Saturday 4 July, 2020

Gayle rested as WI, Bangladesh begin T20I series on Tuesday

After a surprised defeat in the One-Day International (ODI) series, West Indies will look to bounce back in the three-match T20I series, a format in which they are known to play with more flamboyance, starting at Warner Park in St Kitts on Tuesday.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.

West Indies will start favourite despite the absence of destructive opener Chris Gayle. The Caribbean side has  plenty of firepower to call upon such as Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell and the returning Andre Russell. Chadwick Walton and Denesh Ramdin are also big hitters.

Samuel Badree, Sheldon Cottrell, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul and Kesrick Williams will form the bowling attack along with Russell and Brathwaite. 

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, says “we have rested Chris Gayle and have added left-arm pacer, Sheldon Cottrell for variety to the bowling attack. The team reflects the last squad that performed well in the charity match in the UK.”

Going forward, the panel thinks the talent pool for the T20 version is widening and acknowledges “the strong performances of the young players in the Windies B team during the T20 series in the Canada’s Global T20 League and this augurs well for our T20 game.”

Head Coach, Stuart Law has not hidden his disappointment in the 1-2 loss in the ODI but is “optimistic that the players are beginning to understand the direction they need to go. The players are gradually working harder and we expect the results to turn in our favor.”

Bangladesh have been bolstered with the presence of their premier fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman who returns to the side after missing the T20 series against Afghanistan in June due to a toe injury suffered while playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in May.

The 22-year-old has taken 35 wickets in 25 matches for Bangaldesh in the shortest format of the game.

Mustafizur replaces Abul Hasan in the squad.

West Indies (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Andre Fletcher, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Denesh Ramdin, 5 Andre Russell, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Ashley Nurse, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Kesrick Williams.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Liton Das, 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Soumya Sarkar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Ariful Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mustafizur Rahman, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Abu Jayed.

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