26th May: Chennai S. Kings v Mumbai I, 14:30 GMT
24th-28th May: 2nd Test, Headingley
West Indies cricket has been thrown into turmoil over the last couple of weeks with strikes from 14 senior players threatening to damage cricket in the Caribbean considerably.
The second string team performed admirably having been thrown together at the last moment, however were unable to avoid handing Bangladesh their first ever Test win away from home.
Bangladesh have shown so much potential over the years since they were granted Test status, but they flatter to deceive having won only two matches in their first 60 Test matches. However, a win against the West Indies, no matter that it is a second string team, is a significant achievement for Test cricket’s newest member.
The row between the WICB and WIPA continues to rage on, with no solution looking like it will be found in the near future. West Indies cricket is in danger of falling apart in front of our eyes, if the contract dispute cannot be resolved. However, the youngsters that have been drafted in will want to again prove that they can hold their own at the highest level.
West Indies have attempted to bolster their inexperienced team with the addition of Ryan Hinds to their squad for the second Test match. His recent international experience will surely come in handy to a team that gave debuts to a number of players last match. The squad was also reduced by two as youngsters Kraigg Braithwaite and Andre Creary were both released to play in an under 19 tournament that is taking place in Jamaica.
Bangladesh on the other hand, have only one real selection worry ahead of the second Test, that of new captain Mashrafe Mortaza. He wasn’t able to play a full part in the victorious first test match due to an injury he sustained during that match, but will be hoping to be fit to captain his side to a memorable series win. However, Nazmul Hossain has been flown out to the Caribbean as cover for the fast bowler.
Bangladesh are on the brink of history being made as they hold a 1-0 lead going into the second match, however they will face a stern Test from West Indies’ second team who will want to prove that they are worthy of a place in the team when the first choice players eventually return.
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