West Indies is all set to tour Bangladesh in the month of January and February to play three ODIs and two Tests. The visitors will field a new-look squad as majority of the key players like Jason Holder, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Sheldon Cottrell, Shai Hope and Roston Chase have decided to opt out of the upcoming series due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, West Indies Cricket Board have created a ruling that players will not coerced into playing if they are comfortable going for future tours and competitions.
With Kieron Pollard opt out of Bangladesh series; Jason Mohammad will lead West Indies for three-match one-day series, whereas opener Kraigg Brathwaite will take captaincy reins as Jason Holder will not travel to Bangladesh due to covid-19 concerns.
Andre McCarthy, Akeal Hossain, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Joshua De Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder and Keon Harding are uncapped players included in West Indies ODI squad for the three-match series.
For the Test series, Kavem Hodge, Nkrumah Bonner, Sheyne Moseley and Kyle Mayers have earned their maiden call-ups for Bangladesh tour.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have named a preliminary squad for the home series against Bangladesh. Former captain and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has made his comeback to the national side after serving twelve month ban.
Left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman will be also looking to make an impression after being included in the preliminary squad. Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Taskin Ahmed are premier pace options for the side for home series.
Mashrafe Mortaza was not selected for the preliminary squad as selectors have decided to prepare adequate for 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. Mehidy Hasan Miraaz, Nayeem Hasan and Taijul Islam are prominent spinners picked in the preliminary squad.
There is no doubt that Bangladesh will start as clear favorites to win ODI and Test series against depleted West Indies side.
Bangladesh vs West Indies 2021 Schedule
1st ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Wednesday, 20th January, 2021, at 08:00 GMT
2nd ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Friday, 22nd January, 2021, at 08:00 GMT
3rd ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Monday, 25th January, 2021, at 08:00 GMT
1st Test – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021 at 04:00 GMT
2nd Test – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Thursday, 11th February , 2021, at 04:00 GMT