Bangladesh look to carry form in Tests

Atif Azam from Chattogram

3 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh are looking forward to piling a host of misery on West Indies buoyed by the prolonged dominance at the home condition as they take on the visitors in the first of two-match Test series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

The match, which starts at 09:30am, will be aired live at T Sports and Nagorik TV.

The hosts oozed with confidence despite not playing any Test cricket since February 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Bangladesh simply want to translate their ODI dominance, where they handed them 3-0 defeat over the visitors, in the Test format too.

Tigers, however, knew that the Caribbean side is bolstered with more experienced campaigners in their Test squad even though some of the first-choice players including Test captain Jason Holder skipped the Test series due to fear of coronavirus along with some other leading cricketers.

Though their batting unit looks vulnerable, Bangladesh will face a tough challenge considering the bowling unit comprising three leading pacers - Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph - who can make any opposition’s life miserable on their day.

Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque said that they are not losing their sleep over their opponent as they are taking confidence from their home series win in 2018 when they defeated a full-strength West Indies team.

“We have won against them (with a similar bowling unit) earlier and we are taking confidence from it,” Mominul said in the pre-match interview on Tuesday.

“We are always favourites at home but that does not mean we are taking them lightly…It’s a new beginning and we are looking forward to starting afresh,” he added.    

Bangladesh have played 16 Tests so far against West Indies where they won four, draw two and lost the remaining 10 matches.

Tigers will be highly motivated with the inclusion of Shakib Al Hasan, who returns to Test after a gap of one year following his ban imposed by International Cricket Council for failing to report corrupt approaches.

“I think he (Shakib) is one who delivers in two departments and for a captain, it is easy to form the team when he is around,” said Mominul. “It’s a big opportunity for me as he is around,” he added.