Bangladesh v West Indies, only Twenty20, Mirpur October 10, 2011

Spin test awaits West Indies

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Match Facts

Bangladesh v West Indies, October 11, Mirpur
Start time 1700 (1100GMT)

Big Picture


It's been a tough year for Bangladesh. After convincing home one-day series wins against New Zealand and Zimbabwe last year, which helped them go above West Indies in the ICC one-day international rankings, many expected 2011 to be the year Bangladesh would permanently shed the "minnow" tag. Instead, they failed to make it past the group stages of the World Cup, were thrashed at home by Australia and then lost both the one-off Test and ODI series in Zimbabwe. Their captain and vice-captain were sacked after that tour and it is under Mushfiqur Rahim that they attempt a climb back up the rankings.

In coming up against West Indies, they revisit the moment when it all started going wrong - when they were bowled out for 58 by the same opponents in a crunch World Cup game in Mirpur, a performance that caused their angry fans to aim stones at the team bus, only to hit the visitors' bus instead.

Bangladesh's strength at home is based on the effectiveness of their spinners on slow, turning tracks. West Indies, though, might not find the conditions as alien as sides like New Zealand and Zimbabwe. The pitches in the Caribbean of late have often resembled subcontinent ones, and four of West Indies' batsmen will come to Bangladesh straight from having played for Trinidad & Tobago in the Champions League Twenty20 in India.

West Indies do not have Sunil Narine or Samuel Badree, who were so successful for T&T in Indian conditions, in their squad, but the presence of Devendra Bishoo and Andre Russell, who bowls a good slower ball, means they have an attack that can adapt to the conditions. They established their status as favourites by winning both their practice matches against a strong BCB XI outfit, one through a strong bowling performance and the other through a century from Marlon Samuels.

For Bangladesh, a Twenty20 international is the last way they would want to start a comeback. They have only played 16 in their history and their last T20 win came way back in 2007. For West Indies, Twenty20 represents everything that is right and wrong with their cricket. A shock win in England, and T&T's eye-catching performance in the CLT20 suggest this might actually be the format in which West Indies see most success in the near future.

Spotlight


Mushfiqur Rahim is stepping into the shoes of a man who led from the front. Mushfiqur is as not as outstanding an individual performer as Shakib. He is safe behind the stumps and handy with the bat, but has not won Bangladesh as many games as Shakib has - he has just one hundred in limited-overs internationals. Having been handed the captaincy he will want to contribute more than just cameos down the order and may promote himself.

Marlon Samuels' comeback to international cricket has not really taken off. But in the warm-up Twenty20, he blazed his way to 102 off 56 balls. In the absence of Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo, Samuels is the most experienced player in the West Indies limited-overs squad. This series is an opportunity for him to show he still has the capability to become the world-class batsman he was expected to be when he first arrived on the international scene, way back in 2000.

Team news


Bangladesh have picked the uncapped Elias Sunny in their squad and may want to give him a chance before the one-day series starts. That may mean resting one of Mahmudullah or Nasir Hossain. Alok Kapali and Mohammad Ashraful are the experienced hands in the squad but there may only be place for one in the batting line-up.

Bangldesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Imrul Kayes 3 Naeem Islam 4 Shakib Al Hasan 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk) 6 Alok Kapali 7 Mahmudullah 8 Abdur Razzak 9 Shafiul Islam 10 Elias Sunny/ Nazmul Hossain 11 Rubel Hossain

With several senior players returning, the West Indies side will have a completely different look to the one that upset England at The Oval. They used just one specialist spinner in their XIs for both the practice matches but considering the conditions may play both Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Martin, meaning Kemar Roach could be left out. Kieron Pollard is not eligible to play in T20Is since he did not play the Caribbean T20, so Danza Hyatt will probably occupy a slot in the middle order.

West Indies (probable): 1 Adrian Barath 2 Lendl Simmons 3 Darren Bravo 4 Marlon Samuels 5 Danza Hyatt 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk) 7 Andre Russell 8 Darren Sammy (capt) 9 Ravi Rampaul 10 Devendra Bishoo 11 Anthony Martin/ Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions


Scores at the Shere Bangla Stadium have seen some strange fluctuations this year. This is the same ground where Bangladesh were bowled out for 58 against West Indies and 78 against South Africa during the World Cup. But there have also been scores of 370, by India in the World Cup opener, and 361, by Australia. The low scores were more due to poor batting, though, so the pitch can be expected to provide plenty of runs if the batsmen do not make careless errors.

