West Indies vs Bangladesh - First ODI
Wednesday January 20th, 2021 / 1:30am EST / 05:30 UK
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The West Indies begin their tour of Bangladesh on Wednesday January 20th, 2021 with the first ODI. The match will be played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh. This is sure to be a close and entertaining series between two teams that are close to each other in the ICC World Cricket Rankings. The last time they played, Bangladesh emerged victorious by 7 wickets. Will they extend that winning streak or will the West Indies settle the score?
The West Indies are travelling with a weakened side, as many players including captain Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks and others opting out due to COVID-19 related concerns. They have a largely inexperienced side, led by Jason Mohammed who is not even a staple of their ODI teams. That being said, they are still an explosive outfit that boasts players such as Alzarri Joseph and Rovman Powell and are not to be taken lightly. They certainly start this series as underdogs but one thing that they have going in their favour is that they have played international cricket recently while Bangladesh have not. They young and inexperienced West Indian players will no doubt be hungry to make a name for themselves on the international scene.
Bangladesh have become a formidable side in the shorter version of the game in recent years and will start this series as heavy favorites against a very inexperienced West Indies team. They also are welcoming back former skipper Shakib Al Hasan who is known as one of the premier all-rounders in world cricket, after a 1 year ban related to match fixing. They have not played international cricket in close to a year but many of their players have been participating in various leagues around the world so they should be in good form. They have a very strong bowling attack in particular led by Mustafizir Rahman and will be looking to restrict the West Indies batsmen. They have named a very experienced team for this series and will be backing themselves here.
While the West Indies are known to be a very explosive and unpredictable team, I think that they are simply too weak here. Many of their first choice players have opted out and their "B" side should be no match for an experienced Bangladesh team. Expect West Indies to put up a fight but ultimately be defeated here. Bangladesh to win.