Brathwaite calls for Windies calm
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Captain Carlos Brathwaite says West Indies need to be relaxed and play with freedom, as they prepare to face a dangerous Bangladesh side in the opening Twenty20/International of the three-match series here tonight.
"We play best when we enjoy ourselves, when we're having fun, when it's a relaxed atmosphere, which it has been," Brathwaite said yesterday ahead of the opening contest at Warner Park.
"And once we take that relaxed atmosphere on to the pitch in expressing ourselves, I'm sure we'll come out on top. Big respect to Bangladesh; they're a formidable white-ball team as we saw in the just-concluded ODI series.
"But we know that once we put our 'A' game out, not much teams can touch us on our day and that's the plan for the course of the three-game series."
West Indies are reigning T20 World champions following their triumph in India two years ago, but have lost their last five outings in bilateral series against Pakistan and New Zealand.
However, they will be favourites to get the better of Bangladesh, with the likes of AndrÈ Russell and Marlon Samuels available following injury, and white-ball specialists Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams also in the line-up.
And with much of the side coming off stints in the recent Global T20 Canada league, Brathwaite expects his troops to be on top of their game.
West Indies will hope to draw first blood here in order to take an advantage into the double-header at the weekend, scheduled for the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, United States.