West Indies in Bangladesh 2011-12

Richardson promises 'exciting brand of cricket'

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October 5, 2011

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Darren Sammy led West Indies superbly in the field, England v West Indies, 2nd Twenty20, The Oval, September 25, 2011
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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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Posted by PaddyRasta 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!

Posted by gottalovetheraindance 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?

Posted by gottalovetheraindance 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by PaddyRasta 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.

Posted by VivGilchrist 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.

Posted by Silloh 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,

Posted by PaddyRasta 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.

Posted by VivGilchrist 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?

Posted by gottalovetheraindance 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.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

TestIP, you have got to be kidding!! WICB joking about young side and picking old men? Yet your team consists of the OLD players who have been losing for the past how many years? Gayle, Dwayne,Shiv,Sarwan Ramdin Rampaul? Not that I have any problem with any of them being on the team, because I support WI no matter what, but be consistent with your train of thought

Posted by PaddyRasta on (October 6, 2011, 9:41 GMT)

@VivGilchrist Unfortunately Taylor jumped on the Gayle bandwagon and said the wrong things and then Fidel took his chance. I cannot see Taylor being reconsidered unless a couple of bowlers get injured. It's a shame too, because he has also shown that he is no deer in the headlights with the bat. I think in the past you have said pick the best 11, or play an allrounder only if he is truly an allrounder. The batting is lacking so they really need to play 6 specialist batsmen for the Tests and Baugh has not really shown himself to be one of the 6. So that leaves only 4 specialist bowlers. We really need a batsman or 2 who can bowl useful spin. Yes there is obviously the need to take 20 wickets but WI cannot really afford to play 5 bowlers.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (October 6, 2011, 9:23 GMT)

@simonviller I have checked out Sammy's stats. His bowling average took a battering from the ODI series vs India and is now near 45 - pretty average. And Russell who had a good allround ODI series vs India was unlucky to miss out in the Tests. There was just no place for him in the Test team with Sammy there. This said, his test bowling average is better.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2011, 8:28 GMT)

First chuck out WICB and WIPA.Totally reboot Windies Cricket by bringing a new accountable system that can take care of the players and improve the facilities.This is what the legends have been saying all this while.

Posted by simonviller on (October 6, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

To those of you who criticise Sammy's bowling ,just chech out the stats ; or follow the games even when Roach or Edwards is playing in the same match with him and see what you think .

Posted by simonviller on (October 6, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Sammy is not the problem with West Indies cricket ! Ithink that he is doing a fine job as captain . The problem is, as in the past several years ,our batting . We need real opening batsmen to give us solid starts ,like the good teams ;and we also need some of our middle order to be more consistant . I agree he needs to perform better with the bat ,but what about others ? The keeper and the tail enders need to bat also . Look at England and the top teams ,they bat on and on, to the last man !!!! Why can't we ? I hope these youngsters will step up and make us proud , on and off the field ,even if victory eludes us . Lets encourage management to build for the future ,but to raise the age limit to include those outstanding performers throughout region who are now being excluded because of their age .

Posted by VivGilchrist on (October 6, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

I just don't think they have selected the right players. I wouldve taken Imran Khan for the Tests. If then they decide the pitch best suits two spinners, Khan can accompany Bishoo. Both are frontline spinners and because Khan can bat it also strengthens the tail more than a Shillingford will. They will need 2 opening bowlers, 2 spinners, and the mandatory Sammy to take 20 wickets. Rampaul and Edwards are a good pair, Roach is unlucky he sits behind Sammy, and Taylor should be first pick of them all.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

Somehow I really believe that many of those commenting here on this article and on many others were lockedup on a time capsule. Are you telling me that WI have been winning under previous management? While Gayle has been in the team for the past 10 yrs WI has been a winning team? I see more commitment with this team than I have seen in years. Things seem to be on the right path with this management and team. I would love seeing a COMMITTED Gayle in the team. Not a man who thinks he is bigger and better than the individual components that make up the WEST INDIES team. Go WI!!

