Bangladesh wants to do a ~~David~~ in Windies

Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 14:23 [IST]
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Kingstown:Bangladesh commence their first, but brief cricket tour of the Caribbean, when they face a West Indies Cricket Board XI in a One-day practice match prior to the opening One-day International of a best-of-three series against West Indies.

After spending the last few days getting acclimatised to Caribbean conditions, Bangladesh will be looking to make a winning start to their tour and send an early warning signal to Brian Lara's side that they do not intend to be pushovers in the coming weeks.

Though Australia-born coach Dav Whatmore has highlighted the growing competitive spirit within his side, Bangladesh are the unchallenged minnows of international cricket and will be hoping to create a stir against a West Indies side that has been as unpredictable as the Caribbean weather of late.

Habibul Bashar's side is looking to reverse an ODI record that only coughs up four wins from 85 matches played and they will be hoping to use this warm-up match to get themselves razor sharp for West Indies.

Two late changes have been made to the WICB'S XI for the match.

Fast bowler Jason Bennett is injured and will be replaced by left-arm medium-fast bowler Pedro Collins, while Narsingh Deonarine's and David Bernard's unavailability makes room for left-hander Austin Richards.

Dinesh Ramdin, the captain of the Young West Indies side that reached the ICC Youth World Cup Bangladesh 2007, will lead the WICB XI. Lendl Simmons, another member of that side, has also been included.

The side also includes experienced opener Wavell Hinds, who is returning from an injury layoff that forced him to miss the preceding England visit to the Caribbean, and fellow senior internationals Sylvester Joseph, Ryan Hinds, Carlton Baugh and Jermaine Lawson.

The Arnos Vale pitch is usually on the slow side for One-day matches. It means batsmen will likely have to graft and bowlers will have to toil long and hard for wickets.

WICB XI: Dinesh Ramdin (captain), Carlton Baugh, Pedro Collins, Ryan Hinds, Wavell Hinds, Sylvester Joseph, Jermaine Lawson, Austin Richards, Lendl Simmons, Dwight Washington, Kurt Wilkinson.

Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (captain), Rajin Saleh (vice-captain), Mohammed Ashraful, Tarek Aziz, Topash Baisya, Faisal Hossain, Shahriar Hossain, Manjural Islam, Ajok Kopali, Khaled Mahmud, Khaled Mashud, Mohammed Rafique, Mushfiqur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Hannan Sarker.

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