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West Indies’ Test and one-day contingent will be subjected to a robust testing regime after they arrived on Sunday for their five-week series, becoming the first international side to tour Bangladesh since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Caribbean side are scheduled to face the hosts in three One-Day Internationals and two Tests from January 20 to February 15, but will be without ten first choice players who declined selection because of fears over the Covid environment in the country.

Health authorities here reported 1,071 new infections on Sunday, along with 25 more deaths. The overall infection tally stands at 522,453 and the death toll at 7,781.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has opted to engage in rigorous testing of the travelling party, with testing taking place prior to and during both the one-day and Test series.

West Indies were expected to be tested on arrival and again following three days of isolation in their hotel rooms. Once tests return negative, players will be allowed to begin training.

After a week, players will be tested a third time and yet again prior to the one-day series, with testing continuing prior to and during the two-Test series from February 3-15. Further, the BCB confirmed that all hotel and support staff along with caterers, involved with West Indies, will also be tested.

“We will be strict about the entire tour. The biggest thing is that there will be a number of tests,” said BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus. “All the floor attendants at the hotel and catering staff have been tested, and the same applies for any service provider including net bowlers and the board’s photographer.”

Fast bowling all-rounder Romario Shepherd tested positive in Guyana before the squad departed the Caribbean and had to be replaced by pacer Keon Harding.

Following a one-day warm-up on January 18 at the National Sports Institute on the fringes of Dhaka, West Indies will face the hosts in the opening two One-Day Internationals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka before heading to Chattogram for the third match on January 25.

West Indies then play a four-day warm-up at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chattogram starting January 28 before the opening Test bowls off six days later at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the same city. The final Test gets under way on February 11 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.


Despite travelling to Bangladesh without 12 of their first-choice players, Sir Curtly Ambrose is still backing the West Indies to spring a few surprises in the upcoming three-match ODI series and two-game Test series.

West Indies wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva sees the Bangladesh tour as an opportunity to showcase the team’s depth and insisted that all the players who have opted to make the trip are ready to meet the challenge.

The normalisation committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has appointed an acting general secretary in Amiel Mohammed.

Mohammed will now officially fill in for general secretary Ramesh Ramdhan, who was suspended by the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee chairman Robert Hadad in mid-2020.

Njisane Phillip was the only cyclist to achieve a qualifying time as competition returned to the National Cycling Centre (NCC), in Couva, on Saturday.

Phillip clocked 10.488 seconds in the Flying 200 metres at the first of two assessment meets. Following the second assessment, on January 29, the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF) will select cyclists for the Elite Pan American Track Championships in Lima, Peru and the Junior Track World Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

RICHARD MCLETCHIE regained his title but Athelstan Phillips did not, when the curtain finally fell on the 2020 Shell Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament yesterday at the club’s courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

In searching for a living example of strength in depth in a sporting context you would have to search far and wide to come up with something better than the Indian bowling line-up for the final Test of the series against Australia which comes to an end tonight in Brisbane.