West Indies captain aims ODI series win
After serving the mandatory three-day in-room isolation, the touring Caribbean cricketers started training in Bangladesh for the first time on Thursday (January 14). After the practice session, their stand-in ODI captain Jason Mohammed has talked to the media.
The 34-year-old expressed his optimism to win the series, though he knows his team is not quite experienced compared to their Bangladeshi counterparts.
“Of course our target is to win the series and play consistent cricket,” said Mohammed, who has so far played only 28 ODIs for West Indies, but has the previous experience of leading them in the 20-over format.
12 West Indies cricketers, including Test skipper Jason Holder and Kieron Pollard, the ODI and T20I captain, have declined to tour Bangladesh, with at least 10 of them citing COVID-19 fears.
However, Mohammed expects the lack of experience in the team will not be much of an issue when the competition rolls onto the ground.
“We have a lot of young faces in the team, some of them will make their debut. Obviously my job will be to make them calm and relax as much as possible, and guide them well, specially on the field.
“I don’t think (a captain) has much to do on the international level. Everyone knows their game well. We just need to make good plans and execute them,” said Mohammed.
Acknowledging Bangladesh’s strength at home, the West Indies captain said his team is ready to take the challenge. “They (Bangladesh) are good side. They play well in white ball cricket, and now they are playing at home. But we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Mohammed has played his last ODI match back in July 2018 against Bangladesh, and now after such a long lay-off he is back in the team, that too as the captain. When asked about this, the Trinidadian said he will try to make best of the opportunity.
“I have been out for two years, so it’s obviously difficult. But I personally look forward to the challenge. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to have a good series so that when the first-string team is back, I can get my place back in that team.”