Posted by redneck on (October 5, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

if west indies embarrass them selves and loose in bangledesh they only have them selves to blame. picking gayle in the form hes in at the moment would be the best thing to happen to the west indies in over a decade! if they had picked him when they had india at home they might well have won not lost the 1st test in kingston. then what would the feeling in the caribbean have been like with a home test win against the then world no.1 team??? we'll never know as the wicb wont wake up and realise their petty grudges and mud slinging only sets the team back and nothing more! gayle should be back as captain and sammy out. sammy might have a great team attitude but this is international cricket please show some skill before excepting a test captain position!!! gayle leads by example, which to me is a lot more valuble than a 110km/h bowler that bats at 8. taking up a spot that could go to edwards or taylor. 2 bowlers that actually have the tallent and skill set required!

Posted by PaddyRasta on (October 5, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

@gottalovetheraindance I think everyone would agree that the issue is not with the bowling but the batting. What you are suggesting is that WI only go in with 5 specialist batsmen. Recipe for disaster. They cannot rely on Sammy to make any runs. In fact none of the lower order either. Sammy being in the team prevents playing a true allrounder. Someone like Russell could become that person but will not be given the chance. Either Roach or Fidel will have to sit on the bench.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

Come on guys, the test side is not that bad. Sammy is a wonderful test bowler as well. I expect us to be beaten badly in the odi's though...Shiv and Sarwan need to be in that squad.

Posted by japo on (October 5, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

Sammy is no Frank Worrell in cricketing ability, not yet anyway, however he is experiencing some of the same vilification and negativity that Frank Worrell underwent from misguided, prejudiced and entitled West Indians who were threatened by their perceived future. The team plays as a disciplined, focused, committed unit under Sammy. The West Indies team of yesteryear played similarly under Jimmy Adams ' captaincy. Tell me, whose performance (when playing as captain) was of more value to the team, Sammy or Adams?(careful now, check your stats). Secondly, Brian Lara the best batsman of his generation, ended up having lost more test matches than any other cricketer in the history of the game, although having a much better supporting cast throughout his playing career than the present Sammy led W.I. team; Because there was a lack of collective strength in those teams. Captaincy is overated; Leadership is not; A leader may lead from anywhere by word or deed; through adversity and success

Posted by TestIP on (October 5, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Are you kidding me? A young WI side. LOL! This is a side composed of pure OLD men. I do not get the WI cricket board and what they are trying to do. Making Darren Sammy captain was a disaster. This guy cannot bat and has no pace to trouble any good batsman. WI team should be Gayle, Bharat, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul and Bishoo (test) and Gayle, Bharat, Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo,Pollard, Ramdin, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul and Bishoo (One Day). I am not sure why the WI management keep pushing the same set of waste. Time for a change. Fire the coach, selectors and management to bring back the old glorous days of WI cricket.

Posted by cricketdebator on (October 5, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

It is always a good policy to criticize contructively. By that I mean, if you are saying that Sammy should not be Captain, then you are expected to go further and name your alternative, and, perhaps it will enlighten us all if you can name someone who has done better as Captain of the team over the past 5 or maybe 10 years.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 16:49 GMT)

West Indies team without Gayle will not be as dominating. Albeit there are Bravo, Roach, Bishoo who are capable of winning matches. However, I don't think WI will find it easier this time as they did during the World Cups. In fact, WI may even struggle against BCB XI/A because that team is pretty strong and even did beat the BD national team. I am certain that the series will be an exciting one because BD has to prove a point after their ZIM debacle that they were the better team and WI wants to get over the discussion on whether they are (or arent) in the same league of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe likes... I hope both proves the point!!

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (October 5, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

the best move is to go with 4 real bowlers plus Sammy. Push Samuels & Sammy up the order. i.e. Samuels & Bharat opening, Edwards 3 , Bravo 4, Shiv 5, Sammy 6, Baugh 7, Rampaul 8, Fidel 9, Roach 10 and Bishoo11. Neither Brathwaite or Keiron Powell are ready for test cricket but with Samuels & Bharat opening that should add some stability to the top order plus you have a left hand & Right hand bat combo that can throw off the Bangladeshi bowlers if they rotate the strike . also Roach & Rampaul open the bowling as Rampaul can take advantage of any early movement while Roach has the Sheer pace that maybe only Tamim Iqbal can handle. Fidel can come later when the ball starts to reverse swing. his pace will be a + as well. Also with Samuels around to reduce Sammy Bowling workload Sammy must step up his game with the bat at # 6 where he can hopefully partner with Chanderpaul in the middle order. Bishoo will also benefit from Samuels help in the spin department.

