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Update WI yet to confirm Bangladesh tour, eye short series

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Cricket West Indies said on Monday (December 7) that a final decision on touring Bangladesh will be taken in the upcoming week. West Indies are due to arrive in January for three Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals.

Cricbuzz understands that CWI is not keen on playing those two T20Is and one Test match as they want to wrap up the series as quickly as possible.

CWI president Ricky Skerritt told Cricbuzz on Monday that they are yet to take a decision regarding their forthcoming Bangladesh tour adding that they are expected to make a call soon. "The tour is not finalized," he stated. "There is no final decision on anything."

The two-member inspection team from Cricket West Indies recently expressed satisfaction over the COVID-19 and security protocols set by Bangladesh Cricket Board for the series next month. Skerritt added that they have to take everything into consideration before finalizing the tour as it comprises of too many matches.

"The matter is being finalized this week. We have a very packed schedule ahead in 2021 because of the postponement of so much cricket in 2020," said Skerritt when asked if they are willing to play only two Tests and three ODIs in the series.

BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan said that the board is still awaiting a reply from their counterparts and hinted that the series could indeed be shortened.

"It's not that they don't want to play but they are not ready to stay here for a long period of time. In the recent past there was bio-bubble trouble during the England-South Africa series," said Akram.

"There is a possibility that the series will proceed without those two T20Is and one Test" he added.

BCB are looking to reschedule games that have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh had to cancel their tour of Pakistan in March and then their white-ball tour of Ireland in May as the pandemic situation worsened around the world. That was followed by the postponement of the Sri Lanka tour. Their two-match Test series against Australia and New Zealand respectively have also been postponed.

Bangladesh were also looking to reschedule the tour of Sri Lanka in October but those plans went in vain as the [font=helvetica, "Segoe UI", Arial, sans-serif]visitors were not ready to accept the 14-day quarantine proposed by Sri Lanka.


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