The much-awaited Bangladesh vs West Indies is supposed to begin on the 20th of January. The BAN vs WI 1st ODI is to be played on the 20th of January, 2021 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium of Dhaka, also known as the Mirpur Stadium.
The series will be part of the global initiative to resume sports amidst the pandemic and is bound to bring a relaxed smile to the faces of many cricket fans all over the world. The players of both the squad are being made to live in bio-bubbles and have to follow all the safety precautions.
Bangladesh vs West Indies Preview
BAN vs WI will be the first match of the three-match ODI series that shall be played in the West Indies tour of Bangladesh. This will be the first series that Bangladesh will be playing since the pandemic began in March 2020. This will be followed by a two-match test series.
The West Indian side had previously toured Bangladesh in 2018-19. They lost the test series 2-0 and failed to clinch the following ODI series. However, they were successful in the T20 series. The visitors would therefore be quite eager to prove themselves on Bangladeshi soil.
BAN vs WI 1st ODI Pitch Report & Playing XI
Sher-E- Bangla Stadium, like most of its subcontinental counterparts, boasts of a dry and spinning wicket. However, efforts have been made in recent times to make the pitch more batting friendly due to the high-scoring nature of the game now. It remains to be seen how the pitch is for the first ODI.
Bangladesh and West Indies have both announced 18 member squads for the matches. Going by the recent reports, this Bangladesh vs West Indies series has not been very kind on the visitors. Bangladesh has announced its squad. Its premier all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan is returning to the squad. This is going to be his comeback series and he is going to bat in the middle order.
The number three position is going to be occupied by Najmul Hossain Shanto, a promising young left-handed batsman. The experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal will be captaining the side and will probably also be opening for the team. Three newcomers to the team will also be under the spotlight – Shoriful Islam, Hassan Mahmud, and Mahedi Hassan.
Left arm pacer Islam has been known for his performance in the U-19 World Cup and has been touted by many as one of the most promising fast bowling talents of the country. Mahmud, a fast bowler and Hassan, an off-spinning all-rounder have both played for Bangladesh earlier in T20Is.
Fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain have been included in the side as well after a long time. On the other hand, West Indies has been facing a host of problems since they arrived. Their side, which is being led by Jason Mohammed, is quite inexperienced, and the captain will have to choose from a host of uncapped players to include in the playing XI.
Leg Spinner Hayden Walsh has been ruled out of the series after having tested positive for COVID-19. Among the new faces, one should watch out for batsman Kjorn Ottley and left-arm orthodix spinner Akeal Hosein.
Bangladesh vs West Indies Match Prediction
A prediction about the Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st ODI is going to be tough. However, the chances appear to be tilted in Bangladesh’s favour. Bangladesh is known for being a side that is quite strong at home and that is bound to be reflected in the BAN VS WI 1st ODI.
It also has a host of experienced players in Shakib-Al-Hassan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim. On the other hand, West Indies appears to have a largely inexperienced squad since most of its senior players pulled out of the tour citing concerns related to the pandemic. However, West Indies is known for being the team which never gives up without a proper fight.
The teams are hungry for success. Bangladesh would be aiming to further their reputation as a team that no longer causes an “upset win”, while West Indies would be looking to bounce back after its tour of New Zealand. Moreover, the BAN vs WI 1st ODI would be the first match of the host country since the beginning of the pandemic. The expectations would make this match a memorable watch for cricket enthusiasts.