WINDSOR PARK // After a rare Test series victory on foreign soil, Bangladesh hope to ride their wave of luck against the weakened West Indies in the one-day series as well, starting with the first game today. The Tigers would have probably had low expectations prior to their arrival but fortune favoured them when the leading Caribbean players chose to boycott the series over payment issues with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Their replacements were no match for the Bangladeshis, who convincingly swept the two-Test series to gain a much-needed boost of confidence. Morale should remain high as West Indies will continue to field the second-string side despite the players' strike being called off. The players and the West Indies Cricket Board have agreed to arbitration, but the decision came after the announcement of the squad for the first two ODIs.
The WICB, however, refused to alter the 30-man preliminary squad, named last week, for the upcoming Champions Trophy and will play without the big names. The first two ODIs will be staged at Windsor Park which has been significantly upgraded at a cost US$17million (Dh65m) and allows Dominica to host its first international matches. * Agencies