Ramdin sees the pitches as being a spinner’s paradise
West Indies vice-captain and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin believes that the pitches in Bangladesh will be perfect for the spinners in the team since conditions are similar to that of the Caribbean.
The West Indies have included Sunil Narine and debutant Veerasammy Permaul as their two frontline spinners.
“The pitches here are similar to a lot of pitches back in the Caribbean. Slow and the ball spins a bit, It will be to our advantage with Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul, who’s on debut. If we go into the Test with two spinners, we’ll have to try and bowl them out,” Ramdin said.
This is the third time the West Indies are touring Bangladesh after having won both their previous encounters in 2002 and 2011.
Ramdin is hoping that everyone will play a role in helping the team to have another successful tour and keep climbing up the Test rankings, where the West Indies are currently at seventh.
“It is a good pitch at the stadium here [Mirpur, the venue of the first Test]. The bowlers will give us the wickets, Sunil Narine will be playing here for the first time. The pitches here will assist him and hopefully he’ll continue where he left off against New Zealand,” Ramdin said.
Before the start of the three-day practice match against the BCB XI, Ramdin noted that the West Indies had to adapt to the conditions as quickly as possible in order to have a good chance of winning.
“We have to take the batting practice in the three-day game and adapt to the conditions. I believe the guys have the capability of playing long innings. All of us have to go out there and express ourselves and get runs for the team, we would like to win the series 2-0, but it all depends on the weather and how the practice game goes,” Ramdin added.
The West Indies have been in outstanding form over the past couple of months, as they beat New Zealand 2-0 before going on to win the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
But, while Ramdin knows that it is important for the team to keep their momentum going, he also noted that Bangladesh should not be underestimated at home.
“It is very important that we keep that momentum going, we have played a lot of one-dayers and T20s in the past three months. It is very important that we start well. We have a number of good players back in the team like Chris Gayle, who scored a century against New Zealand. Marlon Samuels did well, so did Sunil Narine. The experienced guys like Shiv Chanderpaul are here, hopefully these guys can give us the impetus to do well in the series,” Ramdin said.