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West Indies to seek first test win at Arnos Vale


West Indies will be seeking to set the record straight and record their first test win at the Arnos Vale Playing Field, as St Vincent and the Grenadines hosts its third test match.{{more}}

Set for September 5 to 9, the West Indies will entertain Bangladesh in the first test of a two-match series.

It will be the second time that the venue will be hosting the Bangladeshis in a test. The first took place July 9 to 13, 2009, but under controversial circumstances.

This, when the visitors had to face a depleted West Indies team, following a pull-out of players because of a dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).

In that match, the West Indies fielded seven test debutants.

But, the first ever test match to be hosted at Arnos Vale was June 20 to 24, 1997, when Sri Lanka visited the region.

The West Indies record at the venue shows the Sri Lanka encounter ending in a draw, but with Brian Lara inking his name in the history books.

The left-handed Lara scored 115 in the West Indies second innings, to be the first player to score a test century on Vincentian soil.

The Bangladeshis, though, earned a 95-run triumph over the West Indies when they last visited.

It was also a history-making moment for Bangladesh, as it was their first test win over the West Indies.

Before coming here in September, Bangladesh will meet the West Indies in three One Day Internationals: August 20 and 22 in Grenada and the third, a day/night fixture in St Kitts – August 25.

The lone Twenty/20 International is slated for St Kitts on the night of August 27.

The tour concludes with the second test match from September 13 to 17 in St Lucia.

But the region will also host another international team – New Zealand, in June/July for three tests and two T/20 internationals.

The first test is set for Jamaica, June 8-12, with the second scheduled for Trinidad, June 16-20 and the third in Guyana – June 26-30.

Dominica gets the Twenty/20 Internationals, July 5 and 6. (RT)