West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12 October 5, 2011

Richardson promises 'exciting brand of cricket'

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies will produce an exciting brand of cricket on their tour of Bangladesh, team manager Richie Richardson has said. West Indies play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 on the tour, which begins with a warm-up game on October 7 in Fatullah.

"Bangladesh can be a tough side especially playing at home in favourable conditions," Richardson said on his team's arrival in Dhaka, after a one-week preparatory camp at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai. "They are a force to be reckoned with and have some good players in their team. But we believe we can beat them. Our players are in good form and we are really looking forward to the upcoming series. I believe you will see an exciting brand of cricket from the West Indies team over the coming weeks.

"We expect a very competitive tour here in Bangladesh. We don't expect it to be easy, but we know we have the players with the skills to come here and be successful and beat Bangladesh. We have done our homework. We will be ready for whatever combinations we come up against, be it spin or seam or pace."

Bangladesh beat a depleted West Indies side the last time the two teams played a Test series, in 2009. It was a historic series win for Bangladesh - their first overseas. West Indies were missing several of their senior players due to a stand-off with their cricket board. When the two teams met in this year's World Cup, Bangladesh were humbled after being shot out for 58.

"That result was uplifting for us," Richardson said. "When we arrived in Dhaka there was a lot of hype for that match and to win the way we did, dismissing Bangladesh in double figures, was a huge boost for the team. We played exceptionally well and that is the way we would like to play every game. We will draw on performances like that as we look to quickly get acclimatised to the foreign conditions.

"We have some good young cricketers in our squad as well as some experienced players who have done well for the West Indies over the years so this tour is a good opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills in the coming matches."

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  • PATRICK on October 7, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance No I don't think it makes more sense. Frankly, if 4 specialist bowlers cannot take 20 wickets with say 2 part-time bowlers then they are just not good enough. The concept works maybe in 20/20 or ODIs but not Tests. Even England who has the most formidable batting lineup plays only 4 specialist bowlers in Tests. There needs to be depth in the batting. Even if Sammy and the bowlers were to contribute, a specialist batsman is the one who anchors the innings. And they are not just making up the numbers, there are 6 batsmen (and the WK) who with the proper mindset and application, can produce. We can only live in hope though. Go Windies!

  • giovaughn on October 7, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    @ PaddyRasta I understand what you are saying but dont you think it makes more sense to strenghten the bowling than to play a batsman just to make up the 11 players on the team?

  • giovaughn on October 7, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @ Raghav Karthik that sounds like a very complicated plan lol but it is true that recently our 4 day competition has been woefully inadequate at producing top quality cricketers. to improve the quality of players we expose to international cricket we could arrange A team tours to the weaker teams in International cricket. this would be beneficial in that they would be exposed to Spin & reverse swing in Pakistan Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Bangladesh as well as conventional swing in Ireland Netherlands Scotland etc. I am sure the Pakistani's would be grateful to us for touring as they have not seen International cricket in Pakistan for a long while. maybe this would even encourage ICC to restart to International tours there. Also Ireland have the ambition to step up to test cricket. i am especially sure the PCB & Irish cricket board would look into this seriously if WICB had the vision to suggest it.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @VivGilchrist and PaddyRasta I would say have the 4 big teams Guyana,T&T,Barbados and Jamaica,a Combined Islands Team with all the small islands and an A Team from Australia,India,South Africa or England with all these teams playing each other twice in a round robin format with a final,like the Sheffield Shield.Select the best players from the 5 Regional Sides to form a West Indies A and send that team to play Duleep Trophy in India,would be happy to have them here.Also encourage these players to play Shield Cricket,Provincial Cricket and County Cricket in the off-season.But one point I would make here is we can all give suggestions but the WI administration is useless.Windies Cricket really needs a reboot.

  • PATRICK on October 7, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    @VivGilchrist This is what I have been saying for a long time. They have recently brought in an England Lions team which can give each team 12 matches plus for the top 4 teams they should also have a semi and a grand final. There are 7 teams, T&T, Jam, Barbados, Windward Is, Leeward I, Combined Colleges and Campuses and England Lions. Surely 6 1st class matches does not prepare (particularly batsmen) for the 5 day game. More matches will really show who is consistent over the season as well and give batsmen more time in the middle under playing conditions.

  • Basil on October 7, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    More first-class games need to be played so the players can improve and be hardened. The comp should return to a traditional 6 nation comp, where the best 66 players in the region are playing against eachother. Each team play eachother twice (home and away) with a final between the two top teams. Pretty much like the Sheffield Shield comp in Aus. This gives a minimum 10 fc games per team per season. The current season is too short and has too many teams which therefore dilutes the talent.

  • Hollis on October 7, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Committed , yes I agree. But committed to what ? Money or Action ?? I do not have a problem with committed individuals. This goes without saying, but if you are not performing consistently and our results are not positive, then move to the siide,whether you are coach, player or administrator. Also payments, must be linked to excellent performance / results. There must be a clear selection policy and discipline policy with all criteria clearly communicated to players and their respective cricket Boards. The problem too is some of these guys are reaching this level and their basic skills are sadly lacking,

  • PATRICK on October 7, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    @gottalovetheraindance Apart from the rain affected Tests, when drawn, it is then claimed as a victory for Sammy and Co e.g. the Sri Lankan series, WI struggle to make 250 (even 200) in most innings. There is no guarantee with 5 bowlers than WI will skittle the opposition out cheaply, but far too often the top order batsmen fail as well as the lower order (who are not really batsmen). The batting really isn't being given the chance to develop with the few 6 to 8 matches played in the WICB 4 day comp - this really needs to be double this as this is the highest level of the regional game. This hardly prepares players, particularly batsmen, for the rigours of the 5 day game and hence the step up to Test cricket unfortunately is too much for most of the current crop of batsmen.

  • Basil on October 6, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @PaddyRasta, I hear what you are saying. WI either need someone like Shane Watson, a genuine batting all-rounder to be the 5th bowler and bat in the top 6, or a Sangakarra, a genuine keeper that is good enough to bat top 6, allowing a genuine no7 like Dwayne Bravo or Dwayne Smith ( or even Khan on a spinning pitch) to play the 5th bowler. Problem is, Does anybody fit the bill?

  • giovaughn on October 6, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    If Roach is in the team that will help to reduce Sammy & Bishoo's bowling spells. Sammy tended to overbowl himself & Bishoo due to lack of options against India causing them to leak plenty runs as they tired. A more relaxed captain just might drop less catches, make more runs and make better tactical decisons reducin the Major flaws Sammy has been displaying recently. With 5 bowlers we can take ten wickets for less runs in a shorter space of time giving us more time to bat. The senior batsmen who are more battle hardened have been replaced by youngsters who are struggling to perform. they tend to throw their wickets away very cheaply whereas recently Roach has been trying to bat for as long as he can. i dont see them sticking around in tough batting conditions as Roach did when he helped chanderpaul add the runs we needed to beat pakistan in Guyana. I think we are better off adding variety to our bowling than playing batsmen willy nilly without adding real depth to the batting.

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