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Cricket returns to Windsor Park as WI, Bangladesh fine-tune T20 World Cup plans

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“Why did he do thaaat?”

5 years after an exciting end between West Indies and Pakistan elicited this response from Fazeer Mohammed at Windsor Park, we’re again right here as soon as once more. The T20I sequence opener between West Indies and Bangladesh would be the first match on the venue in 5 years and first because the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

The dearth of current aggressive cricket on the venue implies that the pitch is an unknown amount as West Indies and Bangladesh construct in direction of the T20 World Cup, which begins in October in Australia. West Indies final performed T20I cricket in February and Bangladesh in March. The hosts have made a variety of adjustments in a bid to determine their finest XI. Bangladesh, in the meantime, lack confidence on this format. The two-0 defeat within the previous Take a look at sequence solely provides to their troubles.

Bangladesh’s peculiar floor fielding and catching additionally got here underneath scrutiny within the Take a look at sequence. Mahmudullah will now have to tug Bangladesh out of the mire, with the likes of Afif Hossain, Munim Shahriar and Mustafizur Rahman among the many white-ball specialists.

Anamul Haque, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz are additionally again within the T20I squad. Shahriar is a newcomer, having made his debut in opposition to Afghanistan on the again of a glowing BPL season.

West Indies’ new-look squad can be led by Nicholas Pooran whose current white-ball kind is not encouraging. Pooran and new vice-captain Rovman Powell must lead the center order within the absence of the now-retired Kieron Pollard.

Among the many batting choices are Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers and Devon Thomas, whereas Odean Smith is an allrounder within the mould of Andre Russell.

Obed McCoy, Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul are among the many bowlers making comebacks. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie is the third spinner within the squad behind Akeal Hosein and Hayden Walsh Jr.

Type information

(Final 5 accomplished matches; most up-to-date first)

West Indies: LLLWL

Bangladesh LWLLL

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Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman are Bangladesh’s strike bowlers in T20 cricket, however Nasum Ahmed shouldn’t be too far behind. Up to now 12 months, he has taken 35 wickets at a median of 17.45 and financial system price of 6.07. Nasum is understood for various his tempo successfully, having accomplished it at residence in opposition to Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Afghanistan not too long ago. If Windsor Park does assist the spinners, Bangladesh can be assured of Shakib, Nasum, Mahedi Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz countering West Indies.

After his Participant-of-the-Sequence efficiency within the Take a look at sequence, all eyes can be on Kyle Mayers. The 29-year-old struck his second Take a look at century, serving to West Indies out of a good spot in St Lucia, and may contribute with the ball. He’ll open the batting in a line-up with seemingly much less expertise now, so Mayers should perceive his function clearly. That he has the wooden over Bangladesh may make issues simpler for him.

Crew information

West Indies have six spots open since their final T20I in opposition to India in February. Brooks, King and Thomas are prone to discover themselves within the high six, whereas Odean Smith will seemingly have a crack on the lower-middle order.

West Indies (possible): 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Shamarh Brooks, 4 Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Devon Thomas, 7 Odean Smith, 8 Alzarri Joseph, 9 Romario Shepherd, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Hayden Walsh Jr

Bangladesh have been depleted by the absence of Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali. Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain ought to have the ability to fill that void, however which may depart them with a protracted tail.

Bangladesh (possible): 1 Munim Shahriar, 2 Litton Das (wk), 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mahmudullah (capt), 5 Afif Hossain, 6 Nurul Hasan, 7 Mahedi Hasan, 8 Taskin Ahmed, 9 Nasum Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Pitch and situations

Windsor Park, which hosted two T20Is eight years in the past, is a floor recognized for favouring spinners. There is a slight probability of rain across the begin time (1.30pm).

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have a 7-5 win-loss report in 13 T20I matches in opposition to Bangladesh.
  • When Bangladesh toured the West Indies and USA in 2018, they gained the T20I sequence 2-1.
  • Shakib Al Hasan is 92 runs in need of turning into the second Bangladeshi to achieve 2,000 T20I runs, behind Mahmudullah.
  • Nicholas Pooran is the one batter in West Indies’ squad to have greater than 1,000 T20I runs. Brandon King’s 412 is the second highest.
  • Quotes

    “Munim [Shahriar] is a newcomer within the staff whereas [Anamul Haque] Bijoy is again after a very long time. I’ve to guarantee [them] they get sufficient alternatives, in order that they will play their very own recreation. I hope they are going to do nicely.”
    Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah is keen to provide his gamers an opportunity to carry out

    “Bangladesh is an efficient white-ball staff. They’re fighters. They at all times play nicely in opposition to us. I’m anticipating them to come back laborious at us. I count on them to bounce again.”
    West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran is not taking something with no consideration

    Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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