BAN vs W.I 1st Test Live: Will Shakib return ensure 1st victory for Bangladesh in World Test Championships?

Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st Test Live – Shakib Al Hasan Returns for Bangladesh: Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque believes the return of ace allrounder Shakib Al Hasan gives them an edge against a depleted West Indies in the opening match of the two-Test series starting on Wednesday. The Bangladesh vs West Indies series will be streamed Live in India on Fancode. 
 

Bangladesh vs West Indies Live Broadcast : BCB had sold the rights to the series to Ban Tech marketing agency for $2.1Mn. It is worth noting that BCB did not had a broadcaster since Mar 2020. The value of the deal with the Ban Tech marketing agency is 42 per cent higher than the BDT12.6 crore base price (excluding taxes and VAT) set by the BCB.

Shakib makes a comeback after two year ban: Shakib plays his first Test since September 2019 following a two-year ban – one year suspended – by the International Cricket Council in October 2019 for failing to report approaches from a bookmaker.

He goes into the Tests with good form after being named man of the one-day international series against the West Indies last month.

Mominul called him a “two in one” player.

 

“Such a player is a gem for any team,” Mominul said. “He can serve in both batting and bowling but, more importantly, his return helps us for a balanced team combination.”

Shakib, who averages 39.40 with the bat and 31.12 with the ball in Tests, suffered a groin injury in the third and final ODI on Jan. 25 but coach Russell Domingo was confident he will play.

“Shakib is very difficult to replace in any format,” Domingo said. “We are pretty confident that he will be ready for the first Test. He has worked really hard on his rehab. He has bowled a few balls, hit a few balls. Not feeling too much discomfort.

Bangladesh yet to win a match in World Test Championships: With Shakib back, Mominul expects Bangladesh to finally win a match in the world Test championship after three defeats to India and Pakistan, all by an innings. Shakib missed those matches, plus Bangladesh’s last Test last February, an innings win against Zimbabwe.

But beside Shakib, Bangladesh were also stronger at home, while the West Indies traveled without several regulars because of virus concerns, including captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, and Shimron Hetmyer.

“We don’t want to live on the past,” 
Mominul said. “We are hopeful of grabbing all the available points from the series.”

West Indies coach Phil Simmons said his side hoped to take advantage of any rustiness in Bangladesh’s first Test in a year. The West Indies have played five in that time, though they lost four.

“I think the little bit of vulnerability could be early in the Test,”
 Simmons said. “I am sure that will soon be taken care of. They have a fairly experienced team with the likes of Tamim (Iqbal) and Shakib. The vulnerability might not last too long but if it does happen, we have to seize the opportunity.”