Dhaka, Chattogram to host West Indies series

Two cities are set to host Bangladesh vs West Indies series in January-February 2021.

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Dhaka’s Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium and Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram will stage the three Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.

SBNCS in Mirpur has been hosting all post-pandemic matches since September. Bangladesh’s top players played two red-ball practice matches and then took part in BCB President’s Cup. High Performance (HP) Unit players also played red-ball and T20 matches here.

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Currently, Mirpur is hosting Bangabandhu T20 Cup which will run till December 18.

Cricket West Indies will send two members to inspect Bangladesh’s situation. CWI director Dr. Akshai Mansingh (also a member of the ICC and CWI medical panel) and Paul Slowe, security and safety manager, will land in Bangladesh on November 28. They will run the inspection till December 3.

“Two personnel are coming on November 28. One is for medical and another one is for security. They will visit Dhaka and Chattogram. They will send a report after inspection. There is a great chance of the series taking place,” BCB director Akram Khan told the reporters on Tuesday.

“We have selected two venues – Dhaka and Chattogram. We are moving forward according to that.”

Bangladesh Cricket Board earlier ruled out possibilities of crowd returning to stadium in the T20 Cup. The West Indies series will also be played in closed doors across Dhaka and Chattogram.

“The West Indies series is crucial. But it is sad that the fans will not be able to join. If the situation improves, we can bring them back,” Akram added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused over 6000 death tolls in Bangladesh. For the past week, daily new cases have been over 2000.

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