Bangladesh are scheduled to host West Indies cricket team for two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is in January
Cricket West Indies [CWI] delegates in Bangladesh expressed their content with the Covid-19 management set by Bangladesh Cricket Board [BCB]. Bangladesh are scheduled to host West Indies cricket team for two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is in January. BCB has been busy in arranging domestic competitions under controlled environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic and similar arrangement will be in place for visiting West Indies cricket team.
BCB got cricket back to the field in September this year and since has arranged three competitions including the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup and the Covid-19 management by the board has seen zero cases of Covid positive inside the bio-secure bubble.
The Windies delegation team, involving Director of CWI Akshai Mansingh and head of security Paul Slowe, has visited the facilities which include the stadium, hotel and hospital both in Dhaka and Chittagong.
“Times are changing and everybody is keen to see the return of international cricket. Our coming to Bangladesh was to see if this would be possible early next year. I have to say that the protocols that were described to us by the BCB were very, very well thought-out. The fact that there have been three competitions, prior to our coming and one going on now obviously, they are well practiced. We are very happy with what we saw in Dhaka and Chattogram,” said Mashsingh to the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
“The facilities are excellent. The Covid protocols are concise and tight. The national approach, both in the hotels and hospitals that we visited, comply with all international standards recommended for Covid-19. From a medical point of view, we are very happy and we now have to present our findings to the board of directors of CWI. I am very confident that we saw is probably as good an arrangement as you can have anywhere in the world,” the CWI director added.
The date of arrival of West Indies team in Dhaka is however yet to be decided. According to Mansingh the arrival will depend on the quarantine protocol.
“According to Covid protocols, there will be at least seven days where we have to make sure we are not contaminating Bangladesh. So we have to make sure we are in quarantine. It is not just days, but negative tests as well. There have to be at least one negative test before coming and three negative tests while in Bangladesh. That period is usually seven days, and that’s why the exact dates have to be worked out now,” Mansingh explained.
“Certainly for the first three days, we suggest in-room quarantine. After the third day, we do a second test. After that is negative, we would like to do some practicing within our squad, but not exposing ourselves to anybody else until seven days are passed. We will have inter-squad practice and activities. After Day 7, the recommendation is that we should have net sessions with Bangladeshi players,” concluded the member of delegation team.