After an emphatic series win against England at home, the Windies will now host Bangladesh for a full series as they look to be in contention for the world test championship and challenge the teams above them.
Antigua always has been a pacer friendly wicket and both West Indies and Bangladesh would like to experiment with their pace options. Azlarri Joseph and Jayden Seales would like to lead the bowling attack for the hosts in the absence of Shanon Gabriel and Kemar Roach. The batting too looks sure footed as they would want to make merry against a mediocre side.
Bangladesh, on the other hand will be keen to make a mark on the international scene as they have failed to so each time they tour a country. They have their best chance against a weakened West Indies side that is without key players like Jason Holder.
A good test match awaits as 6 vs 9 in the WTC table square off against each other in an intriguing series.
Bangladesh are coming off a series defeat against Sri Lanka, and they will be keen to avoid another one. Shakib, Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto will be keen to make their mark as they are not touring the caribbean islands for the first time. Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Taijul Islam hold the aces in the bowling and would like to put pressure on the batting line up of the hosts that are already without Jason Holder.
Windies, on the other hand, will bank on the trio of Kraigg Brathwaite, Nkumrah Bonner and Jermain Blackwood to score the runs. Raymon Reifer, Joshua Da Silva and newcomer Gudaksh Motie will hold the key as the West Indies look to continue to stamp their authority at home.
Key players to watch out for
Shakib AL Hasan – One of the leading all rounders in the world, Shakib will look to exploit the tracks in the Caribbean and pick up wickets at will.
Jermaine Blackwood – The gritty batsman scored runs against England and an encore beckons for him as the opposition is relatively simpler.
Alzarri Joseph – In the absence of Shanon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, Joseph will spearhead the attack and pick up key wickets.
Windies are likely to draw first blood in the series as home advantage always has been the key for the teams and Bangladesh have always struggled on away tours.
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Kraigg Brathwaite (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Joshua Da Silva, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Jayden Seales.
Mominul Haque (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hassan, Ebadot Hossain.
Match : West Indies vs Bangladesh, 1st Test 2022
Event : Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2022.
Venue : North Sound, Antigua
Date : 16th – 20th June 2022.
TIme : 07:30 PM IST/ 02:00 PM GMT
Lotus Fair Prediction : West Indies is Lotus Fair’s Prediction To win.