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‘We respect Bangla’

Calcutta/Dhaka: Bangla-desh will be looking to add to a pitiful record of only three victories out of 73 Tests since playing their first 12 years ago when they takes on a West Indies team still buoyant from winning the World T20 title last month.

The first of two Tests against West Indies begins Tuesday at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, and Bangladesh face a daunting task with their last Test series coming nearly 11 months ago when they were comfortably beaten 0-2 at home by Pakistan.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy, however, refuses to be complacent. “They are a difficult team to play in their own backyard... But once we go out and execute our team plan, we are quite confident that we will be victorious,” Sammy said.

“We look at the Bangladesh team, they have a mix of seasoned and experienced players and we are going to . come up with the right plan to go out and compete against them.”

Making it more difficult for Bangladesh has been the loss of coach Richard Pybus, who resigned last month after alleged interference from the country’s cricket administration. Bowling coach Shane Jurgensen has temporarily taken over as the head coach.

Star batsman Chris Gayle headlines a strong West Indies squad that includes spinner Sunil Narine, veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and all-rounder Darren Bravo, while rookie left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has also been called up.

“Chris is one of our most experienced players. When he is batting, it becomes much easier. There is no pressure on you to score,” Sammy said.

"In the spin department, we have a good combination we used in the past. But you know young Permaul stands a good chance of playing.”

“We respect them (Bangladesh) I expect this series to be a keenly contested series. One bad session could actually cost you the Test. Both teams will be ready to battle.”

“My plan is always simple, I want to perform. I make sure that the players are in the right frame of mind and perform for the Caribbean people.

“But I think it is always a team effort [which is needed]. We just want to go ahead and do our best for our country and our particular regions,” he added.