Bangladesh-West Indies may see two Tests instead of three

West Indies will land in Bangladesh in January 2021 to play three Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is. However, the Test matches may be reduced to two.

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Bangladesh are set to make return to international cricket after ten months. The Tigers last played an international match in March 2020, against Zimbabwe at home. Bangladesh’s performances were 1-0 in one-off Test, 3-0 and 2-0 whitewashes in ODI and T20I series respectively.

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West Indies will need to complete seven days quarantine on arrival in Bangladesh. According to BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board), Cricket West Indies (CWI) has requested to play two Test matches instead of three.

West Indies have been regular in competitive cricket since July. They visited England for three Test matches which they lost 1-2. Trinidad hosted the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 successfully. Several West Indian players took part in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

West Indies are currently in New Zealand for three T20Is and two Test matches that will take place in November-December.

The three-match series between Bangladesh and West Indies is a part of ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. If the series cuts to two Tests, a win in one Test match will count 60 points rather than 40-per-Test in a three-match affair.

The ODIs will be included for Cricket World Cup Super League. Both teams are yet to feature in the Super League competition.

Bangladesh are placed at the bottom of Test Championship table with 0.00% points. West Indies are at No.7 with 16.67% points, having just 40 points from 240 points contested.

West Indies previously toured Bangladesh in late 2018. The hosts won the Test and ODI series by 2-0 and 2-1 respectively. The Caribbeans however took the T20I series 2-1.

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