Bangladesh eye to relinquish horrors of 2018 against West Indies

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Four years ago, Bangladesh’s last visit to Antigua was not a pleasant experience. On the first day of his 2018 tour, West Indies dismissed him for 43, his lowest Test score. The spectators stomached-up for the remainder of that Test series, lasting a total of six days.

While humiliation was the main result then, Bangladesh now has a bigger result. The current tour of the West Indies is their last in the World Test Championship of this cycle, as they battle their own demons. After losing to South Africa earlier, he was thrashed by Sri Lanka at home.

Shakib Al Hasan was given the reins but his apathy towards Test cricket is well known. To make matters worse, Bangladesh will be without Mushfiqur Rahim – their top scorer against Sri Lanka – when they opted to go on the Hajj, along with Taskin Ahmed and Shorful Islam who are both recovering from injuries.

However, the practice match played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground last week has brought some relief to the spectators. Tamim Iqbal returned from his pair with 162 runs against Sri Lanka against the CWI President’s XI, while Najmul Hossain Shanto scored a much-needed half-century. Bowling with the red ball after a long time, Mustafizur Rahman and Abadot Hossain also took three wickets each.

Meanwhile, hosts West Indies are a bit short of recent Test experience, having played only one Test series in 2022. But a 2-1 win against England in March was reassuring that with Craig Brathwaite in charge, they were probably back on track.

If Kemar Roach passes his fitness test, West Indies could threaten Bangladesh with a proper pace attack that also includes Alzarri Joseph, Jaden Seals and newcomer Anderson Phillip.

There are also first-time call-ups for wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Moti for the series.

Brathwaite will lead the batting line-up along with his deputy Jermaine Blackwood, who will go along with Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua da Silva and Kyle Meyers. Ramon Reifer also offers an interesting option with his left-arm pace and batting. West Indies have also included Tagnarin Chanderpaul and Shermon Lewis as reserves.

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in the headlines

Joshua da Silva He was West Indies’ Player of the Match in his last Test match against England in March. He scored an unbeaten century and took five catches. Da Silva will once again take the field against Bangladesh, notably being one of the main batsmen to have played first-class cricket in the recent West Indies 4-Day Regional Championship.

It’s not often that a Bangladesh batsman finds himself in the top three run-scorers six months a year, but that’s exactly where Liton Das This is the time. He is just behind Usman Khawaja and Joe Root, but despite being the number 7 wicket-keeper, 558 runs with two centuries remains the subject of discussion. There is no doubt that his rise to become the vice-captain was a matter of time.

team news

Now that Shamrah Brooks has been ousted, is Bonner likely to return to No. 3? Does the inclusion of Thomas make sense for da Silva to bat up the order, or does the selectors take a chance with newcomer Chanderpaul from reserve? Will the referee replace Jason Holder, who has been rested? There may be many questions in front of the West Indies team management.

West Indies (Probable): 1 Craig Brathwaite (c), 2 John Campbell, 3 Nkrumah Bonner, 4 Jermaine Blackwood, 5 Kyle Meyers, 6 Joshua da Silva (wk), 7 Devon Thomas, 8 Ramon Reifer, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Anderson Phillip /Kemar Roach, 11 Jayden Seals

Shakib should come at number five as Mushfiqur and Yasir are not available. Nurul Hasan will strengthen the batting unit, but Mosaddek Hossain’s form is a matter of concern. If Bangladesh need five bowlers, Mustafizur could be included, but that would mean risking the long tail.

*Bangladesh have called in Anamul Haque, who last played Test in September 2014 in place of Yasir, but he will leave for Antigua on 17 June, to be available for the second Test starting 24 June in St Lucia.

Bangladesh (Probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Mahmudul Hasan Joy, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (captain), 6 Liton Das (wk), 7 Nurul Hasan, 8 Mosaddek Hossain, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Khalid Ahmed, 11 Ebadot Hussain

pitch and conditions

It is likely to be a straw-colored pitch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. There is no chance of rain in five days.

statistics and general knowledge

  • Bangladesh’s last Test series in the West Indies was the team’s worst in terms of batting average (12.60).
  • West Indies have an easy record of 12-4 win against Bangladesh. Bangladesh last won a series in the West Indies in 2009, when a second-string team played for the hosts.
  • Tamim needs 19 runs to become the second Bangladeshi batsman to reach the 5000-run mark. He was set to be the first, but after retiring hurt to 131 in Chattogram last month, he made a pair in Dhaka. Mushfiqur slammed him on the post.
  • * 1743 hrs GMT, June 15, 2022: Anamul Haque included in the squad after an official confirmation.

    Mohammad Isam is the Bangladesh correspondent for ESPNcricinfo. @ isam84

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