Richardson promises 'exciting brand of cricket'
West Indies will produce an exciting brand of cricket on their tour of Bangladesh, team manager Richie Richardson has said. West Indies play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 on the tour, which begins with a warm-up game on October 7 in Fatullah.
"Bangladesh can be a tough side especially playing at home in favourable conditions," Richardson said on his team's arrival in Dhaka, after a one-week preparatory camp at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai. "They are a force to be reckoned with and have some good players in their team. But we believe we can beat them. Our players are in good form and we are really looking forward to the upcoming series. I believe you will see an exciting brand of cricket from the West Indies team over the coming weeks.
"We expect a very competitive tour here in Bangladesh. We don't expect it to be easy, but we know we have the players with the skills to come here and be successful and beat Bangladesh. We have done our homework. We will be ready for whatever combinations we come up against, be it spin or seam or pace."
Bangladesh beat a depleted West Indies side the last time the two teams played a Test series, in 2009. It was a historic series win for Bangladesh - their first overseas. West Indies were missing several of their senior players due to a stand-off with their cricket board. When the two teams met in this year's World Cup, Bangladesh were humbled after being shot out for 58.
"That result was uplifting for us," Richardson said. "When we arrived in Dhaka there was a lot of hype for that match and to win the way we did, dismissing Bangladesh in double figures, was a huge boost for the team. We played exceptionally well and that is the way we would like to play every game. We will draw on performances like that as we look to quickly get acclimatised to the foreign conditions.
"We have some good young cricketers in our squad as well as some experienced players who have done well for the West Indies over the years so this tour is a good opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills in the coming matches."