West Indies tour of Bangladesh, 2020-21

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Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran among ten WI players to pull out of Bangladesh tour

As this story explains, the West Indies are going to be very depleted. It could be like 2009 all over again.

Test Squad

:wi: :bat: Kraigg Brathwaite :c:

:wi: :bat: Jermaine Blackwood
:wi: :bat: Nkrumah Bonner (is he the backup keeper then?)
:wi: :bat: John Campbell
:wi: :bat: Shayne Moseley

:wi: :wk: Josh Da Silva

:wi: :ar: Kavem Hodge
:wi: :ar: Kyle Mayers

:wi: :bwl: Shannon Gabriel
:wi: :bwl: Alzarri Joseph
:wi: :ar: Raymon Reifer
:wi: :bwl: Kemar Roach

:wi: :ar: Rahkeem Cornwall
:wi: :bwl: Veerasammy Permaul
:wi: :bwl: Jomel Warrican

ODI Squad

:wi: :bat: Jason Mohammed :c:

:wi: :bat: Sunil Ambris
:wi: :bat: Nkrumah Bonner
:wi: :bat: Andre McCarthy
:wi: :ar: Rovman Powell

:wi: :wk: Josh Da Silva
:wi: :wk: Jahmar Hamilton

:wi: :ar: Kyle Mayers
:wi: :ar: Kjorn Ottley

:wi: :bwl: Chemar Holder
:wi: :bwl: Alzarri Joseph
:wi: :ar: Raymon Reifer
:wi: :ar: Romario Shepherd

:wi: :ar: Akeal Hosein
:wi: :bwl: Hayden Walsh

@qpeedore - Eesh
 

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I don't know what special Jason Mohammed have done for West Indies to be named as an ODI Captain. You have someone like Rovman Powell who have made crucial contributions for this team under pressure situations in white ball Cricket and you ignore him for a player who hardly makes this side. Sounds ridiculous!!! Even Ambris was a better choice but instead he becomes Mohammed's deputy.
 

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This is going to be bad. Really bad. This probably wasn't a player-by-player choice either, it was probably the entire group of them who agreed to withdraw all at once.

While I won't particularly blame them for withdrawing "due to concerns about Covid" it's pretty interesting that Holder and Pooran will be playing in the BBL at least almost up until the first Test.

Don't bring up 2009 again, ever. About the only good thing that came out of that tour was Kemar Roach.

As to the squad...

Test Squad

:wi: :bat: Kraigg Brathwaite :c: - Needs form, but since both Holder and Chase are out, we'll have to see how he handles the captaincy. I've never really seen him in charge, so it will be interesting to see the tactical side of things from him. I suppose he'll have to find form on this tour.

:wi: :bat: Jermaine Blackwood - Well, he has to play, doesn't he? Our best batsman in NZ, and one of the better ones in England, he showed that he has what it takes to be patient and build a score rather than his usual smash and grab. He'll need that on what will likely be slow, low wickets.

:wi: :bat: Nkrumah Bonner - Dunno. I wanted him to debut in NZ because then he'd have had the senior guys around to build off of. Dunno if I would debut him here, but we might just have to.

:wi: :bat: John Campbell - Woefully short of form. A much better ODI player. This is his series to prove to the selectors that he belongs in Tests.

:wi: :bat: Shayne Moseley - He had a decent First Class season, but in the last A game in NZ he really stepped up. I won't mind seeing him get a game.

:wi: :wk: Josh Da Silva - He's going to be spending some time standing up to the spinners, he has to get rid of any nerves he had in his debut match and get on with his primary job. He's a good batsman, but if you leak runs in the field by dropping catches or missing stumpings, any runs he makes won't matter.

:wi: :ar: Kavem Hodge - I know what was said in the article, but he's really there to make up the numbers. He's barely even a hit-or-miss player. He'll be ferrying drinks, gloves, et al.

:wi: :ar: Kyle Mayers - He's there or thereabouts, his value is more on form. He's an okay-ish bowler and a decent-ish batsman. Maybe slightly edging toward batsman more than bowler. Had a good last First Class tournament, so he may get picked.

:wi: :bwl: Shannon Gabriel - Has to play.

:wi: :bwl: Alzarri Joseph - See above.

:wi: :ar: Raymon Reifer - Actually has a Test cap. Do we need a fourth seamer in Bangladesh? Or do we need more or a batsman? I see him as a replacement if one of the three first-line seamers gets injured or needs to be rested (Gabriel, I'm looking at you).

:wi: :bwl: Kemar Roach - See Joseph, Gabriel. He's our best bowler.

:wi: :ar: Rahkeem Cornwall - He'll likely play. We need more than one spinner in the team, and he's shown how effective he can be on subcontinent pitches.

:wi: :bwl: Veerasammy Permaul - Well, where did this blast from the past show up? He does have Test experience though, and he debuted against Bangladesh and didn't do THAT terribly against them.

:wi: :bwl: Jomel Warrican - He's not bad, but I'd call him more steady than penetrative with his bowling. Then again, he does have two 4-wicket hauls in Tests.

In my opinion, they picked way too many bowlers and not enough batsmen. Pretty much all the batsmen have to play, including debutants, while there are a few bowlers missing out.

