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.
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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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 (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
* 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