West Indies v Bangladesh, 1st Test, St Vincent September 4, 2014

Pressure on West Indies to improve home form

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Isam: Shakib a big miss

Match facts

September 5-9, 2014
Start time 1000 local (1400 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies have more to play for in the first Test at Arnos Vale, since Bangladesh are only looking to get out with two drawn Test matches. West Indies are the team in form, having crushed the visitors 3-0 in the ODI series. More crucially, they have to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat to New Zealand in their only Test series of the year so far.

Denesh Ramdin would like to use some of his ODI form in this series, his second as captain. The 169 in the second ODI aside, he has been in fairly good form since 2012, having struck three centuries and as many fifties in Tests. He would also be inclined to rely on Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo to hold the batting together. Younger batsmen like Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood would be expected to settle in with big scores, having done well against Bangladeshi sides in the recent past.

The visitors' humble goal is particularly down to their own ordinary form and having to play without the suspended Shakib Al Hasan. Some of their batsmen have shown improvement in the last two innings, in the third ODI and the only innings in the three-day warm-up match against St Kitts & Nevis. Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain got hundreds while Tamim Iqbal finally broke his long streak of sub-50 scores in international cricket. Surprisingly, Mominul Haque's place in the team is being reconsidered after just two low scores in international cricket. He has scored three hundreds in Bangladesh's last four Test matches, and has batted with a lot more assurance than many of his teammates.

Apart from selection confusion, Bangladesh's bowling attack is also going to slow them down. Rubel Hossain is the only bowler to have played more than 15 Tests, and his bowling average is a dismal 81.23, the worst among all bowlers who have delivered more than 3000 balls in Test cricket. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is most likely to make his Test debut, in which case he will be selected ahead of Elias Sunny, who has only just arrived in St Vincent to replace Sohag Gazi.

Mahmudullah will have to step up and show some experience, having taken eight wickets at this ground on his Test debut five years ago. Al-Amin Hossain's wickets in the ODI series will be considered a sliver of hope.

While Bangladesh can pick eight recognised batsmen, West Indies might have to push Test newcomer Jason Holder up to No 7. Some might say their tail starts early but Holder has shown he can bat, particularly when he made a fifty in his debut Test in June.

Form guide

West Indies (completed matches, most recent first) LWLLL
Bangladesh DLDDW

Players to watch

West Indies can call upon four allrounders in limited-overs cricket, but none of them are in the Test squad. Instead, they used Jason Holder at No 7 in their last Test, where he impressed with a fifty. But Holder's stronger suit, quick bowling from a high action, will be expected to come through first.

Bangladesh's thin bowling resources mean that Al-Amin Hossain has suddenly become a bit of a leader of the attack, though he himself has played only three Tests. But he was the highest wicket-taker in the ODI series less than two weeks ago and with Robiul Islam being downgraded in the pecking order and Rubel Hossain averaging 80-plus in 19 Tests, Al-Amin can expect a lot of bowling.

Team news

West Indies have picked a similar squad to the one that played New Zealand in June. So the only change could be Kirk Edwards making way at No. 3 for Jermaine Blackwood, who had done very well against Bangladesh A and earned a Test cap as well.

West Indies (probable): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Jermaine Blackwood, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Denesh Ramdin (capt & wk), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Kemar Roach, 9 Shane Shillingford, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Jerome Taylor

Bangladesh have a difficult choice to make at the top of their order, where they might have to leave out either Shamsur Rahman, who scored a hundred in their last Test match, or Anamul Haque, who scored a century in the first ODI. Rubel Hossain took three wickets in the warm-up match, so he might pip Robiul Islam for a place in a two-man pace attack. Given the shape of the squad, Bangladesh are likely to give debuts to both Taijul Islam and Shuvagoto Hom, the spin-bowling allrounder.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman/Anamul Haque, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Shuvagoto Hom, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

Pitch and conditions

Spin dominated the only first-class match played here this year, a low-scoring game between Windward Islands and Combined Campuses and Colleges. There is a slight chance of rain during the first Test, but sunny skies should prevail over Arnos Vale for most part.

