The Bangladesh cricket team Dhaka on Monday for the Caribbean for a five week tour of the West Indies. This will be the first series under the leadership of new captain Mashrafe Murtaza and vice-captain Sakib Al Hasan.
This will be the 2nd away series in the West Indies since the 2004 when Bangladesh was able to draw the first Test at Gros Islet on the back of centuries by Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Rafique and Khaled Mashud. This will be the first time the team will be playing the longer version of the game and for much of the team this will be their first tour of the Caribbean.
Speaking on the eve of departure, Mashrafe said that he was looking forward to leading Bangladesh and expressed hope that â€œall of us will try their best though we did not play well in the World Twenty20, but we are still capable of doing better and if we show that in the first match it will help to regain our confidenceâ€.
Coach Jamie Siddons felt that the wickets in the West Indies would suit the batsmen, medium pacers and spinners and that â€œhere is plenty to look forward to on this tourâ€.
They begin the tour with a three-way warm-up match in Barbados on July 3. The first Test begins July 9 at St. Vincent and the second on July 17 at Granada. The three ODI are scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 followed by the one-off Twenty20 on August 2.
The team will then travel to Zimbabwe to play five one-day internationals from August 5-19 in Bulawayo.
For a complete coverage of the tour, visit BanglaCricketâ€™s tour section