Stats & Trivia


  • This will be the first Twenty20 international to be played in Bangladesh since 2006. It is the first T20I at the Shere Bangla Stadium
  • Though they have won a Test and one-day series in the West Indies, Bangladesh have never won an international match against West Indies at home

Quotes


"I believe we can win the series. West Indies are a good outfit. We have to play well to beat them."
Bangladesh coach Stuart Law is confident ahead of the series.

"Their attack is full of spinners and we have a good mix of pace and spin. It will be the spin of Bangladesh versus the pace of West Indies."
Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, is aware what each side's strength is.

Dustin Silgardo is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • PaddyRasta on October 11, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    @simonviller There is real irony in your statement "If Sammy were to be given South Africa , Australia, England or India as captain ,he would have looked a genius." None of those teams would pick a player to be captain first then player next. Their captains perform consistently in their specialism. Is Sammy really one of the 4 best bowlers? I'll leave you to argue that one. BTW, I do not have a problem with his captaincy, just that he keeps potentially better bowlers out of the team but he will have to do for now. Go Windies!

  • PaddyRasta on October 11, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @ Ivor Henry Don't know if you noticed, but there are actually 4 East Indians in the team. Why bring race into it? Are you suggesting to drop say Bishoo and Rampaul? BTW I am not Indian but of mixed race and frankly do not care the colour of skin as long as they are committed and giving 100%. And Drupatie, half the team already from T&T. What more yuh want?

  • on October 11, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    @Akash: Probably, either Super Sports 6 or NEO Sports may telecast it in India. Bangladesh needs a win after big shuffling in Bangladesh side to keep persistent in overall improving though somewhat snail pace. I am expecting a good game of course.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on October 11, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    BD fans -- you are too optimistic! Feel sorry for you guys -- our cricket board and selectors are very inefficient and corrupt. I've got it correct last month -- so I'm very realistic now -- hope to see some realistic comments in future from the fans. Best of luck tigers! Cheers!!

  • DarindaUK on October 11, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I believe that WI are a stronger team in T20, so Tigers should play freely with full hearted committment, regardless of losing the game. Tamim should start firing in the opening 6 overs and put up the maximum. The rest will follow. I hope the Tigers play to win and not feel intimidated by the WI. Long as the Tigers don't give too many runs in 1 over, e.g. 15+, then there's a chance for them. Good Luck Tigers. @AKASH AGARWAL - I'm hoping to watch it on CRICTIME.COM, which provide good streaming.

  • on October 11, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    You'd think that WI started the slide since Otis and Sammy joined the team. We were asking for discipline and commitment ( only in words) from our players. Now that we have it we are saying that the disciplinarian has to go. Maybe, to please the T&T fans, oh, what the heck, we can't please them. Let them rant

  • on October 11, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    can anyone please tell me on which channel will the match be broadcast in India??

  • on October 11, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I hope Mushfiq will do batter the shakib. Becose his captensi knowladge is batter then shakib. All the best Mushfiq. Hope Shakib also now can play batter then befor. becose now he dont fill any pressur on him. Best of luck Mushfiq and best of bangladesh.

  • Shibli_Saleheen on October 11, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    I think it would be very tough for little 'Mushi' to get everything right in a game of cricket with all his emotions! I don't like to see any other captain crying after a close defeat like Khaled Mahmud.

  • on October 11, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Bishoo will be the factor

  • PaddyRasta on October 11, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    @simonviller There is real irony in your statement "If Sammy were to be given South Africa , Australia, England or India as captain ,he would have looked a genius." None of those teams would pick a player to be captain first then player next. Their captains perform consistently in their specialism. Is Sammy really one of the 4 best bowlers? I'll leave you to argue that one. BTW, I do not have a problem with his captaincy, just that he keeps potentially better bowlers out of the team but he will have to do for now. Go Windies!

  • PaddyRasta on October 11, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @ Ivor Henry Don't know if you noticed, but there are actually 4 East Indians in the team. Why bring race into it? Are you suggesting to drop say Bishoo and Rampaul? BTW I am not Indian but of mixed race and frankly do not care the colour of skin as long as they are committed and giving 100%. And Drupatie, half the team already from T&T. What more yuh want?

  • on October 11, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    @Akash: Probably, either Super Sports 6 or NEO Sports may telecast it in India. Bangladesh needs a win after big shuffling in Bangladesh side to keep persistent in overall improving though somewhat snail pace. I am expecting a good game of course.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on October 11, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    BD fans -- you are too optimistic! Feel sorry for you guys -- our cricket board and selectors are very inefficient and corrupt. I've got it correct last month -- so I'm very realistic now -- hope to see some realistic comments in future from the fans. Best of luck tigers! Cheers!!

  • DarindaUK on October 11, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    I believe that WI are a stronger team in T20, so Tigers should play freely with full hearted committment, regardless of losing the game. Tamim should start firing in the opening 6 overs and put up the maximum. The rest will follow. I hope the Tigers play to win and not feel intimidated by the WI. Long as the Tigers don't give too many runs in 1 over, e.g. 15+, then there's a chance for them. Good Luck Tigers. @AKASH AGARWAL - I'm hoping to watch it on CRICTIME.COM, which provide good streaming.

  • on October 11, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    You'd think that WI started the slide since Otis and Sammy joined the team. We were asking for discipline and commitment ( only in words) from our players. Now that we have it we are saying that the disciplinarian has to go. Maybe, to please the T&T fans, oh, what the heck, we can't please them. Let them rant

  • on October 11, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    can anyone please tell me on which channel will the match be broadcast in India??

  • on October 11, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I hope Mushfiq will do batter the shakib. Becose his captensi knowladge is batter then shakib. All the best Mushfiq. Hope Shakib also now can play batter then befor. becose now he dont fill any pressur on him. Best of luck Mushfiq and best of bangladesh.

  • Shibli_Saleheen on October 11, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    I think it would be very tough for little 'Mushi' to get everything right in a game of cricket with all his emotions! I don't like to see any other captain crying after a close defeat like Khaled Mahmud.

  • on October 11, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Bishoo will be the factor

  • on October 11, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Too many bad minded T&T supporters are allowed to bad mouth West Indies team in this forum. West Indies were at their best without East Indians and Whitemen playing for us. Good luck Windies!

  • on October 11, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    ottis should go we dont want him

  • simonviller on October 11, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    All those who think that Ois Gibson must go and that the so-called big guns be brought back , should think again . West Indies have been a collection of players with individual talents ,but not a well structured team . For too long we accepted mediocrity from coaching , openning batting and bowling ,to passion for the game while representing W.I . I see the present administration as doing the right thing in choosing the players who will bring these qualities to the team ...As for Sammy, what ca I say ; you guys just don't like the man . If Sammy were to be given South Africa , Australia, England or India as captain ,he would have looked a genius .

  • on October 11, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Ottis needs to go. Gayle, Chanderpaul and Sarwan need to be added to the team otherwise, WI will have no success. Also pick the guys from T&T...they are the best.

  • Rezwan1492 on October 11, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    The reason Bangladesh faces ups and down is because they are still in the discovery age, whereas others are progressing. There are no fixed team, and no pressure on the players. They are subbing down 2/3 players every match which destroys the morale and team chemistry completely. It should set a team that will continue its play. Yes there will be changes when a series is won or lead, when experimentation won't result in any loss...

  • on October 11, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Good luck Bangladesh! To batsman>>Don't be afraid against West Indies pace.

  • King6 on October 11, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    It is time WIBC the world get with the times. Do they not understand what is going on world wide with 20/20 cricket. Here is a rule that keeps Pollard, one of the most valuable 20/20 player in the world on the bench. A rule that would hurt the progress of West Indies Cricket. We need the best team on the field. Who gave Pollard permission to play 20/20 cricket for a club team while 20/20 was going on in the Caribbean? The answer - WIBC. Who got a good cut from the deal - WIBC? Who is now saying he is not eligible? WIBC. It makes no sense. 30/30 is here to stay. WIBC needs to realize that and adjust.

  • Silloh on October 11, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    West Indies have the potential of winning and I wish the team well. We currently have so many talented players and as such these guys know that non performance and poor attitude could contribute to them being dropped. This unlike past times will certainly make a huge difference on the field and I expect the WI team to win.

  • asuras on October 11, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    whats wrong with the WI board? they have players who wouldnt cut it anywhere else. they need to bring in the big guns from IPL & T&T team. this is the team that should be on the filed - please feel free to disagree: why shouldnt the board pick them, just coz they wanted to make money? whats wrong with that? how much is the board going to pay them? there are 3 formats, & each format should have 3 different teams with only a few players in all 3. this way the players arent burnt out & can also earn a living...and the board should resign.

    Gayle simmons darren bravo samuels pollard ramdin copper sunil narine badree rampaul sammy

  • Meety on October 11, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    The first T20 in about 5 yrs is pretty amazing! Either poor efforts of the Board or ICC!

