Cricket West Indies (CWI) has named their white-ball and red-ball squads for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh. West Indies will participate in three ODIs and two Tests in Chattogram and Dhaka. The men in maroon will arrive in Dhaka on the 10th of January and the series will resume till the next month of 15th. The West Indies will field a depleted squad due to health-related reasons.
The likes of Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran have refused to tour the nation due to COVID-19 related concerns. On the other hand, Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich have confirmed their unavailability, owing to personal reasons.
Cricket West Indies has allowed its players to opt out of any overseas series as they see fit for their safety and such decisions will not determine their future selection chances. The two Test matches will be part of the ICC World Test Championship while the ODIs are the first for the West Indies in their ICC World Cup Super League campaign that provides an opportunity to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2023 directly.
Opening batsman Kraigg Braithwaite will lead the Test team while Jermaine Blackwood will serve as his deputy. Former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies A team skipper Jason Mohammed will captain the ODI team with Sunil Ambris as the vice-captain. Kavem Hodge, the right-handed top-order batsman has received a maiden call-up to the Test squad while left-handed opener Shayne Moseley and all-rounder Kyle Mayers will be visiting with the party for the first time.
As for the ODI line-up, left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Akeal Hosein and left-handed batsman Kjorn Ottley have earned maiden call-ups. Roger Harper, West Indies’ chief selector, underlined that Kavem Hodge has been in the domestic circuit for quite a few years now and made an irrefutable case for selection and he also provides the option of left-arm spin. Despite the absence of several senior players, Harper expects their players to compete well and prove that they belong at the international level.
“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. 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,” Harper said as quoted in the official website.
The tour begins with One-day warm-up game at Savar on the 18th of January followed by the first ODI on 20th and 22nd, hosted by Dhaka. West Indies and Bangladesh will move to Chattogram for the third ODI on the 25th. Chattogram will stage the four-day warm-up game on the 28th and the first Test from the 3rd of February. West Indies’ visit ends in Dhaka where the second Test will commence from the 11th.
West Indies Test squad:
Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua de Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymond Reifer, Jomel Warrican.
West Indies ODI squad:
Jason Mohammed (c), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua de Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymond Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.