Bangladesh is set to take on West Indies in a 3 ODI series starting on Wednesday, August 20.
The teams are set for the 1st ODI at the National Cricket Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada starting at 9:30 a.m. AST (7:30 p.m. BDT).
The match will be broadcast on ESPN in the West Indies, BTV in Bangladesh, and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
It will also be broadcast on Star Cricket and Star Sports in India, Ten Sports and Neo Cricket in Pakistan, MTV in Sri Lanka, Fox Sports in Australia, SuperSport in South Africa, and Ten Sports in the Middle East
Live streaming will be available via Watch ESPN, Gazi TV, and Sky Sports, among other broadcasters.
West Indies is dealing with a shock after coach Ottis Gibson abruptly left his position, which the West Indies Cricket Board later confirmed. Richie Richardson, team manager, will take on the role on an interim basis.
Mohammad Isam of CricInfo says that the series should be exciting as both sides have a lot to prove.
“The home side’s last assignment had them losing the three-match Test series against New Zealand and drawing the T20s. They haven’t won any series or tournament this year apart from a three-match T20 series against England and a one-off ODI against Ireland,” he reported.
“Under Dwayne Bravo, West Indies have now won three out of seven ODIs this year, and 11 out of 25 since he took over from Darren Sammy. Bravo himself has been the team’s best batsman and bowler this year, averaging 93.50 and taking 12 wickets in seven ODIs. But apart from Lendl Simmons, none of the other batsmen have even crossed 200 runs this year, while none have reached double-figures in the wickets column apart from left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, who has taken 10 wickets.
” They will also have the issue of the uncertainty over coach Ottis Gibson’s future on their minds. Since mid-July, the West Indies players have been busy in the Caribbean Premier League. The T20 tournament ended on August 16, four days before the first ODI. Simmons was the tournament’s top-scorer, with Chris Gayle in third position. Among the bowlers, Ravi Rampul was the leading wicket-taker and Sunil Narine the only other bowler in the ODI squad among the top ten.
“Bangladesh, meanwhile, are not the happiest cricket team in the world at the moment. They are in their favourite destination but in 2014, they have only drawn one Test against Sri Lanka and won two T20s, against Nepal and Afghanistan. They have a losing streak to break in one-day cricket, their favourite format, and several players including Tamim Iqbal are out of form. On top of everything for the visitors is the absence of Shakib Al Hasan due to a six-month suspension. The only solace in this case is that they beat West Indies 3-2 in 2012 without Shakib.
“Whether that will motivate them further is a different question, as the losses this year should be motivation enough for a turnaround. Two flawed teams can make for compelling viewing. For Bangladesh fans, it would mean staying up till the wee hours of the morning but that is an adventure that has given them a lot of pleasure in the past.”
The 2nd ODI is scheduled for Friday, August 22 while the 3rd ODI will be on Monday, August 25.
Following that, the teams will play an Only T20I, then a 2 Test Series.
See probable squads below, via CricInfo.
1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Jason Holder, 11 Kemar Roach
1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Abdur Razzak/Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Al-Amin Hossain