West Indies gamers can be allowed to coach after two Covid-19 checks and three days of isolation within the lodge

The 38-member West Indies contingent arrived in Dhaka on Sunday morning to grow to be the primary worldwide aspect to reach in Bangladesh because the Covid-19 outbreak.

The pandemic has already had a direct impact on the tour after quick bowler Romario Shepherd, who was a part of the vacationers’ ODI squad, returned a optimistic lead to Guyana previous to their departure.

Keon Harding, the 24-year-old Barbados quick bowler has been named as Shepherd’s alternative, making it 9 uncapped gamers within the 15-man ODI squad. Owing to the pandemic, plenty of senior West Indies cricketers have opted out of the tour for each the ODIs and Assessments.

Those that have arrived on Sunday will bear Covid-19 checks, after which they are going to isolate themselves of their lodge rooms for the primary three days earlier than being examined once more; in the event that they take a look at destructive on each checks, they are going to be allowed to coach from the fourth day.

West Indies will play a warm-up one-dayer on the BKSP floor in Savar on January 18, some 40km from Dhaka, earlier than the primary ODI on January 20.

A 3rd spherical of testing will happen after day seven of the tour and likewise as soon as earlier than the beginning of the ODI sequence. The Bangladesh board will reportedly additionally present native web bowlers who can be stored in a “mirror bubble” alongside different service suppliers and floor workers, in lodging amenities contained in the Shere Bangla Nationwide Stadium. Each side will even be examined upon arrival in Chattogram for the third ODI on January 23, and there can be extra testing earlier than and throughout the Take a look at sequence, which is scheduled for subsequent month.

The BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus mentioned that they’ve taken under consideration each contingency when planning the bio-secure bubble for the tour. He mentioned that the BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup in October and November gave them a transparent thought about what to anticipate.

“We’re actually joyful to return to worldwide cricket after a very long time,” Yunus mentioned. “It’s undoubtedly a problem to host a sequence throughout a pandemic. We’re very a lot assured that we are able to full this sequence with none hindrance. We’re ready to deal with any type of disaster in each venues. We’ve got gained expertise of a bio-bubble having already held two home tournaments. Hopefully, it is going to be a really clean tour.

“They [West Indies] have agreed to be compliant. The settlement contains all of the dos and don’ts. We can be strict about all the tour. The largest factor is that there can be plenty of checks. All the ground attendants on the lodge and catering workers have been examined, and the identical applies for any service supplier together with web bowlers and the board’s photographer.”

This upcoming ODI sequence can be Bangladesh’s first worldwide task since Zimbabwe toured the nation in February and March final yr, when the T20I sequence had restricted entrance with Bangladesh not but feeling the total pressure of Covid-19. Since then, Bangladesh have had excursions to Eire, England (for the Eire ODIs), Sri Lanka and New Zealand postponed, aside from residence excursions towards Australia and New Zealand.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84


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