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Bangladesh in West Indies, 2009

Bulletin

Bangladesh make good start

On a rain interrupted first day, the openers gave Bangladesh a solid start in the 18.5 overs possible before more rain finally prompted an early close at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in Kingstown.

Facing a seccond-string West Indies side, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat. At stumps, Bangladesh were 42 without loss with Tamim Iqbal not out on 14 and Imrul Kayes not out on 26.

In the face of continiuous rain, play did not begin until after the scheduled lunch interval. Rain again prompted early tea and only 4.5 overs were possible in the third session.

Bangladesh handed Test debuts to Mahmudullah and fast bowler Rubel Hossain, both of whom have played ODIs for them. This is the first Test for Bangladesh under the leadership of new captain Mashrafe Mortaza and new vice-captain Shakib al Hassan.

The West Indies Cricket Board was forced to assemble a new-look side after a conract dispute led to its leading players boycott the first Test. The team features 7 newcomers and is being led by left-handed batsman Floyd Reifer from Barbados. Darren Sammy has been appointmened the vice-captain, and is the only player in this 11 who have been part of the West Indies squad this past year.

 
 

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