Cricket West Indies have announced their squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh in January with Pollard, Holder and several important players opting out. West Indies are scheduled to play three ODIs and two Test matches on the tour. The touring party will arrive in Dhaka on January 10 and the series will continue until February 15. The two Test matches will form a part of the ICC Test Championship, whereas the three match ODI series are the first matches in West Indies ICC World Cup Super League campaign.
A number of players have declined the opportunity to tour Bangladesh owing to covid-19 fears. The CWI Covid-19 policy allows players to withdraw from a tour, if their decision is based on their safety, and it will not impact their future selection.
Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran have opted out of the tournament due to Covid-19 fears. Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich are unavailable due to personal reasons.
The Test squad will be led by Kraigg Brathwaite, with Jermaine Blackwood as vice-captain. The ODI team will be led by West Indies A team captain, Jason Mohammed, with Sunil Ambris as vice captain.
Kavem Hodge, right hand batsman has earned a maiden call-up in the Test squad. Shayne Moseley and all-rounder Kyle Mayers will be touring in the Test squad for the first time. Akeal Hosein and Kjorn Ottley have earned maiden call ups to the ODI squad.
Roger Harper. CWI’s Lead Selector, said: “Kavem Hodge will be on his first tour with the team. He has been around for a few years and has made a case for himself and he now gets his chance. The fact that he also bowls left arm spin has certainly helped his cause. We also have Kyle Mayers and Shayne Moseley, who have both toured with the team to England and New Zealand as reserves, being selected in the Test Squad for the first time. Moseley coming off successful ‘A Team’ games in New Zealand and Mayers who has performed well in each of the CWI regional tournaments and also the CPL, over the last year.”
Harper added: “The absence of several more experienced players has certainly provided an opportunity for the left-handed Kjorn Ottley who has had a good Super50 tournament last year. He will be very keen to make his mark. Tours of Bangladesh are never easy as they always play well in their own conditions. Although a number of the senior players are missing in both formats, I expect our teams to be very competitive. I expect our players to play with purpose, with passion and with the desire to prove that they belong at this level.”
West Indies Test Squad
Kraigg Brathwaite (captain)
Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain)
Joshua Da Silva
West Indies ODI Squad
Jason Mohammed (captain)
Sunil Ambris (vice-captain)
Joshua Da Silva
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