Windies seek to end ODI se­ries drought in Bangladesh

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

DHAKA: The West In­dies are look­ing to end their four-year wait for a one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries win when they take on hosts Bangladesh start­ing to­day.

Stand-in skip­per Rov­man Pow­ell said win­ning the three-match se­ries in Bangladesh would give his side the per­fect boost ahead of the World Cup next year, for which they had to qual­ify af­ter fail­ing to se­cure one of the eight au­to­matic berths.

“We haven’t won an ODI se­ries in a long time,” Pow­ell told re­porters yes­ter­day ahead of the first game in Dhaka. “The guys are up­beat and rar­ing to go. No bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to change it in Bangladesh.”

“It will be good to get the se­ries win un­der our belt” be­fore the World Cup, Pow­ell added. The West In­dies were hu­mil­i­ated by Bangladesh in the pre­ced­ing Test se­ries, with the home side wrap­ping up both matches in­side three days.

The Caribbean side last won an ODI

se­ries in 2014 when they beat Bangladesh 3-0 at home. They have since lost 11 se­ries and drew against min­nows Afghanistan last year. The streak in­cludes a 2-1 loss to Bangladesh in July at home and a 3-1 loss to In­dia in Oc­to­ber.

Pow­ell, who will be lead­ing the side in the ab­sence of the in­jured Ja­son Holder, said the Test de­feats to Bangladesh are in the past. “We are fo­cused on white­ball cricket. (The) guys are mo­ti­vated and up­beat and hope­fully we can get best pos­si­ble re­sult,” he said.

“Both teams have good spin­ners, fast bowlers and bat­ters. It will be a very com­pet­i­tive se­ries.” Bangladesh have been boosted by the re­turn of bats­man Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who both missed the ODI se­ries against Zim­babwe in Oc­to­ber be­cause of in­jury. Shakib played in the Tests against the West In­dies and was named man-ofthe-se­ries, while Tamim show­cased his abil­i­ties with a blis­ter­ing 107 off 73 balls in Thurs­day’s 51-run warm-up match win over the vis­i­tors.

“Ob­vi­ously hav­ing Shakib, Tamim in the team is a big ad­van­tage for us,” said Bangladesh cap­tain Mashrafe Mor­taza. “In the prac­tice game, Tamim played bril­liantly which is a great re­lief for Tamim as well as for us,” added Mashrafe, who is set to be­come the first Bangladeshi to play 200 ODIs to­day. — AFP

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