West Indies have sunk to a new low, just when it looked impossible to do so.
The Second Digicel One Day International at Windsor Park in Dominica confirmed that Bangladesh can’t put a foot wrong in the Caribbean and that no matter how hard they try, this replacement West Indies squad is just not good enough.
Captain Floyd Reifer had called on his batsmen to perform better all tour long and Travis Dowlin stepped up to the plate, delivering an unbeaten maiden century in just his second ODI but even that was not enough to prevent a Bangladesh victory.
The win though represented more. It sealed the Digicel ODI series for the visitors and it is the first time the Tigers have won an ODI series against a major Test playing nation.
Chasing West Indies’ competitive 274-6 off their allotted 50 overs, Bangladesh were propelled by brilliant half-centuries from captain Shakib Al Hasan and the experienced Mohammad Ashraful to reach 276-6 off 49 overs and grab a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The last ODI is tomorrow in St Kitts.
West Indies also lost both Tests against Bangladesh who before this series were officially the worst Test playing nation in the world.
Even though West Indies played with a substitute team because the first choice players boycotted these matches over a pay dispute with the board, generally feeling of disappointment pervades.
Saheed Mohamed is one of Cayman’s best all-round cricketers. He said: ‘I’m disappointed with the result but I’m more vexed with the politics that led to this situation.
‘We need to get this sorted out. West Indies were doing pretty well before the boycott. If they can’t beat Bangladesh then they will not be good enough to compete against South Africa and Australia which are the next tours coming up.’