Bangladesh national cricket team has flown towards the Caribbean to play the full series comprised of two Test matches, three one day internationals and three T20 international matches. The airplane carrying the Tigers took off from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1.40 a.m. on Saturday. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃম্যানেজার আর মিরাজকে ছাড়াই টাইগারদের উইন্ডিজ যাত্রা]
Prolific all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will join with the team in the second transit of New York where he has been staying during Eid vacation. The plane will land in Antigua from New York.
On the gloomy side of starting the series, two of the cricketers in the squad Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Ariful Haque could not make their ways with rest of the members of the team because of visa complications. Newly appointed manager Sabbir Khan also stays out of the team as he did not receive Caribbean visa on time.
It is reported that Mehedi Hasan Miraz will receive his visa in the coming working day and will fly to the Caribbean soon after.
The series will start with the Test matches, scheduled to start from 4th of July in Antigua.
Most importantly, after a prolong period of time, Bangladesh national team has come under the caretaking of a head coach. The former England wicket keeper batsman Steven John Rhodes joined with the team several weeks ago. The 54 year old coach has expressed his high hopes for the forthcoming international assignment.
Bangladesh last head coach Chandika Hathurusingha left his responsibility just after the tour to South Africa in September last year.
Bangladesh Test squad for the Windies series:
Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Abu Jayed Rahi, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Shafiul Islam.
Stand by: Yasin Arafat Mishu, Abu Hider Rony, Naeem Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.
Match schedules of Bangladesh versus Windies:
Preparation match: 28-29 June (Antigua)
First Test match: 04-08 July (Antigua)
Second Test match: 12-16 July (Antigua)
One day international series:
Preparation match: 19 July (Jamaica)
First One day international match: 22nd July (Guyana)
Second one day international match: 25th July (Guyana)
Third one day international match: 28th July (St. Kitts and Nevis)
T20 international series:
First T20 international match: 31st July (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Second T20 international match: 4th August (Florida, United States)
Third T20 international match: 5th August (Florida, United States)