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Weakened West Indies face ‘a number of’ assessments on Bangladesh tour

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Depleted by stars refusing to tour throughout the coronavirus pandemic, West Indies gamers will face a number of COVID-19 assessments in Bangladesh earlier than they even get near a five-day match towards their hosts.

The usually carefree Caribbean stars have been placed on edge by a visit to South Asi, and Captain Jason Holder together with Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo shall be amongst a number of gamers lacking when the squad arrives right now.

The vacationers will go straight right into a seven-day quarantine bubble to organize for the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs)and two Exams towards Bangladesh, who’re already in their very own bubble.

There was no worldwide cricket in Bangladesh since March and the cricket board is taking no probabilities.

“We are going to do all the things that’s wanted to maintain the sequence risk-free,” BCB Chief Govt Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed AFP. The 2 nations agreed on well being protocols in December.

“They are going to be examined instantly after arrival after which once more after three days, after which after travelling to Chittagong.

“They are going to be examined a number of occasions in numerous layers and if a participant develops any symptom[s] he shall be remoted instantly,” he added.

The primary three days of their quarantine shall be in isolation in a resort. The gamers should move a check to be allowed collectively after that. Their first warm-up match is on January 18.

Bangladesh is offering some internet bowlers and even they are going to be in their very own separate bubble that may also be used to maintain floor employees and drivers away from dangerous contacts.

On high of Holder, Pollard and Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran declined to journey due to coronavirus fears.

And all-rounder Romario Shepherd failed a coronavirus check simply earlier than the crew’s departure, that means uncapped Keon Harding needed to be referred to as up on the final minute.

Bangladesh might sense an upset victory towards such weakened opponents, however they’re nonetheless cautious.

“I believe this West Indies crew remains to be an excellent facet,” stated former skipper and present selector Habibul Bashar.

“Who we’re taking part in towards, who’s coming, that isn’t essential. What’s essential is how we play,” he added.

“It may be an fascinating sequence for each groups.”

After their warm-up recreation towards a neighborhood facet, West Indies tackle Bangladesh in two ODIs in Dhaka on January 20 and 22,with the ultimate one-day recreation in Chittagong on January 25.

The primary Check begins February 3 in Dhaka, with the second getting underway on February 11.

All of the matches shall be performed in empty stadiums.

Bangladesh has recorded greater than 500,000 pandemic instances however its fatality price has been one of many world’s lowest.

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