Braithwaite confident of testing hosts

Sports Correspondent

13th January, 2021 09:37:39 printer

Braithwaite confident of testing hosts

West Indies Test skipper Craig Braithwaite said on Wednesday that he is confident of giving the hosts a run for their money in the upcoming series, comprising two Tests and three ODIs.

“I think we have a good team. Few guys haven’t played international cricket and some haven’t played in a little while. I know this team is fully capable of doing well at the international level,” said Braithwaite adding that he wants to lead from the front.

“I want to lead from the front as a leader. It is my job as an opening batsman to get runs and build a foundation for the team. I don’t see the guys here as second string. I think they can perform and do well at the international level. I know they are looking for the opportunity,” he added.

West Indies are expected to start their practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today, subject to the clearance of the corona test reports that they are waiting to receive as two negative reports will be sufficient for the visitors to start their practice.

However, Bangladesh’s two British passport holder coaches - Jon Lewis and Ottis Gibson have been declined permission to join the team despite having two negative reports.

Braithwaite said that he is well aware that the hosts will not be giving them any chance considering the strength they possess in their squad with the arrival of Shakib Al Hasan, whom he is considering the key man in the series.

“Shakib is the key man for them…They have a good team with some spinners and very capable batsmen,” he said.