By BV Swagath
Preview of Bangladesh Vs West Indies, 1st Test at Mirpur, Dhaka
Bangladesh and West Indies clash for the opening Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur from Tuesday. It is a short 2-Test match Series between the two lowly ranked teams. Of course, West Indies will be the favourites as they have been the better established test teams of the two. And with the presence of Chris Gayle, West Indies are quite a powerful unit in sub-continental conditions.
The strength of Bangladesh is its spinners and on slow turning tracks, not many batsmen find it easy to get going against them. The temperatures in Dhaka seem to be on the lower side and there is no real threat of rain for the five days to come. The only problem that one could foresee in this part of the world is that bad light could come into play with fog at the start of the day’s play and then towards the end, the light likely to quickly fade away.
Bangladesh Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim (C&WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Abul Hasan, Junaid Siddique, Rubel Hossain, Elias Sunny, Shahriar Nafees, Sohag Gazi, Naeem Islam, Nazimuddin, Shahadat Hossain
West Indies Squad: Kieran Powell, Chris Gayle, Assad Fudadin, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Darren Sammy (C), Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Tino Best, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach