CONFIDENT WINDIES ARRIVE IN BANGLADESHThursday 6th October 2011
Dhaka, Bangladesh – The West Indies players touched down in Bangladesh on Tuesday night and are promising an exciting brand of cricket in the next month as they face the home side in two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and a T20 International.
Speaking on arrival, Team Manager Richie Richardson outlined the side’s aim to win the upcoming contests and continue the climb up the International Cricket Council’s rankings in Tests and ODIs.
“Bangladesh can be a tough side especially playing at home in favourable conditions. 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,” the former West Indies captain told reporters at the airport.
The Windies arrived directly from Dubai where they had a one-week camp at the ICC Global Cricket Academy. The squad is expected to start training from Wednesday at the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Academy grounds.
“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.”
The last time the two teams met the Windies pulled off a stunning nine-wicket win in the group stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup back in March. In that match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, the home side fell for 58 and the Windies won by nine wickets.
“That result was uplifting for us. 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.”
Richardson added: “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.”
Limited-over squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Adrian Barath, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons
Test squad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford
October 7: warm-up match at KSOAS
October 9: warm-up match at KSOAS
October 11: Twenty20 International at SBNCS
October 13: 1st ODI at SBNCS
October 15: 2nd ODI at SBNCS
October 18: 3rd ODI at ZACS
October 21-25: 1st Test at ZACS
October 29-November 3: 2nd Test at SBNCS
NCAG – National Cricket Academy Ground, Dhaka
KSOAS – Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Narayanganj
SBNCS – She-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka
ZACS – Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
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