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West Indies youngsters have an excellent opportunity to shine on Bangladesh tour: Phil Simmons

January 13, 2021

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The Caribbean side is going to have an inexperienced squad for their upcoming long tour of Bangladesh. This came after several senior cricketers decided to pull out citing personal fears over the coronavirus pandemic. West Indies coach Phil Simmons stated that the youngsters will have a great opportunity to grab in the upcoming three ODI and two Test series against Bangladesh.

Skipper Jason Holder and other senior cricketers like Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo have decided to opt-out because of coronavirus fears. Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, and Nicholas Pooran have also refused to travel to Bangladesh. This forced Cricket West Indies to bring in the inexperienced squad for the Bangladesh series.

No complaints about the players who decided not to travel: Phil Simmons

The coach supported the players' decision and said that everybody has their own reasons and opinions. The players have taken the best decision for them. Simmons further added that West Indies team is now one of the most competent teams in a bio-secure environment. They have already played series in England and New Zealand amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Sunday morning, a 38-member squad has arrived in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. The players will start their training sessions after two coronavirus tests and three days of isolation in their respective hotel. West Indies is the first international side to arrive in Bangladesh since the Covid-19 outbreak. The visitors are scheduled to play three ODIs, and two Tests Matches against its host Bangladesh.

After the warm up game against Bangladesh, both teams will play two ODIs in Dhaka, on January 20 and 22. The final ODI is going to take place in Chittagong on January 25. After the completion of the ODI series, the first Test will start on February 3 in Dhaka.

The second test match will get underway on February 11. Kraigg Brathwaite is going to captain the Test side, and Jason Mohammed will lead the ODI team. All the matches will be played in empty stadiums. Bangladesh has registered more than 500,000 Covid-19 cases, but its fatality rate has been one of the lowest so far.

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