Roberts furious at big players pulling out of Bangladesh tour
West Indies legend Andy Roberts has been left unimpressed with as many as ten players opting not to tour Bangladesh due to COVID-related reasons or personal fears.
Test captain Jason Holder, ODI captain Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran are the ten men.
West Indies were the ones who marked the return of international cricket during pandemic in the historic three-Test tour of England. Several Caribbean players then went on to play CPL and IPL before the national team touring New Zealand for three T20Is and two Tests.
Roberts questions the difference between touring England/New Zealand and Bangladesh that would make players hesitate to visit.
“How do all of these guys who couldn’t make a team two or three years ago now become so big that they are refusing to tour and blaming it on the bubble,” Roberts said.
“Was it a problem when the majority of these players went to England? Was it a problem when the majority of these players went to New Zealand? How now is it a problem when they are going to Bangladesh?”
As of Monday morning, Bangladesh has 47,795 active cases. This is a large decline since it had been around 70 to 80 thousands three months ago. 7,626 people died of COVID-19.
West Indies Test squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican
West Indies ODI squad: Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh jr
Bangladesh vs West Indies fixtures-
Jan 18: One-day warm up, BKSP, Savar
Jan 20: 1st ODI, SBNCS, Mirpur
Jan 22: 2nd ODI, SBNCS, Mirpur
Jan 25: 3rd ODI, ZACS, Chattogram
Jan 28-31: Four-day warm up, MA Aziz, Chattogram
Feb 3-7: 1st Test, ZACS, Chattogram
Feb 11-15: 2nd Test, SBNCS, Mirpur