WI vs BAN, 1st Test: Shakib Al Hasan looks to past glory as Bangladesh take on West Indies | Cricket News

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NORTH SOUND: The versatile Shakib Al Hasan leads a volatile Bangladesh side in the first Test against the West Indies on Thursday, looking to recapture the glory of his debut as captain 13 years ago.
In 2009, Shakib replaced the injured Mashrafe Mortaza as skipper for the second Test in Grenada and played a vital role in leading his side to a 2-0 series sweep against a depleted West Indies side.
Now it is the Bangladeshis who look uneasy and Shakib’s rehabilitation as Test captain was complete once Mominul Haque’s fall in batting form meant he could no longer continue in the role. and veteran wicket-beater keeper Mushfiqur Rahim withdrew from the Caribbean campaign.
West Indies have been inconsistent since leaving Bangladesh at the start of 2021 with an unexpected 2-0 series triumph, but enter the series as favorites after beating England earlier this year.
They will be spurred on by memories of Bangladesh’s last visit to Antigua in 2018 when the visitors were routed just 53 on the first morning on their way to innings defeats in both Tests of the series.
The West Indies captain then was Jason Holder who was replaced by Kraigg Brathwaite for the Bangladesh campaign 17 months ago after Holder pulled out due to fatigue and Covid 19 concerns.
Holder is out again after being granted leave from Cricket West Indies, which clears the way for Raymon Reifer to get another Testing opportunity.
West Indies are certain to field at least two rookies as their 12-man squad includes three uncapped players – fast middle bowler Anderson Phillip, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and goalkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas.
Phillip is one of four players in the squad returning from the three-match one-day international tour in Pakistan which ended on Sunday, along with fellow pace bowlers Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph, and the versatile Kyle Mayers.
It remains to be seen whether they will be able to recover in time after playing in the 45 degree Celsius heat and their long journey back to the Caribbean – the West Indies only assembled a full squad on Tuesday.
Bangladesh drew against a CWI chairman’s XI where they lost Yasir Ali to a back injury but were relieved by dressmaker Mustafizur Rahman taking three wickets in six overs to show they were ready to return to the testing scene after 12 months.
West Indies were given a boost on Wednesday when fast bowler Kemar Roach was added to the squad after recovering from an injury suffered at Surrey in the English County Championship.
Roach has 242 wickets in 72 Tests and is also the leading wicket-taker at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with 43 kills.
His career-best numbers of 6-48 came against Bangladesh in 2009, while his best numbers on the spot are 5-8, also against Bangladesh in 2018.
“It’s great that he’s fit for the test match,” West Indies coach Phil Simmons said.
“He’s still an inspiration to the young players we have here and he’s ready to go. With 250 wickets around the corner, we’re happy with what he brings to the table, not just on the field but also in the locker room.
“I’m glad he’s fit and I can’t wait to see him get out there and do what he does so well.”
The home side will be looking to build on the spirit and energy of their 10-wicket crush from England at Grenada two months ago.
Bangladesh also have recent success to inspire them, having recorded a stunning triumph over World Test champions New Zealand at Mount Maunganui earlier this year.
West Indies (likely): Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), John Campbell, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Devon Thomas, Joshua da Silva, Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Gudakesh Motie
Bangladesh (likely): Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain



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