West Indies vs. Bangladesh, 1st Test: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

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West Indies vs. Bangladesh, 1st Test: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview
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After comprehensively losing the ODI series, Bangladesh could have their work cut out against a strong-looking West Indies Test line-up that includes the intimidating Chris Gayle at the top of the order.

But given that these two teams are both ranked in the bottom three of the ICC Test Championship Rankings, is it guaranteed that the Caribbean Islanders are going to fill their boots?

Let's take a closer look at the sides ahead of this two-game series' opening Test in St Vincent.

 

Venue: Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent

Date: Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Start time: 10 a.m. local time, 15:00 a.m. BST

Weather: According to bbc.com/weather, a mixed bag of conditions awaits with thunderstorms possible at any time among the usual tropical heat.

Live stream/TV Info: The match is scheduled to be broadcast live on BTV in Bangladesh. Caribbean station and other TV providers unknown at time of writing.

 

Preview

Although this fixture lacks a little glamour and will pass with barely a ripple among many of the sport's followers, both teams have plenty of players with points to prove.

Captaining the West Indies is a precarious job these days, and the current incumbent Denesh Ramdin could really do with a win to stamp his authority on the side. 

Since taking over from Darren Sammy in May, the wicketkeeper has presided over a mixed set of results, including a 2-1 Test series defeat to New Zealand. But as evidenced by his stunning 169 in the third ODI recently, the leadership hasn't overly burdened his stroke play.

Speaking of big hitters, the presence of Gayle and run-machine Shivnarine Chanderpaul in Clive Lloyd's first squad since being appointed chairman of selectors, will send shivers down the spine of an extremely inexperienced Bangladesh attack.

However, Sunil Narine (and Andre Russell) has opted to play in the Champions League Twenty20 competition instead of representing his country, thus opening the door for Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford to cement their roles in the spin department.

Beleaguered and battered in the ODI series, how Bangladesh must wish they could name Shakib Al Hasan in their Test line-up. But, despite the all-rounder's six-month ban being lifted by the BCB, he isn't available for selection until mid-September.

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So the Tigers go into the sport's most intense and challenging format looking fairly lightweight, especially with the ball.

Usual spearhead Mashrafe Mortaza has departed after the ODI series leaving perhaps Robiul Islam and Shafiul Islam, who boast just 31 Test wickets between them, to take the new ball.

While their normally abundant array of spin options also seems depleted as evidenced by the recent call-up of Elias Sunny who wasn't even named in the Bangladesh A squad for a clash with Zimbabwe A later this month.

Still, the Tigers can take heart from their batting display in the recent three-day game against St Kitts and Nevis last week. Thanks to centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain, they racked up 377 runs in their first innings and looked comfortable.

Of course, whether they can post similar numbers against a Test-calibre attack remains to be seen.

The Windies won both contests of the last Test series between the sides which took place in Bangladesh during November 2012.

But one of the Asian country's most memorable cricketing achievements came in 2009 when they won 2-0 in the Caribbean. Although, to be fair, their hosts were badly affected by a player strike that impacted their ranks.

 

Test form (latest left to right)

West Indies: LWLLLD

Bangladesh: DLDDWL

 

Squads

West Indies (from): Denesh Ramdin (capt), Sulieman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Christopher Gayle, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor

 

Bangladesh (from): Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Elias Sunny, Enamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Al-Amin Hossain, Robiul Islam, Mominul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Muktar Ali, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam, Marshall Ayub, Jubair Likhon, Shuvagata Hom

 

Players to Watch

West Indies

At the ripe old age of 40, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to show incredible powers of concentration and the man from Guyana will be licking his lips at the prospect of a long innings or two here. An incredible average of 51.88 across 266 Test innings shows how successful he has been and those Hall of Fame-type numbers could be boosted even further in the next few days.

 

Bangladesh

So good they named him just once, Mahmudullah is an interesting player and his all-round skills could be crucial if Bangladesh are to be competitive. Although his statistics aren't overly impressive, the 28-year-old is something of a course specialist with 12 of his 31 Test wickets coming in the Caribbean. He is also capable of hitting a long ball if he gets his eye in.

 

Who will win?

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Prediction

It is very difficult to see the West Indies getting beat here. If the game was staged in Bangladesh then Mushfiqur's men would obviously have much more of a chance, but everything seems to be in Ramdin's men's favour. So, given their weak bowling line-up, an innings win for the Caribbean Islanders is a distinct possibility.

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