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

Spin test awaits West Indies


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.


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


"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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  • PATRICK 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!

  • PATRICK 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • shameem 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!!

  • Dar 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2011, 8:03 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Bishoo will be the factor

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