Jason Holder, Test skipper and Kieron Pollard, the ODI and T20I captain, are among 12 cricketers who have declined to tour Asian country Bangladesh due to COVID-19 fears.
The Caribbean team are scheduled to play three ODIs and two Tests in Dhaka and Chattogram. The three ODIs will be on 2oth, 22nd and 25th while the two Tests starts from 3rd February and concludes on 15th February.
Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard And Some Others Unavailable Due To Covid-19 Related Concerns: Cricket West Indies
The Test and ODI series will also mark Bangladesh’s return to international cricket after nearly 11 months amidst the coronavirus pandemic as their last match was a T20I encounter on 11th March against Zimbabwe which Bangladesh won. The tour to Pakistan in January- February was cut short earlier as the 2nd Test and only ODI were cancelled.
In the meantime, Cricket West Indies (CWI) named the Test and ODI squads without their star players like Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope. Meanwhile, Kavem Hodge has earned his maiden international call-up after being inducted in the Test squad.
“The following players declined the opportunity to tour due to Covid-19 related concerns or personal fears: Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran. Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich are unavailable due to personal reasons,” a CWI statement was quoted as saying on Tuesday, December 29.
“The CWI Covid-19 policy allows any player to opt out of selection for an overseas tour, only when based on the player’s own safety fears or concerns. Such decisions will not impact their consideration for future selection,” it stated.
Interestingly, Jason Holder and Nicholas Pooran are currently busy taking part in the Big Bash League 2020-21 in Australia. Even as West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder is playing for the Sydney Sixers, Nicholas Pooran is plying his trade for Glenn Maxwell’s Melbourne Stars. For the Bangladesh tour, the West Indies players are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on January 10 as the tour concludes on February 15.
Jason Holder Led West Indies In 37 Tests
Jason Holder had led West Indies in 37 Tests and they won only 11 of them whereas Kieron Pollard is comparatively new leading West Indies in 12 ODIs and 14 T20Is.
Right-handed batsman Kavem Hodge earned his maiden international call-up whereas the duo of Shayne Moseley and Kyle Mayers who toured England and New Zealand earlier has now earned Test call-ups. Roger Harper, the CWI’s lead selector, lauded the trio for their impressive performances in recent times.
Kyle Mayers was also impressive in Caribbean Premier League 2020 where he represented the Barbados Tridents, captained by Jason Holder. Kyle Mayers scored 222 runs with the highest score of 85 besides picking 2 wickets in CPL 2020. Two players have earned their first ODI call-ups- all-round left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, and Kjorn Ottley, a left-handed top-order batsman.
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 junior