  • chesumsne on October 11, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Gibson has instilled discipline in the WI squad and this is now the groundwork from which the cricketers (those who are truly committed) can develop their skills. Ramdin will hopefully be groomed to soon replace Sammy and as such return balance to the playing 11...meaning that they can now pick four specialist bowlers. Samuels being able to bowl will now add that missing second spin option. Russel should hopefully develop into a reliable pace-bowling allrounder. The second opener is still a concern (Barath being first choice); this might vary depending on the format- Simmons for limited overs, someone else for tests. Braithwaite still has technical aspects to work on- his technique leaves much to be desired. Sarwan and Nash may find it difficult to return to the squad. Fast bowlers of choice would be Rampaul/ F Edwards/ Roach/ Taylor. Middle order: Darren Bravo, Chanders, Samuels, K Edwards/ Hyatt. Ramdin is always first choice Keeper.

  • on October 11, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    they will destroyed..... bd sucks.......its sad how my fave team cant play, but it is somewhat entertaining to see them play bad

  • on October 11, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    They key really is how well the West Indian batsmen play the Bangladeshi spinners. WI pacers will intimidate the Bangladesh top order for sure...they're pretty light on competence in playing the fast moving ball....and Ravi Rampaul has made even the best of t20 batsmen shake during the CL

  • cricfan77 on October 10, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    Under Ottis Gibson the WI team is slowly starting to improve and garner the points they need to to move up the rankings, something they could not have done under Lara,Gayle,Chanderpaul etc with a so called full strength squad, this team is looking more disciplined and has a better work ethic than any other WI in the last 15 yrs. WINDIES WILL RISE AGAIN - Cricfan77

  • on October 10, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    why is this situation still happening in west indies cricket? Gayle is in the form of his life! Both Dwayne Bravo and Pollard continue to show their standards. It is high time the ICC, or CARICOM or some form of governing body scraps the WICB and start from scratch.

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    OTIS GIBSON IS WRONG FOR WEST INDIES CRICKED. UNDER GIBSON, OUR TEAM IS LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL CRICKET TEAM. GIBSON MUST GO.

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    WICB SAID THEIR POLICY IS THAT U HAVE TO PLAY THE WI DOMESTIC T20 AND ODI TO BE SELECTED FOR WI TEAM. POLLARD DID NOT PLAY THE T20 DOMESTIC COMPETITION, DID HE?

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I am of the firm belief that if Otis Gibson was W I coach long ago our cricket would have been much stronger . As a new coach he has made some very bold decisions that where long overdue .

  • VEXXZ on October 10, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Its about time that the WICB realize that SAMMY is not the man for all three versions of the game as Captain . I see the recall of RAMDIN as the future replacement for SAMMY and Brathwaite as his deputy in the TEST matches .

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Thrash the windies...it's revenge time of 58....

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Otis Gibson ......must go.

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    if tamim, nafees, ashraful, shakib clicks then its jux a childs play 4 the tigers to beat a gayle-pollard less side...

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    before the zim tour..i said that..bd is going to loose the series..on cricinfo..now this tym against wi....bd is going to be thrashed black n blue..am a bd fan forever..so it is painful for me to see this..anywayz i wud be the happiest person if bd prove me wrong.

  • on October 10, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    WICB XI vs Bangladesh, the ppl who run WI cricket are little men who refuse to field a full WI team.

  • on October 10, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    BD should imitate what they showed against windies in 2007 t20 world cup. ash , once again storm'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

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  • on October 10, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    BD should imitate what they showed against windies in 2007 t20 world cup. ash , once again storm'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

  • on October 10, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    WICB XI vs Bangladesh, the ppl who run WI cricket are little men who refuse to field a full WI team.

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    before the zim tour..i said that..bd is going to loose the series..on cricinfo..now this tym against wi....bd is going to be thrashed black n blue..am a bd fan forever..so it is painful for me to see this..anywayz i wud be the happiest person if bd prove me wrong.

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    if tamim, nafees, ashraful, shakib clicks then its jux a childs play 4 the tigers to beat a gayle-pollard less side...

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Otis Gibson ......must go.

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Thrash the windies...it's revenge time of 58....

  • VEXXZ on October 10, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Its about time that the WICB realize that SAMMY is not the man for all three versions of the game as Captain . I see the recall of RAMDIN as the future replacement for SAMMY and Brathwaite as his deputy in the TEST matches .

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    I am of the firm belief that if Otis Gibson was W I coach long ago our cricket would have been much stronger . As a new coach he has made some very bold decisions that where long overdue .

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    WICB SAID THEIR POLICY IS THAT U HAVE TO PLAY THE WI DOMESTIC T20 AND ODI TO BE SELECTED FOR WI TEAM. POLLARD DID NOT PLAY THE T20 DOMESTIC COMPETITION, DID HE?

  • on October 10, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    OTIS GIBSON IS WRONG FOR WEST INDIES CRICKED. UNDER GIBSON, OUR TEAM IS LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL CRICKET TEAM. GIBSON MUST GO.