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Windies’ test team will be challenging: Tamim

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 12:23 PM, 27 January 2021  

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal

Despite whitewashing the three-match series, Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal thinks the Test series against the West Indies will be challenging. Bangladesh won the three ODIs of the series by 6 wickets, 7 wickets and 120 runs respectively.

According to Tamim, West Indies’ bowling attack in Tests is much better than in ODIs. So the opponent’s bowling in the Test series can be a big threat.

“Tests are a different ball game,” Tamim said, after whitewashing the weakened West Indies.

The top 12 players of the West Indies did not come to Bangladesh due to coronavirus panic, he mentioned, adding, “Their bowling in the Tests is very different from the bowling attack we played in the ODI series. There are 2-3 great bowlers. So of course the Test series will be challenging.”   

West Indies’ two pacers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach left Bangladesh in trouble in 2018 in the home series. They are also on the team in this series.

Bangladesh lost the two-match series 2-0 on West Indies soil in 2018, however, in the same year, Bangladesh took revenge for the series at home. The Tigers won the two-match series 2-0. Even then, Gabriel and Roach kept Bangladesh under pressure with pace and aggressive bowling.

The West Indies are getting experienced players like Gabriel and Roach in the Test series. However, Tamim said, “No matter which team, Bangladesh is ready to take any challenge in the test.”

“Apart from the ODI series, we have also prepared ourselves for the Test series,” Tamim said, adding:  “During the ODI series, our Test team practiced. We still have six or seven days. This is enough to get us ready in the test mood.”

After overcoming the ICC ban, Bangladesh will also get Shakib Al Hasan in the Tests after the ODIs. While banned, Shakib missed Bangladesh’s Test matches against India-Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Shakib last played a Test against Afghanistan at home in 2019.