Decision on reducing Bangladesh-West Indies Tests soon
Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt has assured of Caribbeans touring Bangladesh in January-February next year. The number of Test matches for the series will be finalised soon.
As per the FTP (Future Tours Program), West Indies are scheduled to play three Tests alongside three ODIs and two T20Is in Bangladesh. However, the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) and CWI are considering to cut off one Test from the tour to make bio-bubble life easier for the players and staffs.
“There has been an option to reduce from three to two Test matches. But it’s not finalised yet. It will be finalised within the next few days,” Skerritt told while speaking to Maasranga Television.
“The problem is that we have to look at it from all perspectives – the COVID-19, the schedule and costs. These days pressures that COVID has brought to world cricket is significant in terms of revenue.
“We want to come to Bangladesh because we respect the relationship and the bilateral agreements we have.”
The CWI boss hopes for a competitive series between the two sides.
“We believe that a tour to Bangladesh is always challenging. The environment is very different to our home conditions.”
“But we have always done well in Bangladesh. Our players enjoy playing against Bangladesh. At the moment, we are fairly evenly matched. It’s always a good series between West Indies team and Bangladesh,” he added.
The Test series is a part of World Test Championship 2019-21. The ODIs will account into Cricket World Cup Super League.
West Indies last toured Bangladesh in late 2018 when they played two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The visitors won the T20I series 2-1 but lost 0-2 and 1-2 in Tests and ODIs respectively.