Despite holding a lower Test ranking, there are more than a few pundits who expect the Windies to give a Bangladesh team hell over two Tests in the Caribbean on two conditions.
The Windies bowling came to the fore in a 1-1 three-Test series against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean only just recently, and the reason for it was largely put down to the preparation of fast-bouncy wickets.
On all three occasions, the Sri Lankans struggled with the pace of Shannon Gabriel, the bounce and consistency of Windies skipper Jason Holder, as well as the venom of Kemar Roach.
It is yet to be seen if the first game at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua later today will feature the new-look West Indies pitches, but if it does, the poor travelling Bangladesh unit, more accustomed to the slow turning pitches of their home nation, may find themselves in some trouble.
The pace-bowling trio will find though, that Bangladesh have one of the best batsmen in the world with Shakib Al Hasan, who has been named skipper, as well as Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Ramin, Mahmudulah, and Mominul Haque.
The five are expected to score the bulk of Bangladesh’s runs but they will miss the pace bowling of Mustafizur Rahim, who could help them defend any failures with his own brand of fire.
The Windies though, have had batting woes of their own, as Sri Lanka gave as good as they got, restricting the Windies to totals well below their targets, as the top six has struggled for consistency.
This time around, the Windies face a young pace attack from Bangladesh and should expect most of the trouble they may find, coming from the wealth of spin options available to Bangladesh.
Again, the pitch may be the great decider here, as the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium has, in recent times, been more friendly to spinners.