Stats and trivia

  • Denesh Ramdin will be Mushfiqur Rahim's first opposing captain who is also a wicketkeeper
  • Out of their last eight home Test series, West Indies have only won two, against Zimbabwe and New Zealand. They have lost to New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, South Africa and Australia, and drawn a series against Pakistan.

Quotes

"From a personal point of view, I would like to draw both Tests. I think we are capable of that. We had an opportunity in the ODI series. We will try to create similar opportunities, which should be our main goal."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim

"We know that they don't like a lot of seam bowling. But at the same time we've got spinners in our team, and still without the likes of Sunil Narine we have guys who are capable of bowling some good-quality spin - Suleiman Benn, Shane Shillingford."
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin is confident of his all-round bowling attack.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • on September 5, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    i do 100% agree with Rafelgibt

    My team would be-1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Shuvagoto Hom, 8 Robiiul Islam , 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.You just cant play with Nasir,Mahmuduulllah and Shuvagoto in the same team as these threes are multi-skilled (Little bit of both batting & bowling;expert of nothing) players.In that case Robiul should be included in place of Mahmudullah

  • Twine on September 5, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    There is an saying in American sport: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard". Yes, there are many talented players from Jamaica to Guyana but the vast majority of the players seem to lack the concentration, application and self denial required to craft large Test innings or bowl consistently outside the offstump for 20+ overs a day. This is why our individual players are snapped up in T20 leagues but have struggled in Tests since 1995. I would rather a team with six Brathwaites who bat within themselves than a test lineup of Gayles and Tinos.

  • on September 5, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    i don't believe the WI have ever had a poor team, the Caribbean islands develop more than enough quality players for test cricket. The problem is their mental attitude and application towards the 5 day game. On their day they are capable of beating any team in a one-off test (eg. away to SA at the Wanderers ground in 2008). One of the problems is that some players don't make themselves available for Test cricket & other players like the wonderfully gifted Marlon Samuels have lost form. Samuels had a great tour of ENG in 2012 but hid batting has gone into freefall since then. i watch a lot of Test cricket & contrary to the views of former Test players like Holding, i think that if the WI focussed on and played more Test match cricket, they would be in the top three in the rankings & not languishing at No.7. As a naturally talented batsman & prolific 5th bowling option, Samuels cannot and must not be left out of the side.

  • VivGilchrist on September 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I've got nothing against Shiv, I just don't think he's on par with Border. Border had the burden of captaincy while Shiv hands over strike to tai lenders and remains not out. I don't know where you got the 49.52 from but Border never played against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to lower his average to that. WI need to let Shiv play as long as he is useful and should be in the World Cup squad.

  • Shiv1994 on September 5, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, Shiv's average (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) = 49.61 to Border's = 49.52 and Shiv has played with the likes of Wasim, Waqar, McGrath, Warne, Pollock, Vaas etc., which were the best bowlers at that time. Shiv's lowest averages are 42.00 and 42.86 against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively to Border's 33.11 and 39.46 against South Africa and West Indies. Both the players have created their own histories and both deserve equal appreciation and honor for their achievements and what they have given to this game. Shiv started his career when Border left his and maintained an equal level of professionalism for people who love this sport. No one and no player in this world has 100% perfection in what he does or is being gifted. May we see these type of players and other greats such as Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Kallis, Dravid, Sangakara, Gavaskar and many more, again and again.

  • Twine on September 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: We can only play against who is put on the field. However, it should be noted that less than 5% of Chanderpaul's Test innings have been against Bangladesh and, given that he has been playing since 1994, he has faced McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Warne as well as Donald, Pollock and Ntini and still averages 50 against Australia and South Africa. Of course Border was a true great (and is quite rightly feted as such) but methinks that Chanderpaul often fails to receive his due. Perhaps when he retires...

  • Rafelgibt on September 5, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    My team would be-1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Shuvagoto Hom, 8 Robiiul Islam , 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.You just cant play with Nasir,Mahmuduulllah and Shuvagoto in the same team as these threes are multi-skilled (Little bit of both batting & bowling;expert of nothing) players.In that case Robiul should be included in place of Mahmudullah.Frankly speaking if BAN can survive the innings defeat i would be very surprised.

  • VivGilchrist on September 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @shiv1994, how many Tests did Border play against Bangladesh? How many Tests did Shiv play against Garner, Holding, Marshall, and Ambrose?

