Gayle knows his performance with the bat will be vital throughout the series
With their tour of Bangladesh rapidly approaching, West Indies flamboyant opening batsman Chris Gayle has issued a warning to his team, stating that they should not underestimate Bangladesh on home soil.
Despite having lost only one ODI and Twenty20 International during their meeting last year, Gayle noted that Bangladesh were still “dangerous at home”.
The West Indies and Bangladesh are scheduled to play two Test matches, five ODIs and one Twenty20 International.
“It is going to be a very challenging [series]. We know how dangerous Bangladesh can be at home. It’s not a team where you want to go there and take lightly, you’ve got to be mindful of the conditions and try and add up as quickly as possible and settle as much and whenever you get a chance, just try and maintain it and take it from there,” Gayle said.
Upon making his return to the Test arena, Gayle scored 150 against New Zealand and had an average of 80 during that series.
In terms of playing against Bangladesh, Gayle has played four Tests against them, coming in 2002 and 2004, and his average throughout all four of those Tests is 69.40.
Gayle was not in the team when the West Indies went to Bangladesh last year due to his dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), but the flamboyant opener stated that he was confident of the team that had been selected for the series.
“Most of the guys have been there before in Test series and in ODIs so most of the guys have experience, so it should be an interesting series,” Gayle said.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been named as vice-captain of the squad, and he noted that he was just happy to be performing at a high level again.
“It (the tour of Bangladesh) is an important one for me. I did not get [many] runs against New Zealand in the home series, and I would like to go out there and capitalise [on the opportunity]. I was there last year but I did not get the opportunity to play, so hopefully I can play this time and get some runs up there,” Ramdin said.
Ramdin, who will be playing his maiden Test against Bangladesh, also mentioned that the the team were still fired up after winning the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, and that they looked to carry on the momentum into the series.
“All the players (on the West Indies team) are on a high, and hopefully we can keep the momentum going and take that into the (pre-tour) camp in two weeks time, go up there and beat the home team,” Ramdin added.