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Old December 11, 2012, 08:35 AM
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^ Windiefan, you're teetering close to the verge of trolling on this forum but you make an amusing point.

I thought you'd retort by saying that West Indies were playing their weakest XI as they weren't fielding Lara, Viv, Marshall and Holding.

But seriously, at the end of the day, the WI selectors put on the field, the players they thought would comprise their strongest XI in November-December 2012. That's all.

And let's see the NZ ODI performances of the three that you mention and feel could have made such a tremendous impact: Ramdin, Bravo and Charles

Ramdin: 14, DNB, DNB with 2 catches and 1 stumping
Bravo: 53, 18, 2 with 3 wickets and 3 catches
Charles: 15, 1, 15 with no catches

So, they might have been part of an ODI winning team but how integral a role did they play? Not very much it seems. A case can only be made for Bravo snr. but he, like Shakib, seems to have been sidelined by injury. So, on balance, you can see why the Windies selectors fielded this team - a team that they thought would do very well in BD. (And with regard to Test performance, they were right)

Also, all the press coverage leading up to the tour indicates that the Windies players and admin. - dunno about the fans - were not taking BD lightly. For reference:
Not taking Bangladesh lightly - Gayle
Permaul picked for Bangladesh Tests
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