Richardson says West Indies ready for Bangladesh challenge

Richie Richardson said West Indies are aiming to move up in the ICC rankings AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dhaka: Oct 5, 2011

West Indies team manager Richie Richardson said the Caribbean team promises exciting brand of cricket in the coming weeks during their Bangladesh tour, where they play two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and a T20 International.

Richardson said West Indies are aiming to win the upcoming contests and continue to climb up the ICC rankings.

He said, “Bangladesh can be a tough side especially playing at home in favourable conditions. They are a force to be reckoned with and have some good players in their team. But we believe we can beat them. Our players are in good form and we are really looking forward to the upcoming series. I believe you will see an exciting brand of cricket from the West Indies team over the coming weeks.”

West Indies arrived on Tuesday night in Dhaka after their one-week training camp at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, and are expected to start training from Wednesday at the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Academy grounds.

“We expect a very competitive tour here in Bangladesh. We don’t expect it to be easy, but we know we have the players with the skills to come here and be successful and beat Bangladesh. We have done our homework. We will be ready for whatever combinations we come up against, be it spin or seam or pace,” he added.

The last time when the two teams locked horns was during the ICC 2011 World Cup, which the West Indies won by nine wickets after bowling out the hosts for 58 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

“That result was uplifting for us. When we arrived in Dhaka there was a lot of hype for that match and to win the way we did, dismissing Bangladesh in double figures, was a huge boost for the team. We played exceptionally well and that is the way we would like to play every game. We will draw on performances like that as we look to quickly get acclimatised to the foreign conditions,” Richardson said.

“We have some good young cricketers in our squad as well as some experienced players who have done well for the West Indies over the years so this tour is a good opportunity for them to demonstrate their skills in the coming matches,” he added.

West Indies Squads:

Limited-overs: Darren Sammy (c), Adrian Barath, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.

Tests: Darren Sammy (c), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Keiran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford.