Narine backed to come good

  • Last Updated: November 28 2012, 17:19 GMT

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has backed spinner Sunil Narine to return to his best form in the five-match one-day international series against Bangladesh, which begins in the early hours of Friday morning GMT in Khulna.

Sunil Narine: Struggled in the Test series

The 24-year-old took just three wickets at a cost of 343 runs in the two-Test series in spin-friendly conditions against the lowest ranked side.

"The Bangladesh players have gone after him a bit," Gibson said. "It's not a massive concern but it is obviously something we keep an eye on. We are not really concerned at this stage.

"I think he's got a unique sort of action. His mystery is with his fingers. He has to continue to believe in that because this is what got him here."

The tourists have been forced to make a late change to their squad with uncapped pace bowler Jason Holder coming into replace Tino Best, who has a hamstring injury.

"It is unfortunate that Tino will be leaving, after he came back and bowled so well in the second innings of this game," Gibson added. "There is a lot of cricket coming up next year and it will be important for us that he gets himself ready for that cricket.

"The selectors have started this policy of looking at giving some of our young players an opportunity at international level to see what they can do.

"Jason has done very well with the A team, so it's a good opportunity for him to come here and get into the environment to see what it is like, and experience the work ethic required to be successful at this level."

Kemar Roach returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury which left him out of the Test series, but Dwayne Bravo remains out with a thigh complaint.

West Indies head into the game off the back of a convincing 118-run win over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI where Lendl Simmons top scored with 84.

Bangladesh, however, suffered a humiliating five-wicket defeat to the same opposition.

They will also be without key all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for at least the opening two matches with a leg injury, with uncapped batsman Muminul Hoque taking his place.

"The team management had asked for a batsman to replace Shakib for the first two ODIs, so we picked Mominul," Bangladesh's chief selector Akram Khan said.

"He has been batting well for the last one and a half years but I feel it will be wise not to have too many expectations of him because he is new. We will only want him to do things that a batsman does.

"We picked him from among the form batsman. He has been consistent for the A team, scoring runs in West Indies, and also has runs in first-class cricket at home."

Fast bowler Shafiul Islam returns after recovering from a shoulder injury he picked up in March.


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