West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 November 6, 2012

'Pitches in Bangladesh will suit us' - Ramdin

ESPNcricinfo staff

Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, believes that the presence of two attacking spinners in their line-up on pitches similar to the ones in the Caribbean will give West Indies useful attacking options in the two-Test series which begins in Dhaka on November 13.

"The pitches here are similar to a lot of pitches back in the Caribbean. Slow and the ball spins a bit," Ramdin said. "It will be to our advantage with Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul, who's on debut. If we go into the Test with two spinners, we'll have to try and bowl them out."

This is West Indies' third full tour to Bangladesh, having won the Test series in 2002 and 2011. On the first occasion, a four-man pace attack was enough to see off the hosts who were only in their third year of playing Test cricket. Last year, Fidel Edwards hurried the batsmen throughout the series but in the crucial second innings of the second Test, legspinner Devendra Bishoo took a five-for to finish off Bangladesh. This time West Indies not only have Narine and Permaul, but also the likes of Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine.

"It is a good pitch at the stadium here [Mirpur, the venue of the first Test]. The bowlers will give us the wickets, Sunil Narine will be playing here for the first time. The pitches here will assist him and hopefully he'll continue where he left off against New Zealand," Ramdin said.

The tourists, who arrived on Monday morning, will hold their first training session on Wednesday. They play a three-day practice match against the BCB XI from Thursday at the BKSP ground - West Indies' first longer-format match in three months. However, unseasonal rain threatens the start of the game.

"We have to take the batting practice in the three-day game and adapt to the conditions. I believe the guys have the capability of playing long innings. All of us have to go out there and express ourselves and get runs for the team," he said.

"We would like to win the series 2-0, but it all depends on the weather and how the practice game goes."

Ramdin mentioned that his finger injury, suffered while batting in a three-day practice match against Sagicor High Performance Centre on October 31, is healing after seven days of rehabilitation.

The West Indies team has had a good year and after noticeable performances against Australia at home and in England, they beat New Zealand 2-0 in the Test series at home. The return of players like Chris Gayle has also added potency to the once fragile top order and with the recent win in the World Twenty20, expectations run high.

"It is very important that we keep that momentum going," he said. "We have played a lot of one-dayers and T20s in the past three months. It is very important that we start well. We have a number of good players back in the team like Chris Gayle, who scored a century against New Zealand.

"Marlon Samuels did well, so did Sunil Narine. The experienced guys like Shiv Chanderpaul are here, hopefully these guys can give us the impetus to do well in the series."

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  • Hasib on November 8, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Watch out for Enamul Haque Jr., Naeem Islam, & Nasir Hussain in the test series.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    when is devendra bishoo coming back

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    i only hope darren bravo applys himself , we all know what ability he has he has to start performing consistantly and now is a good time to start.

  • Faisal on November 7, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Narine has a great chance to show his ability as well as bangladesh to show how well they can do in longer version of cricket. I think oneday series is gonna exciting, but in test series Bangladesh are far behind as they played their last test 10 month ago. I think BCB should look after it............

  • associate cricket fan on November 7, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    clearly bangladesh has no chance against WI in ODIs, due to the new rule. Even with 5 fielders outside the circle WI batsmen easily clearly boundary ropes. Now with 4 fielders, it gives West indies to really go after the bowling.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster...You're forgetting the SRI-NEW test series as well so literally 4 test series at an instance I wonder when was the last time that happened simultaneously?

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Seriously shocked that this is the first test series for Bangladesh this year whereas their opponents West Indies will be playing their 4th. I just hope when they play Zimbabwe early next year their test series will be raised to 3 instead of 2 as both these weaker teams need as much Cricket as possible.

  • Jay on November 6, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Three CLOSE series coming up this winter: ENG vs IND, SA vs AUS, and WI vs BAN. I honestly feel BD have to really play well to be competitive against a decent WI team. The WI have many key players back in their line up so that should encourage them in conditions that closely resemble back home in the Caribbean. BD on the other hand will have a lot to prove; they have been in test cricket for the last 12 years and haven't done anything of substance. It's time for Bangladeshi cricket to move forward. They should stop depending on Shakib and Tamim all the time. This series could provide a nice opportunity for BD to see how well their youngsters can cope. Either team should not make the mistake of underestimating the other side.

  • Sami on November 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    I still predict a drawn (1:1) series but a good contest from both sides. Last year test series was actually closer than we first thought.

  • Sami on November 6, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    If Anamul Haque or Mominul does well in practice match against Windies then they have to play simple as that. Its now or never! don't let the talent go to waste and even if they did struggle in their first outing so be, they just learn from it and come back stronger.

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