Ramdin: Windies not taking Bangladesh lightly
Vice captain Denesh Ramdin says the West Indies will not be taking Bangladesh for granted.
The West Indian players are already in Dhaka and will meet the home side in the first of two test matches at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, starting next Tuesday.
Ramdin, no stranger to the role of Windies vice captain, says winning the first test is an important strategy for the visitors.
"[Bangladesh] are a team that on any given day can come and put up a good fight," Ramdin told WICB Media.
"We are not going to take them lightly. They have good players, but we are going to play hard. They are favourites in their home conditions, but we are confident that all will go well for us on this tour."
The second test begins on November 21 at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in the south-western city of Khulna, to be followed by five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.
Ramdin has described the playing conditions in Bangladesh as similar to the Caribbean.
The Windies squad includes off-spinner Sunil Narine on his first trip to Bangladesh and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul on his debut tour with the senior squad.
"It is very important that we start well and not take them lightly," said Ramdin. "We have some good players in the fray, like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and hopefully they can give us the impetus to do well in this series."
The West Indies cricketers are still on a high following their sensational win over Sri Lanka to claim the ICC World Twenty/20 title, last month.
"We would like to win this series," said the Windies wicketkeeper, "but it will depend on the weather. Hopefully, we can all prepare well and adapt quickly to the conditions. It is very important that we keep the momentum from winning the World T20 going. Whatever the case, we will all have to adapt to the conditions. I believe we have the capability of playing longer innings, and all of us want to get out onto the field and be successful."