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (October 5, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

i really hope that Richardson is not over hyping this team because it would be a shame. Personally i am learning to be aloof & expect nothing from West Indies. That way i wont get disappointed. If they do well, its a good surprise. They didn't do too badly in the summer series. What i found sad though was that if we had a captain who was less tactically inept, could score a few runs & not repeatedly drop important catches We could have won both Test & ODI series vs India & Pakistan. I cant understand how in the space of a few weeks Sammy went from cant make the team to Captain in all forms of the game. Although, it's not Sammy's fault he is captain of a side that quite arguably he is not good enough to hold a place in. That would kill the self confidence & affect the performance of most persons. Its only fair that we blame him less & lay more responsibility at the feet of those who remain disillusioned by their own personal agenda's & vendettas. i hope this gets posted.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

I think that Bangladesh shouldn't worry about WI. On last WC it was just an accident because Bangladesh beat England on that WC and England was much much better and stronger than WI. West Indies showed their real ability with Pakistan when they face in Quarter final. Many people said that in Quarter final......if it were not WI, if it were Bangladesh......it would be competitive quarter final. So whatever WI says, Bangladesh shouldn't worry. If Bangladesh play their natural game, they can take WI like they did it last WI tour. Good Luck Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

Sachit 1979, You are perfectly right. Only problem is that the stars on the team need to abide by his decisions and be supportive. None of that going to the washroom or being ticked off because he bats before them, even though he scores 40+

Posted by crazyrocker on (October 5, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

Darren Bravo will be a player to watch.....a slight touch of brian lara in his batting style and his technique can take him long way. I will root for West Indies !!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 13:48 GMT)

sammy is no frank worrel but he tries given his limited ability.we need a captain who can play .he takes up the position of west indies best all rounderwho will not play in the test but only in the limited overs.that is a shame

Posted by   on (October 5, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

All the best westindies.. we need real cricket back from you guys..

Posted by VEXXZ on (October 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

The West Indies batsmen are not up to TEST standard . The shorter version of the game is killing the PURE stroke-play of the" good" players. They will struggle on the SLOW pitches and find it difficult to put big scores on the board .

Posted by Sachit1979 on (October 5, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

@Insbruck I say AMEN for your wish. But Sammy really needs to work his batting and bowling skills. He can't change the fate of Carribean Cricket until he starts leading with example. Incomplete bowling spells and few lofted shots as batsman at the end of the inning are just not enough to lead the side by example though I accept that he is very much vibrant and supportive in the field which is really a positive sign. He needs to sharpen his bowling skills and improve his batting calibre also. He should try himself at number 3 or 4 in few matches to have some bulky scores under his belt as batsman. He also needs to learn bowling off cutters and leg cutters with pace variation like all of his other more successful counterparts (Praveen Kumar, Rusty Theron, Munaf Patel, Jacob Oram etc) who fall within same pace bracket like him and usually bowl in middle of the innings. Then only he would have voice to control 10 others on the field and in pavilion.

Posted by manlid on (October 5, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

I WISH WINDIES ALL D BEST, THEIR BATSMAN NEED TO BE MORE CONSISTENT THO. SAMUELS AND EDWARDS WHO HAS NEW RETAINERS CONTRACT NOW SHUD B MORE AT EASE MENTALLY. I EXPECT BIG THINGS FROM THEM.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (October 5, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

West Indies is definitely on the rise once again. They just need Sammy to be another Frank Worrell though. He has the same easy manner and bats and bowls as well. It is sad that some people write him off as a non performer. But I can assure you that history will see him as the man who brought back the great Carribeans from the dead.And I wish them the very best of luck.

Posted by Yevghenny on (October 5, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

I think some of these young up and coming west indian batsmen should forget about the shortest form of the game, spend a couple of years playing county cricket, worry about the money later on when you've made a name for yourself. You can't play exciting cricket sat in a pavilion

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