Bangladesh v West Indies, 1st ODI, Khulna November 29, 2012

Sammy aiming for a whitewash


Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, is eyeing a whitewash in the forthcoming five-match ODI series against Bangladesh which will help the team improve its one-day rankings. But like he had repeatedly said during the recently concluded Test series, beating the home side won't be easy.

"5-0 gives us five ranking points. 4-1 gives us one and 3-2 might lose us ranking points," Sammy said. "I will let the guys know of this but first we will look to win the series. If we play to our potential, it [5-0] is possible. We will take one thing at a time now, tomorrow is the first game of the five-match series."

After the Dhaka Test, Sammy had said that they were able to push for a win because they took the Bangladesh challenge seriously. The situation got a little out of control in the second Test when Bangladesh put up a decent first innings total, thanks to No. 10 Abul Hasan's debut hundred, and the 184-run tenth wicket partnership shared with Mahmudullah. West Indies rode out that challenge again, and dominated the rest of the game to win the series 2-0.

"Bangladesh keep coming back when you think they're down. In the last Test, the No. 8 and No. 10 put on a partnership in the first innings," he said. "We are not taking them for granted. But once we play to our full potential, we could be a very destructive force."

West Indies switched into the one-day mode with a massive win in the warm-up game against BCB XI on Wednesday. The highlight of that game, which could also be a forewarning for Bangladesh, was West Indies' total of 361 under the new fielding restrictions. Chris Gayle, who didn't play in that game, was the only batsman without a big score in the Tests but Sammy believes it is a matter of time before he fires with the bat.

"Our batsmen took responsibility to score the bulk of the runs in the Test series. We have at least six guys coming in for the ODI series. They all had a go, and they scored a lot of runs in the practice match, so it is tough to select the team with such bench strength.

"Chris [Gayle] turns up anytime. He is the best batsman in limited-overs cricket right now. He's the most dangerous in any format. I am not worried about him. He has his routine, and has scored all over the world. Good for us if he's due some runs, not for Bangladesh."

Sammy's captaincy and patience will be tested under the new rules of having just the four fielders outside the 30-yard circle for 35 overs during the match. He said that the umpires have assured of helping out the captains during this series if an extra man is stationed outside the circle by mistake, though he has already devised a plan to remember the new rule.

"I will just remember to keep mid-off or mid-on up. I have studied it quite well and I think I have trained my brain to keep monitoring. We have enough senior players in the team to help me along, and the umpires said they'll look out for the odd fielder outside."

Sammy said that the new rule is going to put pressure on the fielding teams, especially on the spinners. However, he said that it also presents an opportunity to cut the singles down.

"Teams were scoring 300-plus with five guys outside the circle. Now it is only four. I feel sorry for the spinners, they have to find an extra way to bowl and be economical. We have to find one person in the ring which could put more pressure on the batsmen, and no easy singles to get."

The first match of the series is to be played in Khulna tomorrow.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    5-0 whitewash ! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!!!! Can't stop laughing. expecting a 5-0 BANGLA WASH. That would put us 7th on the ranking!

  • Rezwan on November 30, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Good as he is optimist. But after todays match I don't think they can do whitewashed but be banglawashed

  • Sami on November 30, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    A bit premature and underestimating Bangladesh! Sammy can forget about it now. He probably meant 5-0 Banglawash.

  • sam on November 30, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will win more than one match in the series as even though they are a poor (rather abysmal) test team they are a decent ODI outfit.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    White wash...not in Bangladesh ....not in short format..3-2 in Bangladesh favor ..

  • Rafiq on November 30, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    5-0? Sounds a bit optimistic.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Field placing restrictions,fine. How about this for fairness, two bouncers per over and the spinners allowed to bowl down the leg,once the batter can play it, without being called for wide. Once u start to tingle with things u tend to spoil them. However as they say two heads r better than one,soon coaches & capts will find a counter for that rule.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Yah Sammy keep on dreaming for a whitewash it can be reverse Bangladesh 3 for u is 2 forget abt whitewash keep dreaming .

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Good luck both teams.We need a cracking series!

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    The ranking pts should be enough motivation. Bangla should not be taken lightly, they have a few enterprising players, who score rather quickly. Yes without a doubt the new rule will create some challenges for the capt and some spinners, not the accurate ones. But for this series pace is the way to go for WI. Thirty pace 'like fire' overs will do the trick. Russell, Roach and maybe a fit Tino. Like most Subcont teams Bangla r very uncomfortable agst pace, not medium pace, real pace. I like the sound of 5-0(WI).

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