Dhaka – Steve Rhodes, the Bangladesh head coach, believes that the Windies are very difficult to beat in T20 Internationals. The Tigers will play a three-match T20I series against the visiting West Indies beginning on Monday.
“The Windies are best team in T20Is. They are the world champions in this format. I think it will be very difficult to beat them in T20Is,” Rhodes said on Monday in Sylhet.
Bangladesh have won both of Test and ODI series against the Caribbean boys. Now both the teams are set to lock horn in T20I series.
“To beat them again in the ODI series was very special. We became disappointed as could not beat them in second ODI and wrapped it up earlier, but having said that I thought that yesterday (Friday) was a great game. Good cricket played by Bangladesh,” Rhodes insisted.
In the last T20I series against West Indies in their home, the Tigers came up as victorious. Bangladesh coach rated the win ‘very special victory’ for the Tigers.
“The way we beat them in the West Indies was a very special victory for us. It was a little bit unexpected but the boys did extremely well to win that last game in Florida,” Rhodes said while remembering the last series.
Despite the ongoing dominance over the West Indies, Bangladesh coach thinks the T20I series will be tough one for the hosts. He believes the newcomers to T20I squad of West Indies can make Bangladesh’s chance difficult.
“I think the West Indies, with some new players who have arrived here, will be tough opposition. It’s the format that they know very well. We will give our best shot,” the Bangladesh coach further said.
The T20I series opener will take place in Sylhet on 17 December at 2:00 pm, while the remaining two matches will be played in Dhaka on 20 and 22 December respectively at 5:00 pm.UNB