Possible Test squad

Kraigg Brathwaite (c)
John Campbell
Nkrumah Bonner
Jermaine Blackwood
Shayne Moseley/Kyle Mayers
Joshua Da Silva (wk)
Rahkeem Cornwall
Alzarri Joseph
Jomel Warrican/Veerasammy Permaul
Kemar Roach
Shannon Gabriel

That batting...ugh. The less said about it the better. I want to see Blackwood move up the order, and putting him between the two debutants is probably best, although the middle order pretty much will have next to no international experience save for Blackwood. Being Bangladesh, you need two spinners. You just do. You can't pretend that you're playing one and throw the ball to a random part-timer to make up the rest of overs.

Although, being the West Indies, that's exactly what they'll do. They'll pick Cornwall alone and claim that Bonner and Brathwaite can pick up the slack, that way they can play an extra batsman. I'll be watching as it backfires spectacularly.

ODI Squad

:wi: :bat: Jason Mohammed :c: - This choice I like. He has the experience at international level without actually ever getting a run in the team. He's been good for Trinidad and Tobago over the years. Doesn't really ever steal the show, but he's consistent and I'll take that.

:wi: :bat: Sunil Ambris - He's not been on the radar for a few months but he's a good ODI player for sure.

:wi: :bat: Nkrumah Bonner - I'd much rather see Bonner in an ODI than a Test.

:wi: :bat: Andre McCarthy - He's been around for quite some time and his name always gets a mention, but never made it anywhere. I'd like to see him get a match or two.

:wi: :ar: Rovman Powell - He hasn't lived up the massive potential he once had, but he has to play, I suppose.

:wi: :wk: Josh Da Silva - Beats Hamilton for the gloves anyday.

:wi: :wk: Jahmar Hamilton - I dunno how it will work, since technically it's all one touring party and all. I would have expected him to stay on and cover for the Tests in case Da Silva got injured, but what do I know?

:wi: :ar: Kyle Mayers - I was sketchy about him in the Tests but I'm interested in seeing him in the ODI squad.

:wi: :ar: Kjorn Ottley - Making up numbers.

:wi: :bwl: Chemar Holder - Should play at least a couple games.

:wi: :bwl: Alzarri Joseph - See above

:wi: :ar: Raymon Reifer - Same

:wi: :ar: Romario Shepherd - I don't like this guy. I am not denying that he has decent stats, but something about him just seems...bleh...to me. He might get a game.

:wi: :ar: Akeal Hosein - I'm going to be looking forward to seeing him. He's really good in limited overs.

:wi: :bwl: Hayden Walsh - Ditto.

The ODIs are different. I expect them to rotate and play pretty much everyone over the three games, so I won't give a team. But I'll say that I have more confidence in the ODI team than I do in the Test team. We can actually be competitive with that roster. As to why Mohammed is the captain, the experience. Mohammed has been playing cricket for far longer and he gets the captaincy simply based on that. I don't mind the choice. Powell has done nothing of note for years and has repeatedly been given the chance to.
 

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Mohammed has been playing cricket for far longer and he gets the captaincy simply based on that. I don't mind the choice. Powell has done nothing of note for years and has repeatedly been given the chance to.
Well that's fine but Powell have shown glimpses that he can handle pressure in some of the matches but I also that agree you don't make him a Captain for that. I remember one of the knocks from Jason Mohammad where he scored 91 not out against Pakistan in a match where the West Indies would've struggled to even score 200 runs. So his experience does help. Looking at the squad I wouldn't mind anyone being the Captain but I am a little worried from the performance point of view.
 

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Plus, you're not putting him under any extra pressure. Him being captain as well as having to focus on his own batting and bowling, especially away from home, is a lot. He didn't do that well with bat or ball the last time he was in Bangladesh for the West Indies, and he was captain then. So, the past does come up to haunt you sometimes.
 

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Well, count Walsh Jr. out of the ODI series.


I think he'd have been very effective on the pitches in Bangladesh, but now it's going to mainly be up to the left arm orthodox of Hosein. We might have to have Bonner and Mohammed make up 10 overs between them as well. Mohammed isn't that terrible of a bowler, but I wouldn't exactly call him top-class. At his best he's perhaps something like Sarwan, or maybe Chanderpaul back in the early 90s...relatively handy, might get you a wicket or two, but not what you'd call a frontline spinner. Bonner also isn't someone you'd term as frontline, but he does get wickets on a regular basis. They'll probably end up playing Kjorn Ottley in at least two games because he's the only other real proper spin option. But he isn't quite ready for the step up yet. I don't think he'll do well.

Sigh.

Then again, I really hope that the team is looking on at this Australia/India match. Even though it's a Test, due to injuries, India have been forced to play something of a bits-and-pieces eleven. And look at how well they are doing so far. They're pretty much playing a "best of the rest" eleven in this match, and I'll give it to them, they're not taking this lying down at all. It's 1.14am local time in Trinidad and I should be very much asleep at the moment, but looking at Shardul and Washington (awesome name)...wow, they are taking the bowling attack to their limit.

My team needs to look on at this and realise that they deserve to be at the top, just like this Indian squad. This isn't about what has happened before, this is about what will happen. Clive Lloyd has that exact opinion.


That letter was...filled with emotion. And I love every line of it.

Bangladesh aren't the pushovers they once were, and we're playing away from home without some key players. Now it's time to step up and show what we're made of.
 

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Windies already 56-4. It’s gonna be a tough tour. Bangladesh at home are very good, but if you’re missing your best players, it’s even harder.
 

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Shakib ripping apart the Windies. Just a regular workday... ***yawn***
 

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