Dhaka - West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite says he
expects Bangladesh to put up a tough fight on home turf when they kick off a
two-Test series in Chittagong on Thursday.
The visitors start the series as favourites having thumped
Bangladesh in back-to-back Tests during their tour of the Caribbean in July.
But Brathwaite exercised caution ahead of this week's series
opener, saying Bangladesh could exploit their home advantage against the
"There will be few challenges, we have to expect
that," he told reporters after a two-day warm-up match in Chittagong on
Monday ended in a draw.
"It won't be so easy. Obviously they are very good at
home. But we are ready for the challenges."
Bangladesh have upstaged Test giants England and Australia
on home soil in the past two years, but then struggled against weaker sides Sri
Lanka and Zimbabwe in 2018.
They managed a series draw against Test minnows Zimbabwe
last week after their spinners salvaged a 218-run win in the second match after
a shock 151-run defeat in the opener.
Brathwaite, who is standing in for Jason Holder,
acknowledged the threat posed by Bangladesh seamers, who will reap the return
of star all-rounder and skipper Shakib Al Hasan from injury.
"(We are) expecting (a) slower type of pitch. Normal
surfaces here, let's see now what happens," said Brathwaite.
The opening batsman was happy with preparations for the
tour, despite it following quick on the heels of a thrashing from India.
The world's top Test side beat the West Indies 2-0 in the
longest form of the game before dominating the one-day international and
Twenty20 international series 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.
"We have come from India, and that I think was very
good preparations for us before the first Test," Brathwaite said.
"Obviously quite similar conditions, so that will be
good. The main thing is that the wicket is quite similar also."
The second Test will be held in Dhaka from November 30 to
West Indies will also play three one-day internationals and
Twenty20 internationals during their month-long series in Bangladesh from
November 22 to December 22.