Rahim upbeat for Windies test

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim is in buoyant mood ahead of the one-day series with West Indies which starts Friday.

Rahim is still in buoyant mood despite the absence of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has been ruled out of the five matches after injuring a shin during the weekend's second Test defeat by the Windies.

And after losing that two-Test series 2-0, Bangladesh now have to pick themselves up for the shorter format with the opening tie starting on Friday in Khulna.

With the team missing Shakib in a one-dayer since the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan, Rahim admitted: "Playing without Shakib will be a big challenge.

"But we always plan to play consistent cricket. We are playing ODI cricket after a long time. They have a strong one-day side but we will use the Asia Cup memories to inspire us."

Windies also have their injury problems, with paceman Tino Best out with a hamstring problem.

Best, who took a maiden five-wicket haul in the first Test in Dhaka and six in the second Test in Khulna, has been replaced by uncapped fast bowler Jason Holder in the limited-over squad.

West Indian captain Darren Sammy said: "The nucleus of the team is quite settled. The guys have been performing consistently in the last 6-12 months, which is a good sign."

Although spirits remain high in the camp following their World Twenty20 glory in Sri Lanka last month, Sammy was still wary of their dangerous opponents.

"The Bangladesh team is an exciting one-day team, so is the West Indies. And the fans are passionate about cricket. I am looking forward to the series," he added.

West Indies will be boosted by the return of fast bowler Kemar Roach, who missed the Test series due to a knee injury.