Having been whitewashed in the ODI series, West Indies bounced back strongly to clean sweep the Test series and finish the tour on a high. Following Kyle Mayers’ heroics in the first Test, Rakheem Cornwall starred in the final game as the visitors clinched a 17 run win in Dhaka. Cornwall scalped nine wickets, including a fifer in the first innings, to decimate the Bangladesh batting line up.
The young Windies side has shown grit and fight throughout the series. And were rightfully crowned as the winners. Young batter Nkrumah Bonner, who is playing just his second Test, impressed with an inspiring innings. It was his fighting innings of 90 off 209 balls that kept the visitors in the game. The hosts showed gut and courage but at the end of the day, Cornwall, the Player of the Match, proved too good for them.
BCB President lashes out at team management for poor selection
The president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Nazmul Hassan is displeased with the team selection. Following an injury, all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan was ruled out of the final Test. As his replacement, Soumya Sarkar joined the team. But he failed to deliver the goods. Disappointed by the decision, Hasan lashed out at the skipper Mominul Haque and coach Russell Domingo.
“When Shakib was injured, I had [board directors] Akram [Khan], [Khaled Mahmud] Sujon, [Ismail Haider] Mallick, [chief selector Minhajul Abedin] Nannu and [selector Habibul Bashar] Sumon in front of me,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hassan as saying.
“I gave them four or five options. My first choice was Mahmudullah Riyad, and then Mosaddek [Hossain], Mahedi [Hasan] and the fourth option was Soumya [Sarkar]. They [captain Haque and coach Domingo] selected Soumya,” he added.
The Windies were very impressive throughout the series. And especially the debutants in Mayers and Bonner were the pick of the lot. It is good news for the game to see the West Indies team slowly producing impact players in the longest format. For a long time now, the once-dominant side has been treated as underdogs. But it is high time, the side comes out of the shadows and retakes its place in the international circuit.