West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 October 15, 2012

'Not taking Bangladesh lightly' - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies opener Chris Gayle has said that he wouldn't take anything for granted in his team's upcoming tour of Bangladesh. Even though West Indies have lost only an ODI and a Twenty20 each in Bangladesh, he described the hosts as "dangerous at home".

The left-hand batsman was named in the 15-man Test squad which will arrive in Dhaka on November 3 to play two Tests. West Indies will also play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international.

"It is going to be a very challenging [series]. We know how dangerous Bangladesh can be at home. It's not a team where you want to go there and take lightly," said Gayle. "You've got to be mindful of the conditions and try and add up as quickly as possible and settle as much and whenever you get a chance, just try and maintain it and take it from there."

Upon making his return to Test cricket, Gayle averaged 80 against New Zealand which includes a 150 in his comeback innings. He has played four Tests against Bangladesh so far, in 2002 and 2004, and has an average of 69.40.

West Indies have toured Bangladesh for full series twice, in 2002 and 2011. Gayle wasn't in the teams during last year's tour and as a result it had brought the teams closer. But the likes of Marlon Samuels, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo and Devendra Bishoo starred in the 1-0 and 2-1 wins in the Test and ODI series.

"Most of the guys have been there before in Test series and in ODIs so most of the guys have experience, so it should be an interesting series," added Gayle.

Denesh Ramdin also toured Bangladesh in October last year, but played only in the ODI series and the solitary T20I. Carlton Baugh was the preferred wicketkeeper in the Tests, but Ramdin, since making a comeback earlier this year, has scored a century against England.

He has been named the vice-captain for the Bangladesh series, and is keen to take the opportunity after scoring 18 runs in the two Tests against New Zealand recently.

"It (the tour of Bangladesh) is an important one for me. I did not get [many] runs against New Zealand in the home series, and I would like to go out there and capitalise [on the opportunity]. I was there last year but I did not get the opportunity to play, so hopefully I can play this time and get some runs up there," he said.

The wicketkeeper, who is yet to play a Test against Bangladesh, added that the team has the momentum after winning the World Twenty20 earlier this month in Sri Lanka. "All the players (on the West Indies team) are on a high, and hopefully we can keep the momentum going and take that into the (pre-tour) camp in two weeks time, go up there and beat the home team," Ramdin said.

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  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Against Bangladesh this bowling attack should be good enough but Sammy has been underperforming with his bowling average & strike rate for the 2012 season almost twice his stats for last year. How much longer can we afford to keep him as a part of a four man attack at the expense of more promising talents like Johnson, Permaul, Gabriel, Bishoo, Shillingford, Pascal even Andre Russell. Mayb we could try Sammy as Keeper as his batting has improved slightly while Baugh & Ramdin have been going nowhere fast in that department. He could b a much reduced incarnation of Adam Gilchrist not as good with either the bat or the gloves but can hit the ball just as well or better. If that doesnt send a message 2 Ramdin that he needs 2 do some serious work then nothing will

  • Dave on October 17, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @switchit, i totally agree with you, plus since Sammy is already captain, the only way to balance the side is to leave Deonarine out and have Sammy bat @ 6 or 7, so with the squad selected my 11 would definately be 1.Gayle, 2.Powell, 3.D.M. Bravo, 4.Samuels, 5.Chanderpaul, 6.Sammy, 7.Ramdin, 8.Permual, 9.Roach, 10.Rampaul, 11.Narine

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Very prudent of Gayle for acknowledging The Tigers(Bangladesh) in that fashion. But that's not their only kernel. The Tigers, the Guardians of the Sunderbans are not only parlous or dangerous in their abode, they're also parlous anywhere in the World. But for obvious reasons, they're way more stronger in their abode. I wouldn't amass the Statistics and neither would I take into account. Because I know from now on, statistics won't matter when any adversary comes across with our Tigers. The tigers used to be cubs before, but now they've become Alpha Males.They've proved it time in and time out, that they have what it takes to be amongst the greats. The Tigers would take out their wrath fused with despondence and the pursuit of retribution on the Carabbean hunters. It may not take long for the hunters to become prey! The Hunters will certainly not want to dwindle on the receiving end of the Tigers' wrath. Which is why, they will need reinforcements to withstand the Tigers' incursions.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    For Bangladesh and West Indies fans for the coming series, here are the official dates of the schedule. West Indies will be arriving on November 3 with the 1st Test match beginning on 13 November in Dhaka. The second Test match will begin in 21 November in Khulna. The 1sts ODI will begin in 30 November in Khulna and the 5th and final ODI will be in 8 December Dhaka. One-off T20 will be held in the same venue on 10 December.

  • Karthik on October 16, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Good WI team but I would have included Devon Thomas for Ramdin on the back of some good performances in the couple of ODIs vs NZ and the series vs India A. Batting looks good as we have Gayle, DM Bravo (good series last year vs BD), Samuels and Chanderpaul in the top 5. Bowling looks good too with Roach, Rampaul and Narine. I would back Permaul as he just had a fantastic series with bat & ball in BD. Sammy has done a decent job but needs to step up to shut everyone up & must make full use of this opportunity and bat at 6 or 7. As far as Ramdin in a test XI, I still feel that he is the best keeper in WI but that's not enoughg & has to score runs. We definitely have enough beef in the batting to play 5 batsman, a keeper (as I explained what Ramdin is) and 5 bowlers (of which Sammy & Permaul are decent with the bat to contribute some important runs). My XI in batting order: Powell, Gayle, DM Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Sammy, Permaul, Rampaul, Roach, Narine

  • Masnoon on October 16, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Its high time that we should introduce the youngsters in the national team, especially the recent starts from the under-19 squad. Have seen Akram Khan, often saying that they are not thinking of making too many changes in the team but its quite a fallible logic to play the same underachievers when the team is not performing. Besides, this type of attitude can also make the players complacent which is the last thing a team would want!

  • Salem on October 16, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    West Indies no doubt are favourites to win all these series but lets just hope for Cricketing sake a great contest lies between both teams.

  • Sami on October 16, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - But who are you to say Bangladesh don't belong at this level or something mate? They had full status for only 12 years whereas the other teams well over 50 years some like India, West Indies, New Zealand and the three big teams well over 80 years so that's why Bangladesh are not as strong. Also are you even aware Bangladesh have one of the best Under-19 records? huh? Just look at the amount of top players that are retiring from the other teams now and no Bangladeshi play is even close to retirement. Also are you better than these Bangladeshi players my good friend? cheers :D

  • Satish on October 16, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Selecting WI team now is rather simple. Gayle, Powell, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Ramdin, Permaul, Sammy, Narine, Roach. Permaul is a good all rounder and deserves his slot. Plus, he is the only additional spinner in the squad. If you don't play atleast two main spinners in B, its a crime.

  • Niles on October 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @Ras10 stop calling for sarwan he is washed up i would much rather nash than sarwan

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