Dhaka - The West Indies are looking to end their four-year
wait for a one-day international series win when they take on hosts Bangladesh
starting on Sunday.
Stand-in skipper Rovman Powell said winning the three-match
series in Bangladesh would give his side the perfect boost ahead of the World
Cup next year, for which they had to qualify after failing to secure one of the
eight automatic berths.
"We haven't won an ODI series in a long time,"
Powell told reporters on Saturday ahead of the first game in Dhaka.
"The guys are upbeat and raring to go. No better
opportunity to change it in Bangladesh."
"It will be good to get the series win under our
belt" before the World Cup, Powell added.
The West Indies were humiliated by Bangladesh in the
preceding Test series, with the home side wrapping up both matches inside three
The Caribbean side last won an ODI series in 2014 when they
beat Bangladesh 3-0 at home.
They have since lost 11 series and drew against minnows
Afghanistan last year.
The streak includes a 2-1 loss to Bangladesh in July at home
and a 3-1 loss to India in October.
Powell, who will be leading the side in the absence of the
injured Jason Holder, said the Test defeats to Bangladesh are in the past.
"We are focused on white-ball cricket. (The) guys are
motivated and upbeat and hopefully we can get best possible result," he
"Both teams have good spinners, fast bowlers and
batters. It will be a very competitive series."
Bangladesh have been boosted by the return of batsman Tamim
Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who both missed the ODI series against
Zimbabwe in October because of injury.
Shakib played in the Tests against the West Indies and was
named man-of-the-series, while Tamim showcased his abilities with a blistering
107 off 73 balls in Thursday's 51-run warm-up match win over the visitors.
"Obviously having Shakib, Tamim in the team is a big
advantage for us," said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
"In the practice game, Tamim played brilliantly which
is a great relief for Tamim as well as for us," added Mashrafe, who is set
to become the first Bangladeshi to play 200 ODIs on Sunday.
The second and third matches of the series will be played on
December 11 and 14 in Dhaka and Sylhet.
The West Indies will wrap up the Bangladesh tour with three