When the gamers lastly take the Shere Bangla Nationwide Stadium’s inexperienced, it’ll finish Bangladesh’s nine-month await worldwide cricket.
The frustration of watching each different workforce play will then give strategy to the same old nerves, pleasure and actuality of taking part in it themselves. As soon as West Indies confirmed that they might be conserving their dedication to tour, following a radical inspection by CWI, it grew to become a countdown for everybody concerned with the Bangladesh workforce.
They may play below a brand new captain, with Tamim Iqbal appointed final March. He has needed to wait by way of the 9 months of postponements, however now he has a full-strength aspect, particularly with Shakib Al Hasan returning to the aspect following his one-year ban. However it’s nearly as if Shakib was by no means sidelined – for failing to report a corrupt method to the authorities – as a result of there was little or no cricket for the house workforce as a result of Covid-19 because the ICC announced the suspension in October 2019.
As a result of strict protocols of the bio-secure bubble, the Bangladesh selectors have picked a squad of 18, together with three newcomers in Shoriful Islam, Mahedi Hasan and Hasan Mahmud.
Tamim has a settled prime and middle-order, with solely the bowling mixture to be decided, however that may rely rather a lot on the circumstances. There would, although, be a whole lot of consideration to these gamers who’ve proven good type and health in two current home competitions, not like the guests who are actually probably the most travelled worldwide workforce throughout the pandemic.
West Indies have performed 5 Assessments and three T20Is within the final 9 months. It has taken a toll on their gamers, with several of them pulling out of this tour. It has resulted of their choice panel scrambling to search out the following greatest gamers, amongst whom they’ve recalled Jason Mohammed, that too as captain, after a two-year hole.
Rovman Powell, the big-hitting middle-order batsman, is their most skilled cricketer within the squad whereas the likes of captain Mohammed, Alzarri Joseph, vice-captain Sunil Ambris and batsman Raymon Reifer have additionally performed this format. However the different 9 cricketers have not performed ODIs.
An extra blow was the last-minute pull-out of quick bowler Romario Shepherd and legspinner Hayden Walsh Jr, who each examined optimistic for Covid-19. Shepherd did not journey with the aspect, being changed by Keon Harding whereas Walsh is at the moment in quarantine on the workforce lodge in Dhaka, awaiting a unfavourable take a look at outcome.
There’s fascinating expertise elsewhere on this squad, together with Joshua da Silva, who made his Check debut in opposition to New Zealand final month. There’s additionally a whole lot of expectations from the likes of quick bowler Chemar Holder, allrounder Kyle Mayers and Akeal Hosein, the left-arm spinner who was instrumental in Trinbago Knight Riders’ CPL triumph final 12 months.
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Liton Das broke Bangladesh’s file for highest particular person rating of their final ODI, in opposition to Zimbabwe in Sylhet, a continuation of his positive type because the 2019 World Cup. Das’ free-flowing batting can be one of many extra anticipated facets of this ODI collection.
Solely Jason Mohammed will know deal with a West Indies workforce within the absence of their main stars since he has finished the job earlier than, in Pakistan. However this time he hasn’t been across the workforce for a very long time both so the problem is multifold for this proficient middle-order batsman.
Hasan Mahmud might make his ODI debut because it appears like he could also be picked forward of Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Shoriful Islam. The opposite place might go both to the allrounder Mahedi Hasan, one other potential debutant, or Taijul Islam if the workforce administration needs a second left-arm spinner within the assault.
Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das, three Najmul Hossain Shanto, four Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Soumya Sarkar, eight Mohammad Saifuddin, 9 Mahedi Hasan/Taijul Islam, 10 Hasan Mahmud, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
West Indies must make not less than 9 adjustments to the aspect that performed their final ODI, in opposition to Sri Lanka. It’s doubtless that their ODI-experienced gamers will get desire. Captain Mohammed is himself returning to the squad after two years so the mixture will rely closely on Phil Simmons’ intuition after seeing 4 days of coaching.
West Indies (potential): 1 Joshua da Silva (wk), 2 Sunil Ambris, three Jason Mohammed (capt), four Andre McCarthy, 5 Raymon Reifer, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Kyle Mayers, eight Nkrumah Bonner, 9 Chemar Holder, 10, Akeal Hosein, 11 Alzarri Joseph
Pitch and circumstances
The final ODI at this venue was two years in the past however Shere Bangla Nationwide Stadium is a busy cricket floor. The common first innings rating of the final 5 Listing-A video games right here is 267 runs, larger than standard at this floor. It’s nonetheless winter in Bangladesh, however the 11:30 am begin would give some consolation to the gamers.
Stats and trivia
- Bangladesh have received their final 5 consecutive ODIs in opposition to West Indies, their third longest successful streak in opposition to a prime aspect. They’ve an opportunity to equal their second greatest streak, the six wins in a row in opposition to New Zealand from 2010 to 2013. Bangladesh’s longest successful streak is 16 matches in opposition to Zimbabwe, which is ongoing since 2014.
- West Indies’ complete ODI caps stands at 105 earlier than the beginning of this collection, with 5 out of their 14 squad members having performed on this format.
“We’ve a strong tempo bowing unit. All of them need to play within the XI, as they’re in good rhythm, having carried out properly not too long ago. The battle amongst them to get into the aspect is an effective factor for the workforce.”
Tamim Iqbal on the six quick bowlers picked within the squad
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84