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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Windsor Park is set to return as a venue for West Indies’ home schedule next year when it hosts two limited overs fixtures on the New Zealand tour, as the region braces for a heavy itinerary which will also see tours by South Africa and minnows Ireland.The venue suffered damage when deadly Category Five Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica two years ago, leaving hundreds of millions in damage and over 31 people dead.Windsor Park had its last taste of international cricket earlier in 2017 when Pakistan beat West Indies on a dramatic final day of the last Test.Having returned to the domestic schedule this year when it staged a first class match between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes back in February, the venue will play host to one ODI and a T20 International – one of 11 West Indies are expected to play ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later that year.The three-year home cycle was announced Friday by Cricket West Indies (CWI) which will see Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan tour in 2021 and England, Bangladesh and India arrive the following year.“This is a significant step forward for CWI and cricket fans and stakeholders across the region,” said CWI chief executive Johnny Grave.“Not only does this provide a full calendar of international fixtures which allows us to better plan and schedule our cricket, but it allows everyone who supports and loves cricket to know when the next big game or tournament is coming.”West Indies will welcome Ireland at the start of next year for a series comprising three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals from January 4-19.After touring England for three Tests in June, West Indies will return to the Caribbean to take on number two-ranked New Zealand in another limited overs series of three ODIs and T20 Internationals.The tour, which runs from July 8 to 19, will see the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua staging the opening two ODIs, with the last ODI and the first T20I heading to Windsor Park.Guyana National Stadium will host the final two T20s.South Africa will arrive immediately on New Zealand’s departure for their first Caribbean series in nearly a decade, to play two Tests and five T20 Internationals from July 15 to August 16.Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad will stage the first Test while the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground will host the second, before teams head to Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale for the opening two T20s.Sabina Park in Jamaica will be the stage for the last three matches of the series.Significantly, Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium are set to be crowned as international venues during the 2021 home schedule when they host T20s involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.West Indies Women, meanwhile, will host South Africa in May next year and are expected to play a minimum of 15 ODIs – home and away – in preparation for the 50-overs Women’s World Cup in 2021.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza feels that star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will come good at the World Cup beginning Thursday in England and Wales.The number one ODI all-rounder had a rather off day with both bat and ball in their warm-up game against India which Bangladesh lost by 95 runs on Tuesday.Shakib went for 58 runs in his six overs and picked up two wickets. While batting, he was bowled on the very first ball he faced, thanks to Jasprit Bumrah who bowled a brilliant yorker to get rid of the Bangladesh all-rounder.”Shakib (Al Hasan) had an off day but he has the experience to come back in a great way,” Mashrafe was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “I think he will do something big in this World Cup.”Fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman’s opening spell was one of the most heartening takeaways for Mashrafe even as Bangladesh lost to India at the Sophia Gardens.”I am quite relieved seeing Mustafiz (ur) bowl at his old pace,” Mashrafe said.The 23-year-old left-arm pacer Mustafizur, who took 1 for 19 from his first five overs against India, bowled more accurately than he has done since the New Zealand ODI series in February.”He bowled well too and picked up his pace around 140 kph at times. If he can bowl like he usually does, our bowling becomes a very different unit. I also got a lot out of Rubel (Hossain) and (Mohammad) Saifuddin. We expected to do better with the new ball after not having done well in Ireland.”advertisementSince the Asia Cup in September last year where he took 10 wickets in Bangladesh’s runners-up finish, Mustafizur has struggled with consistency.”(Medidy Hasan) Miraz, too, has been bowling well recently. In this game (warm-up), we tried to give all our spinners difficult situations to bowl at, so that in the tournament proper they become mentally equipped to deal with a storm of big hitting,” said Mashrafe as Bangladesh tried several things, including pushing bowlers out of their comfort zones.On the batting front, Mashrafe sounded less pleased and said it would have been better had the batsmen, who got the starts, stayed for long at the crease.”Mushfiq (ur Rahim) remains consistent, which is important,” Mashrafe said.”Liton (Das) is doing his job. It would have been better had they both scored centuries. We would have reached 300 had (Mahmudullah) Riyad been there for a little bit longer. I think playing India’s high-quality attack in the practice match is going to help us (in the tournament proper).”But we can’t lose wickets in pairs. It makes chasing 350-plus very difficult. Liton and Mushfiq got out just when they were becoming aggressive, while Shakib and (Mohammad) Mithun got out first ball, although too good deliveries,” he added.Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 2 at The Oval.Also Read | Absence of left-handers not a concern for India at World Cup: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Time away from the game helped me bounce back, says KL RahulAlso See