The hosts Bangladesh will take on the visitors West Indies in the first game of the two-match Test series from Wednesday (3rd February) morning at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Chattogram).
This Test series will be a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship. Before this Test series, they just completed the three-match ODI series where the hosts Bangladesh won the series by the 3-0 margin.
Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Complete Squads
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Saif Hassan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Shadman Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain, Hasan Mahmud
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (vc), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican.
Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Playing XIs
Bangladesh (predicted): Mominul Haque (C), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud
West Indies (predicted): Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Joshua Da Silva, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Nkrumah Bonner, Raymon Reifer, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021, 1st Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips
As all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is fit, Bangladesh will start this Test series with the strong side. Shakib won the Player of the Series award for his brilliant all-rounder performances in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies. Tamim Iqbal, captain Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim are the other big names in Bangladesh batting line-up.
Meanwhile, spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam can play the big roles with the ball in hand along with Shakib Al Hasan. Everyone will also put a keen eye on the left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood are the big names in this batting line-up. In the recently concluded three-day warm-up match against BCB XI, Campbell (44 & 68), Brathwaite (85) and Nkrumah Bonner (2 & 80) impressed with their bats. Meanwhile, Blackwood (216 runs in 4 innings) was the leading run-scorer for West Indies during their previous Test series against the hosts New Zealand, including the knocks of 104 and 69 runs.
In the warm-up game against BCB XI, Rahkeem Cornwall claimed a fifer (5/47), while the left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican got three wickets in an innings (3/25). Also, Raymon Reifer (49* & 2/7) impressed with his all-rounder performances in late period of that match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal
Vice-captain – Mushfiqur Rahim, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mustafizur Rahman
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Mushfiqur Rahim (vc)
Batsmen – John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Tamim Iqbal
All-rounder(s) – Rahkeem Cornwall, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan (C)
Bowlers – Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Mushfiqur Rahim
Batsmen – John Campbell, Jermaine Blackwood, Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal (C)
All-rounder(s) – Kyle Mayers, Rahkeem Cornwall (vc), Shakib Al Hasan
Bowlers – Kemar Roach, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam