No mandatory quarantine for West Indies in Bangladesh

The West Indies cricket team will be able to start practice sessions right after being tested negative for COVID-19 when they tour Bangladesh in January 2021, informed BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

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The series in January-February against West Indies will be Bangladesh’s first international affair since March 2020. Bangladesh have missed at least five bilateral series – Pakistan (away), Ireland (away), England), Australia (home), New Zealand (home) and Sri Lanka (away) – since the pandemic.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board’s main focus is to reschedule the series missed. “At the moment we don’t have any plans on arranging additional series. We are working with the boards to reschedule the postponed series,” Nizamuddin said.

Foreign coaches of BCB have been enjoying relaxed quarantine rules in Bangladesh. This will be the same for West Indies team as well.

“We have a standard practice of allowing foreign individuals to get into services after negative (COVID-19) test results. They (WI) will be free as soon as tested negative. We are working with the government on this,” Nizamuddin told the reporters on Wednesday.

The Caribbeans are scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is in Bangladesh. Cricket West Indies (CWI) has requested to reduce three Test matches to two. However, it is yet to be finalised.

“West Indies are due to tour Bangladesh in January-February. The West Indies board requested us to minimise the time for the tour since the bio-bubble has become challenging. In that case, there is an option of reducing the number of Tests. It is yet to be confirmed,” the BCB CEO added.

West Indies earlier toured England for three Tests in July. It was the first international series in a bio-bubble since the pandemic. Currently, they are touring New Zealand for three T20Is and two Tests.

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