  • on September 5, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    All the best WI , hope to see a good cricket from all

  • SamWintson92 on September 5, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    BAN XI: (Please don't pick Rubel who has 81+ bowling ave in 15 test, Anamul is a must, I'll recommend Shamsur over Imrul) 1 Tamim 2 Anamul 3 Shamsur 4 Mominul 5 Mushfiqur (WK) 6 Nasir 7 Shvagoto 8 Mahmudullah 9 Tarijul 10 Al-Amin 11 Robiul.

  • on September 5, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    i do 100% agree with Rafelgibt

    My team would be-1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Shuvagoto Hom, 8 Robiiul Islam , 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.You just cant play with Nasir,Mahmuduulllah and Shuvagoto in the same team as these threes are multi-skilled (Little bit of both batting & bowling;expert of nothing) players.In that case Robiul should be included in place of Mahmudullah

  • Twine on September 5, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    There is an saying in American sport: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard". Yes, there are many talented players from Jamaica to Guyana but the vast majority of the players seem to lack the concentration, application and self denial required to craft large Test innings or bowl consistently outside the offstump for 20+ overs a day. This is why our individual players are snapped up in T20 leagues but have struggled in Tests since 1995. I would rather a team with six Brathwaites who bat within themselves than a test lineup of Gayles and Tinos.

  • on September 5, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    i don't believe the WI have ever had a poor team, the Caribbean islands develop more than enough quality players for test cricket. The problem is their mental attitude and application towards the 5 day game. On their day they are capable of beating any team in a one-off test (eg. away to SA at the Wanderers ground in 2008). One of the problems is that some players don't make themselves available for Test cricket & other players like the wonderfully gifted Marlon Samuels have lost form. Samuels had a great tour of ENG in 2012 but hid batting has gone into freefall since then. i watch a lot of Test cricket & contrary to the views of former Test players like Holding, i think that if the WI focussed on and played more Test match cricket, they would be in the top three in the rankings & not languishing at No.7. As a naturally talented batsman & prolific 5th bowling option, Samuels cannot and must not be left out of the side.

  • VivGilchrist on September 5, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    I've got nothing against Shiv, I just don't think he's on par with Border. Border had the burden of captaincy while Shiv hands over strike to tai lenders and remains not out. I don't know where you got the 49.52 from but Border never played against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to lower his average to that. WI need to let Shiv play as long as he is useful and should be in the World Cup squad.

  • Shiv1994 on September 5, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    @VivGilchrist, Shiv's average (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) = 49.61 to Border's = 49.52 and Shiv has played with the likes of Wasim, Waqar, McGrath, Warne, Pollock, Vaas etc., which were the best bowlers at that time. Shiv's lowest averages are 42.00 and 42.86 against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively to Border's 33.11 and 39.46 against South Africa and West Indies. Both the players have created their own histories and both deserve equal appreciation and honor for their achievements and what they have given to this game. Shiv started his career when Border left his and maintained an equal level of professionalism for people who love this sport. No one and no player in this world has 100% perfection in what he does or is being gifted. May we see these type of players and other greats such as Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Kallis, Dravid, Sangakara, Gavaskar and many more, again and again.

  • Twine on September 5, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: We can only play against who is put on the field. However, it should be noted that less than 5% of Chanderpaul's Test innings have been against Bangladesh and, given that he has been playing since 1994, he has faced McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Warne as well as Donald, Pollock and Ntini and still averages 50 against Australia and South Africa. Of course Border was a true great (and is quite rightly feted as such) but methinks that Chanderpaul often fails to receive his due. Perhaps when he retires...

  • Rafelgibt on September 5, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    My team would be-1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Shuvagoto Hom, 8 Robiiul Islam , 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Al-Amin Hossain.You just cant play with Nasir,Mahmuduulllah and Shuvagoto in the same team as these threes are multi-skilled (Little bit of both batting & bowling;expert of nothing) players.In that case Robiul should be included in place of Mahmudullah.Frankly speaking if BAN can survive the innings defeat i would be very surprised.

  • VivGilchrist on September 5, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @shiv1994, how many Tests did Border play against Bangladesh? How many Tests did Shiv play against Garner, Holding, Marshall, and Ambrose?

