Bangladesh-West Indies T20Is could be scrapped
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) are likely to cut off one Test and two-match T20I series to shorten the tour in bio-bubble.
As per the FTP (Future Tours Programme), West Indies were scheduled to play three Tests and as many ODIs with two T20 Internationals in January-February 2021.
However, the bio-bubble life has taken toll on several cricketers around the world. The COVID crisis deepened when England pulled out of South Africa ODI tour after three South African players, two Englishman and two hotel staff returned COVID-19 positive in middle of the tour.
CWI is keen on shortening the tour as 2021 awaits a tight schedule for many international sides.
“The matter is being finalized this week. We have a very packed schedule ahead in 2021 because of the postponement of so much cricket in 2020,” CWI President Richard Skerrit told Cricbuzz.
Previously, CWI requested BCB to make the three-match Test series, a part of World Test Championship, into two Tests. The removal of T20Is comes as a new proposal. BCB director Akram Khan has hinted at the tour going ahead with two Tests and three ODIs only.
“It’s not that they don’t want to play but they are not ready to stay here for a long period of time. In the recent past there was bio-bubble trouble during the England-South Africa series,” Akram said.
“There is a possibility that the series will proceed without those two T20Is and one Test.”
Bangladesh will be touring New Zealand in March. The West Indian side are currently in New Zealand, playing a two-Test series after finishing three T20Is.