
With out ace seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who continues to be recovering from a toe damage, Bangladesh lack the firepower to match what the West Indies are anticipated to unleash over the 2 matches.
Shannon Gabriel, who topped all bowlers within the Sri Lanka collection with 20 wickets, together with a document-breaking 13 within the second match in St Lucia, will spearhead a tempo line-up that may even embrace Holder, who took 9 wickets within the defeat at Bridgetown, and the skilled Kemar Roach.
Whereas Devendra Bishoo will once more fill the position of specialist spinner, it’s felt that each one-rounder Keemo Paul will get the nod over the incumbent Miguel Cummins for the fourth and last seamer s spot.
In distinction, Bangladesh are counting on the expertise of Rubel Hossain to problem what has confirmed to be a really susceptible West Indies high-order batting. It stays to be seen if the uncapped Abu Jayed is given the chance to share the brand new ball in circumstances which can really be encouraging for the 24-year-previous.
There isn’t any doubt although that the Bangladeshis principal bowling power at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium will relaxation within the spin division within the form of captain and all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, off-break bowler Mehidy Hasan and off-spinning all-rounder Mahmudullah.
Shakib and Mahmudullah are amongst six gamers of the current Bangladesh squad with joyful recollections of their first go to to this a part of the cricketing world in 2009 after they dominated the Assessments and One-Day Internationals towards a West Indies workforce severely depleted by a standoff between the premier gamers and the regional directors.
Their final go to to the Caribbean although, in 2014, was an enormous disappointment because the workforce led by Mushfiqur Rahim was no match for a full-power residence facet.
This tour, which additionally incorporates three ODI s and three T20 s, due to this fact represents a possibility to indicate on international fields if they’ve actually made significant progress after what has typically been an extended and attempting apprenticeship on the high degree of worldwide cricket.
Former captain Rahim, now relieved of wicketkeeping tasks, and opener Tamim Iqbal signify the fulcrum of the Bangladesh batting alongside with Shakib and Mahmudullah.
For the West Indies, the recall of opening batsman Devon Smith after three years off the worldwide scene for the Sri Lanka collection proved a failure and he’s anticipated to make approach within the last eleven for the primary Take a look at for Shimron Hetmyer to return on the quantity three spot. Kieran Powell is more likely to transfer again as much as open the batting with vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite.
After they had been routed for simply 93 within the second innings in Barbados – their lowest-ever Take a look at innings complete at Kensington – the West Indies batting stays a supply of main concern and might be uncovered but once more by a diversified Bangladesh assault that comes into this collection assured that they’ve the standard to curb the Caribbean batsmen.
Whether or not their very own batsmen can cope successfully with the West Indies tempo battery is more likely to be the crucial issue over the 2 matches.
Groups: West Indies (possible) – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.
Bangladesh (possible) – Shakib al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Liton Das (wicketkeeper), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Abu Jayed.