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Windies need to put it together against Tigers today
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament ended in controversy on the weekend in St Kitts in which players vented their feelings. The Guyana Amazon Warriors felt they were cheated out of a chance at winning the title that was captured by the Barbados Tridents. Nevertheless, the tournament, which featured mainly West Indies, has ended with the champions going on to represent the region at the Champions League, in India, next month.
Players from both teams are team-mates on the West Indies squad that opens the Dhaka Bank Cup contest against Bangladesh with a 50 overs clash at Queen’s Park in Grenada, starting at 9.30 am. Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, was not involved in the CPL finals, as his team T&T Red Steel finished fourth. He will have to marshall his troops for a single cause, which is West Indies.
Bravo has now won three out of seven ODIs this year, and 11 out of 25, since he took over from Darren Sammy. Bravo, himself, has been the team’s best batsman and bowler this year, averaging 93.50 and taking 12 wickets in seven ODIs. However, apart from Lendl Simmons, none of the other batsmen have even crossed 200 runs this year, while none have reached double-figures in the wickets column apart from left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, who has taken ten wickets.
After the loss against New Zealand in the recent Test series in the Caribbean, the West Indies cannot afford to slip up against a team that is ranked below them in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. The loss of coach Ottis Gibson will mean a realignment in approach and Bravo will be hoping to start off the three-match series with a win, that would ease any tension.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, are not the happiest cricket team in the world at the moment. They are in their favourite destination but in 2014, they have only drawn one Test against Sri Lanka and won two T20s, against Nepal and Afghanistan. They have a losing streak to break in one-day cricket, their favourite format, and several players including Tamim Iqbal are out of form.
On top of everything for the visitors is the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, due to a six-month suspension. The only solace in this case is that they beat West Indies 3–2 in 2012 without Shakib.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Chris Gayle, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain.
1st ODI: West Indies vs Bangladesh, St George’s,
today (09:30 local | 13:30 GMT)
2nd ODI: West Indies vs Bangladesh at St George’s,
tomorrow (09:30 local | 13:30 GMT)
3rd ODI: West Indies vs Bangladesh at Basseterre,
Monday (14:30 local | 18:30 GMT)
Only T20I: West Indies vs Bangladesh at Basseterre,
Tuesday(18:30 local | 22:30 GMT)
1st Test: West Indies vs Bangladesh at Kingstown
September 5-9 (10:00 local | 14:00 GMT)