  • on September 5, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    All the best WI , hope to see a good cricket from all

  • SamWintson92 on September 5, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    BAN XI: (Please don't pick Rubel who has 81+ bowling ave in 15 test, Anamul is a must, I'll recommend Shamsur over Imrul) 1 Tamim 2 Anamul 3 Shamsur 4 Mominul 5 Mushfiqur (WK) 6 Nasir 7 Shvagoto 8 Mahmudullah 9 Tarijul 10 Al-Amin 11 Robiul.

  • missionbegins2011 on September 5, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    BD's quest for winning their first match of 2014 continues...

  • yogicoolboy on September 5, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Well hoping for Good and close match

  • Fahim_Bd_1998 on September 5, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    @wispering_holder - Which bowler looked threatening to BD batsman? I can't much differenciate BD fast bowlers with WI.

    Anyway Bangladesh will be back in action once we play against Zimbabwe in BD ;)

  • Shiv1994 on September 5, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0 S Chanderpaul (WI) 156 266 46 11414 203* 51.88 29 63 14 AR Border (Aus) 156 265 44 11174 205 50.56 27 63 11

  • JoshFromJamRock on September 5, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    I see too many issues with this WI team. Shillingford needs more 1st class games against quality opposition under his belt. Blackwood, to be on the safer side, should not be batting at 3. Holder despite his batting talent is not a #7 - That position is for proven century makers. Let him score some crucial 50s at #8 first. Give Edwards one more chance - he's a better Test than ODI player. If he fails, pick DJ Bravo or even Pollard, given his recent success, to bat at #6. Ramdin could bat as high as #3 but its good to have a reliable guy down the order and given he's a thinking cricketer, he'll definitely shepherd the tail better than Shiv "Not Out" Chanderpaul. Narine should play some 1st class games to be considered for selection. It would be unfair to pick him over Benn who got into the team the hard way and hasn't done badly since.

    1)Gayle 2)Brathwaite 3)Edwards 4)Bravo 5)Shiv 6)Blackwood 7)Ramdin 8)Holder 9)Roach 10)Benn 11)Taylor.

  • anver777 on September 5, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Playing at home, I predict WI will win this test match with in 4days !!!! BD is long way behind in tests, but lets hope they will give a good fight !!!!

  • on September 5, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    Interesting. Blackwood at no. 3 eh. And it's a shame Narine is not available. I would've put him in the XI to sharpen his bowling at test level. I still believe he can be the best spinner in all formats in this era.

  • rayinto on September 5, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    Taylor, Roach and Holder - set them loose! Fire in Babylon again.

  • Sexysteven on September 5, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    Is Blackwood a number 3 I don't think so he batted down the order against nz so Darren bravo should bat at 3 ramdin at 4 shiv at 5 Blackwood at 6 that would be the order I would go ramdins in good enough form to bat higher to take some pressure off shiv and gayle other then that that's a reasonable team as good as they could pick although dwayne bravo needs to play test cricket again at some point now they need to thrash the bangas that would be astart to getting better and improving

  • Bdcricketdebator on September 5, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    @wispering_holder,which fast bowler will blast bd batsman?we saw in odis it was narine who got top order.and windies fast bowlers mainly got bd tailenders.sorry but wi fast bowlers r medicore.

  • on September 5, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    marlon should be playing in place of shane

  • on September 5, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    if chanderpaul is on the pitch, then no other batsman required to bat.....

  • DarindaUK on September 4, 2014, 23:10 GMT

    My X11: Shamsur, Anamul, Tamim, Momoinul, Mushfikur, MahmudUllah, Elias Sunny, Taijul, Al-Amin, Rubel. No Imrul. Tamim should be tried at No.3. Nothing to lose.

  • TeamSelector on September 4, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    The Windies team looks off balance & Shillingford should not be in the team. Replace him with a batsman. Gayle can be the fifth bowler. 1-Gayle 2-Brathwaite 3-Kirk 4-Bravo 5-Shiv 6-Blackwood 7-Ramdin 8-Holder 9-Taylor 10-Roach 11-Benn

  • on September 4, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Bangladesh should just play with Mushi, Mominul, Taijul and Al amin as it doesn't matter if there is 7 others playing as the outcome will be the same with or without the useless other 7.

