Cricket West Indies (CWI) have named 13-man squad for two Tests against Bangladesh in Antigua and Jamaica. The series kicks off on Wednesday. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশ সিরিজের জন্য উইন্ডিজ টেস্ট দল ঘোষণা]
Jason Holder will lead the hosts in the series. Windies have fiery quicks Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, who bowled well against Sri Lanka in three Tests at home recently. Holder himself grabbed nine wickets in D/N Barbados Test. Gabriel took 13-for in the second Test against the Lankans in St Lucia.
Alzarri Joseph, who took four wickets against Bangladesh in warm-up, didn’t find a place while Keemo Paul has. Shimron Hetmyer is in the squad after scoring 123 against Bangladesh in two-day practice match. Devon Smith has held his place in the squad after returning back to squad in SL series.
The first Test will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua from July 4. Jamaica’s Sabina Park in Kingston will host the second and final Test on July 12.
Bangladesh are currently ahead of Windies in the Test rankings. Windies are at No.9 while the Tigers at their all-time best No.8 with 75 points. Bangladesh can still retain their position if they draw the series but winning the series will consolidate their position in the rankings.
Windies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith
Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Liton Das, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Rubel Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Abu Jayed Rahi, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shafiul Islam