West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo is excited about having a full-strength side at his disposal when they face Bangladesh in the first match of the Dhaka Bank Cup three-match One-Day International Series bowling off at 9 a.m. today at Grenada National Stadium.
Bravo said that his team is one of the better ODI sides they have had in recent times with Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle all set to take the field.
Gayle has not played an ODI since November last year while Roach is returning from injury.
The ODI series bowls off just four days after the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 final.
Bravo is looking forward to a “the beginning of something different” for his team as they start building towards next year’s ICC World Cup.
“I always look forward to every series. I am excited about the One-day team selected. We are ten games away from the 2015 World Cup so this is part of our preparation and it is an opportunity for us to start back winning cricket games and winning series.
“The talent is there but we have not been able to be as consistent as we should be as a team and now this is the beginning of something different,” said the West Indies ODI skipper.
Speaking about the inclusion of Roach, Rampaul, Narine and Gayle in his team Bravo said: “I am very happy all those players are playing cricket and are fit and available and it is going to make our team and the competition a lot more tougher but at the same time it is good that we can play our best 11 with two good fast bowlers, quality spinners and players who can bat deep.”
Since taking the reins from Darren Sammy, Bravo have led the West Indies to three ODI victories in seven matches this year with the skipper himself leading the charge with the bat and ball.
Lendl Simmons, the CPLT20 leading run scorer will add some fire to their top-order batting while Narine, Rampaul, Roach and Holder are expected to the do the damage with the ball.
While they will have their best to choose from, the home team start the series with a cloud of uncertainty over coach Ottis Gibson’s future with the side.
For the visitors, they are winless so far this year, losing nine out of ten matches with the other ending in a no result and the absence of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who is on a six-month suspension will do little to help Mushfiqur Rahim’s team.
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mithun Ali, Rubel Hossain, Shamsur Rahman.