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WI confident of sweeping series

Chittagong: Hosts Bangladesh and the West Indies begin a three-match one-day series on Friday hoping to fine-tune their preparation for next year’s World Cup.

A batsman-dominated match is on the cards on the easy-paced wicket at the M.A. Aziz Stadium in the port city. The remaining two one-dayers will be played under lights in the capital Dhaka on Monday and Tuesday.

The West Indians are confident of sweeping the series after defeating India 4-3 in a rousing seven-match series, which ended last week. “This is an important series for us since it is our last before the World Cup in February,” said West Indian captain Ridley Jacobs, standing in for the injured Carl Hooper. “We want to make best use of this opportunity,” he said.

Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud hoped the experience of playing in South Africa last month will hold his team in good stead. “The tour was a good learning experience for the boys and the positive manner in which the young boys played gives me added confidence,” he said.

Teams (from)

West Indies: Ridley Jacobs (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Pedro Collins, Corey Collymore, Cameron Cuffy, Vasbert Drakes, Darren Ganga, Chris Gayle, Wavell Hinds, Jermaine Lawson, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Darren Powell, Ricardo Powell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Bangladesh: Khaled Mashud (captain), Al-Shahriar, Hannan Sarkar, Enamul Huq, Habibul Bashar, Sanwar Hossain, Alok Kapali, Mohammad Rafique, Tapas Baishya, Talha Jubair, Manjurul Islam, Mohammad Ashraful, Naimur Rahman, Tushar Imran. (AFP)

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