COVID-19 Presents Sticky Wicket For WI’s Tour Of Bangladesh

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Ricky Skerritt, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, is looking at reducing next year’s Test series in Bangladesh from three to two matches because of the on-going coronavirus crisis.

The West Indies, currently in New Zealand on their second Test tour this year, kick-off their trio of one-day matches on 27 November before they contest a pair of Test matches that start on 3 December.

January’s proposed tour of Bangladesh, according to the ICC’s 2021 calendar, comprises three Tests, a trio of One Day Internationals (ODIs) and a pair of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). However, Skerritt has hit out and claimed: “There’s been an option to reduce from three to two Tests, but it is not finalised yet. It will be finalised within the next few days.


“The problem is we have to look at it from all perspectives – of COVID-19, scheduling and cost. The pressures that COVID-19 has brought to world cricket are significant in terms of revenue.

“We want to come to Bangladesh because we respect the relationship and the bilateral agreements that we have. We will always send the best available team to any tour that we undertake, including Bangladesh.

“We believe a tour to Bangladesh is always a challenging tour because it is an environment that’s very different to our own conditions.”

Image by Johnnie Shannon from Pixabay

New Zealand v West Indies tour schedule
27 November
1st T20I

Eden Park, Auckland

29 November
2nd T20I
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

30 November
3rd T20I
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

3-7 December
1st Test
Seddon Park, Hamilton


11-15 December
2nd Test
Basin Reserve, Wellington

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