ODI series preview: West Indies v Bangladesh

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The West Indies and Bangladesh embark on a three-match ODI series this week, with the hosts on unstable ground as rumours of coach Ottis Gibson's departure swirl around the media.

The West Indies and Bangladesh embark on a three-match ODI series this week, with the hosts on unstable ground as rumours of coach Ottis Gibson's departure swirl around the media.

Gibson's exit was rumoured on Tuesday, after he missed training in Grenada, and there was added speculation that former South Africa and Australia coach Mickey Arthur would be taking over. This is unlikely to make the players feel more confident.

Neither side is in particularly good form, so it should be a relatively even contest, though the Windies are far more adept at this format than they are in Tests. They haven't come up against each other in two years though.

The hosts have named a strong squad though, featuring the Bravo brothers, Chris Gayle and Kemar Roach, while Darren Sammy is also included. One glaring omission is Marlon Samuels, who was dropped earlier this year.

Chris Gayle is in the side and the hosts will hope he is back to full fitness, after struggling with various injuries, from hamstring to lower back, for much of the year, which curtailed his big-hitting exploits.

The Tigers are without their best player, Shakib-al-Hasan, after he was suspended for six months due to off-field altercations. As such, the pressure for the top order to perform in exponentially higher, without him to save them.

Tamim Iqbal has been included. despite being in horrific form. In the three ODIs against India in June, he failed to reach double figures, and at the World Twenty20 he was equally poor. Maybe less stringent opposition will allow him to find form, as he did well against Grenanda in the warm-up.

<b>Key Men</b><br>For the hosts, spinner <b>Sunil Narine</b> will be the key factor, given his propensity for attacking bowling. He had a good CPL with the Amazons, and averages under 27 on ODIs. The Tigers will not be excited about facing him.

Bangladesh's usual key man is not available, so we'll pick another spinner, <b>Sohag Gazi</b>, to be the man to watch. He made his debut against the Windies two years ago and took four wickets then, and also bamboozled them during his Test debut.

<b>Last Five Head-To-Head Results</b><br>2012: Fifth ODI: Bangladesh won by two wickets in Dhaka<br>2012: Fourth ODI: West Indies won by 75 runs in Dhaka<br>2012: Third ODI: West Indies won by four wickets in Dhaka<br>2012: Second ODI: Bangladesh won by 160 runs in Khulna<br>2012: First ODI: Bangladesh won by seven wickets in Khulna

<b>Squads</b><br><i>West Indies:</i> Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons.

<i>Bangladesh:</i> Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Rubel Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Al-Amin Hossain.

<b>Fixtures</b><br>First ODI: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada, 20 August<br>Second ODI: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada, 22 August<br>Third ODI: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, 25 August

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