  • Black_Prince on September 4, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    i think WI picked the right combination. I think Shillingford will be a hand full for BD team. He is tall and gets bounce which is perfect against shot BD batsmen. I always believed WI should be competing with the big boys and playing 6 batsmen makes the top order take a little more responsibility. Only other player that could have made the eleven would be Marlon Samuels.

    For Bangladesh, No way they should drop Mominul. Stop playing him ODI and T20. Anamul should get the green light. Also should Imrul get a chance. I really like Nasir and Mahmudullah, but both of them in bad form. Maybe play one of them. I think its time to see some new faces in this team. I wanted to see Taskin. I think BD missed the plot there. Rubel & Robiul has played and has not performed in this level (tests).

  • VivGilchrist on September 4, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    @Derek, pace hurries a batsman up. He has less time to react. What would you rather face, Kieron Pollards powder puffs or Mitchell Johnsons thunderbolts? Roach, in full flight, fast and mean, is a challenge to any batsman. I do not like this line up. There is a Test tour of India to follow on turning tracks and this should be the time to get the XI sorted. Holder won't be batting at 7 in India. I don't like the fact that a new guy, Blackwood, has to bat at 3 while Shiv bats down at 5. Blackwood should be given a chance to start in the middle order. WI needed to go in in with 3 quicks and 2 spinners, but I believe the 2 spinners they have chosen are the wrong 2. It's time for Miller, and maybe a Deonarine to bat in the top 7. Either that or a Bishoo, Imran Khan, or Permaul, turning the ball the other way, with a seam bowling allrounder in the top 7.

  • DarindaUK on September 4, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Come on Tigers, we're all behind you. Do your best. Just play your game freely, don't worry about loosing, its part of the game. Best of luck, which you will need as well as your own ability.

  • Dhutugemunu on September 4, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    I was surprised to see BD captains quote, "From a personal point of view, I would like to draw both Tests". This is not the way he talks. According to his usual pattern this quote could have been; "We will win both Tests by innings. It will be a shame if we can't beat this WI team."

  • on September 4, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    These two teams are a long way off when it comes to TEST cricket . The ICC should give them more 50 over games in order to improve their skills .

  • on September 4, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    I think windies r a gr8 team but needs sum work.New management an better side but i think shilli is a waste of time.Big series later in d year.Buck up guys an windies all d way

  • reyme on September 4, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    It will be a blunder leaving out Mominul. Anamul has much better prospect than Imrul. Just because Rubel took 3 wickets does not mean he needs to be in the playing 11. He always opens up the floodgates with free runs thus release the pressure. I think the BD coaches and selectors needs more hands on coaching than the players themselves. Selectors/head coach/captain either lack basic intelligence or they are simply biased towards certain players. Leaving out Shakib for this series was a huge mistake to begin with.

  • Mayaro_Man on September 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    What is the point of picking Shillingford when he cannot bowl the doosra and is thus ineffective? Pick another fast bowler to blast out Bangladesh batsmen.

  • on September 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    West Indies need to get their batting right...Shiv doesn't have much time left.

  • Warm_Coffee on September 4, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    hahaha..Mominul Haque the guy who has just scored 3 test centuries within the last year might be dropped.

    Something is clearly wrong with Bangladesh selection policies and they ruining our main players like Shakib and Mominul careers. Bangladesh will never find better talent then them.

    Anyway, Its too risky having both Imrul and Shamsur in the side considering their poor showings in the ODI series so I will only have 1 of them (doesn't matter who) and have 1 of them replaced by Anamul who is our long term future. But I would bat Anamul at 6/7 due to his serious struggles early on which he must sort out himself if he wants to thrive as a batsman.

    But really West Indies is obviously going to win this 2-0.

  • on September 4, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I always thought the primary objective of a BOWLER was to take wickets. It the circumstance do not merit why expect a bowler to bowl at 140? Hit the stumps, get an edge and have the batsman caught but going at 140 whereby a batsman without any effort send the ball to the boundary is senseless...Bowling machines can do that while the human reserves his energy.

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    I like the WI batting order, it seems to be the best lineup that we can offer at the moment. Shillingford has been less than ordinary after his renewed action, and I would opt for DJ Bravo (who is no worse a bowler, and a competent batsman) instead.

    I really hope Roach starts hitting that 140+ kph mart consistently.

  • hosamanevg on September 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    moreover hosts playing aganist bng,i would love to watch batting of darren bravo,who is nothing but another face of the great brian charles lara.bravo is havig beautiful battin skills,he is just replica of lara,still he is in early days of his intl carrer

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Mominul will be dropped for sure. This poor guy has a great record but Mushy does not care. He wants his pals in the team. The low scorers - Nasir, Mahmudullah and Shamsur will be chosen. This is what the brilliant Bangladeshi selectors will do. Mushy will make sure his pals Mahmudullah and Nasir are playing. I am surprised they decided to drop Ghazi. This non-performer, non-wickettaker should also be there. Then we will have a team all ready for a dreadful innings defeat. To dream of a draw, is to dream of the impossible. You guys are toast. Just impose a life ban on Sakib for being one of the best cricketers in the world. He has no right to be this good. Ban him for life.

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  • on September 4, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Mominul will be dropped for sure. This poor guy has a great record but Mushy does not care. He wants his pals in the team. The low scorers - Nasir, Mahmudullah and Shamsur will be chosen. This is what the brilliant Bangladeshi selectors will do. Mushy will make sure his pals Mahmudullah and Nasir are playing. I am surprised they decided to drop Ghazi. This non-performer, non-wickettaker should also be there. Then we will have a team all ready for a dreadful innings defeat. To dream of a draw, is to dream of the impossible. You guys are toast. Just impose a life ban on Sakib for being one of the best cricketers in the world. He has no right to be this good. Ban him for life.

  • hosamanevg on September 4, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    moreover hosts playing aganist bng,i would love to watch batting of darren bravo,who is nothing but another face of the great brian charles lara.bravo is havig beautiful battin skills,he is just replica of lara,still he is in early days of his intl carrer

  • on September 4, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    I like the WI batting order, it seems to be the best lineup that we can offer at the moment. Shillingford has been less than ordinary after his renewed action, and I would opt for DJ Bravo (who is no worse a bowler, and a competent batsman) instead.

    I really hope Roach starts hitting that 140+ kph mart consistently.

  • on September 4, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I always thought the primary objective of a BOWLER was to take wickets. It the circumstance do not merit why expect a bowler to bowl at 140? Hit the stumps, get an edge and have the batsman caught but going at 140 whereby a batsman without any effort send the ball to the boundary is senseless...Bowling machines can do that while the human reserves his energy.

  • Warm_Coffee on September 4, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    hahaha..Mominul Haque the guy who has just scored 3 test centuries within the last year might be dropped.

    Something is clearly wrong with Bangladesh selection policies and they ruining our main players like Shakib and Mominul careers. Bangladesh will never find better talent then them.

    Anyway, Its too risky having both Imrul and Shamsur in the side considering their poor showings in the ODI series so I will only have 1 of them (doesn't matter who) and have 1 of them replaced by Anamul who is our long term future. But I would bat Anamul at 6/7 due to his serious struggles early on which he must sort out himself if he wants to thrive as a batsman.

    But really West Indies is obviously going to win this 2-0.

  • on September 4, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    West Indies need to get their batting right...Shiv doesn't have much time left.

  • Mayaro_Man on September 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    What is the point of picking Shillingford when he cannot bowl the doosra and is thus ineffective? Pick another fast bowler to blast out Bangladesh batsmen.

  • reyme on September 4, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    It will be a blunder leaving out Mominul. Anamul has much better prospect than Imrul. Just because Rubel took 3 wickets does not mean he needs to be in the playing 11. He always opens up the floodgates with free runs thus release the pressure. I think the BD coaches and selectors needs more hands on coaching than the players themselves. Selectors/head coach/captain either lack basic intelligence or they are simply biased towards certain players. Leaving out Shakib for this series was a huge mistake to begin with.

  • on September 4, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    I think windies r a gr8 team but needs sum work.New management an better side but i think shilli is a waste of time.Big series later in d year.Buck up guys an windies all d way

  • on September 4, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    These two teams are a long way off when it comes to TEST cricket . The ICC should give them more 50 over games in order to improve their skills .