West Indies cricket team will be “topless” in their upcoming Bangladesh tour. Just kidding, actually, top West indian cricketers have pull themselves off from the upcoming Bangladesh tour addressing COVID-19 related concerns or personal fears.
However, Cricket West Indies aka CWI announced their both Test and ODI squads on Tuesday for Bangladesh’s first international series since COVID-19 pandemic.
West Indies are scheduled to play three ODIs and two Tests in Chattagram and Dhaka. The visitors’ flight is due to land in Dhaka on January 10 and the series will run until mid February.
Among the top Windies guys, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran refused to tour Bangladesh due to Covid-19 related concerns or personal fears while Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich are unavailable due to personal reasons.
In fact, regarding player’s own safety fears or concerns, the CWI’s COVID-19 policy allows their players to opt out of selection for any overseas tour. However, such decisions will not impact their consideration for future selection.
West Indies board named experienced Kraigg Brathwaite as their Test captain with Jermaine Blackwood as vice-captain for this particular tour. Henceforth, former Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies A team captain, Jason Mohammed, will lead the ODI team with Sunil Ambris as vice-captain.
It’s not surprising that Windies board will come up with few freshers. They have introduced three new faces in the Test squad. Here they are; right-handed top-order batsman Kavem Hodge, left-handed opener Shayne Moseley and all-rounder Kyle Mayers.
Two players have earned their first call-ups for the ODI squad — Akeal Hosein, a left-arm spinner allrounder; and Kjorn Ottley, a left-handed top-order batsman.
“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,” CWI’s lead selector Roger Harper said in a press release.
“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,” Harper added.
West Indies Test Squad
Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), 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
West Indies ODI Squad
Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), 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