Bangladesh set for their first Test in 11 months in Mirpur
Last Updated: 12/11/12 5:21pm
West Indies: triumphed 1-0 in the Test series in Bangladesh last year
West Indies return to action for the first time since their ICC World Twenty20 triumph when they take on Bangladesh in the first Test in Mirpur on Tuesday.
The tourists will be looking to maintain the momentum gained from their tournament success in Sri Lanka, with the aim to lift themselves from the lowly position of seventh in the current Test rankings.
They have been boosted in the longer format of the game by the return of Chris Gayle, with the opener averaging over 69 in his previous four appearances against the Tigers.
The men from the Caribbean also have fond memories from their last trip to Bangladesh - they claimed a 1-0 victory courtesy of a 229-run triumph at the same Shere Bangla National Stadium where this series starts.
"Last year, we came here and came out on top. This year, we are planning to do the same thing," seamer Ravi Rampaul said.
"We have to keep believing in ourselves and we will come out on top again."
Bangladesh, meanwhile, will be playing their first Test in 11 months; Unlike their opponents they endured a miserable World T20, failing to get out of the group stages.
The uncapped duo of Sohag Gazi and Abul Hasan could be handed debuts, though the home team's fortunes will ultimately rest on the shoulders of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
"Competition for places can only be a good thing for the Bangladesh team," said batsman Shahriar Nafees.
"We have some of it happening for some positions, and the more it happens, the team will get better results."