Windies’ Holder, Pollard opt out of Bangladesh tour on COVID considerations

(Reuters) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) explained take a look at captain Jason Holder and limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard are amongst 10 gamers who have chosen not to vacation to Bangladesh for their forthcoming tour due to fears about the novel coronavirus.

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West Indies are due to play three one-working day internationals and two tests in Chattogram and Dhaka setting up from Jan. 20.

Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran are the other players who opted out of the sequence.

Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich are also unavailable owing to personalized factors.

This will be West Indies’ 3rd tour due to the fact the resumption of worldwide cricket after the COVID-19 hiatus, subsequent their excursions to England and New Zealand.

Bravo, Hetmyer and Keemo Paul had opted out of the tour to England owing to fears about COVID-19.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board did not immediately reply to a Reuters ask for for comment.

Kraigg Brathwaite will captain the examination workforce in Holder’s absence, though Jason Mohammed will direct the restricted overs facet.

Top rated-get batsman Kavem Hodge has obtained his maiden contact-up to the test squad, even though all-rounder Akeal Hosein and still left-handed batsman Kjorn Ottley earned their first ODI simply call-ups.

“Although a range of the senior gamers are missing in both of those formats, I assume our groups to be really aggressive,” CWI Direct Selector Roger Harper reported.

“I be expecting our players to participate in with purpose, with enthusiasm and with the desire to establish that they belong at this level.”

West Indies are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Jan. 10. The ODI collection is to be played from Jan. 20 adopted by the test collection from Feb. 3.

Bangladesh has claimed about 511,000 bacterial infections and extra than 7,500 fatalities from the novel coronavirus.

Check squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican.

ODI squad: Jason Mohammed (c), Sunil Ambris, Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh jr.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru Enhancing by Peter Rutherford