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Holder, Pollard, Pooran among 10 players to miss Bangladesh tour

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:28 PM, 29 December 2020   Updated: 10:28 PM, 29 December 2020

Holder, Pollard, Pooran among 10 players to miss Bangladesh tour

Holder, Pollard, Pooran among 10 players to miss Bangladesh tour

Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran are among 10 high-profile West Indies players who have opted out of the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh over COVID-19 and personal concerns. In Holder and Pollard's absence, Kraigg Brathwaite and Jason Mohammed have been named captains of the Test and ODI teams respectively.

Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope are the other players to withdraw from the series while Fabian Allen and Shane Dowrich have excused themselves from the series because of personal reasons.

"The CWI COVID-19 policy allows any player to opt-out of selection for an overseas tour, only when based on the player's own safety fears or concerns. Such decisions will not impact their consideration for future selection," Cricket West Indies said in a release.

Kavem Hodge, batting all-rounder from the Windward Islands, has earned his maiden Test call-up. Hodge has 1890 runs in first-class cricket and has bagged 44 wickets with his left-arm spin. Shayne Moseley, the left-handed opener, and Kyle Mayers, the all-rounder, have also earned their maiden call-ups to the Test squad after being included as reserves for the tours of England and New Zealand. Mayers has already played two T20Is for the West Indies. Meanwhile, Akeal Hosein, spinning-allrounder, and Kjorn Ottley, left-handed top-order batsman, have made it to the ODI squad for the first time.

Roger Harper, CWI's Lead Selector, said: "Kavem Hodge will be on his first tour with the team. He has been around for a few years and has made a case for himself and he now gets his chance. The fact that he also bowls left arm spin has certainly helped his cause. We also have Kyle Mayers and Shayne Moseley, who have both toured with the team to England and New Zealand as reserves, being selected in the Test Squad for the first time. Moseley coming off successful 'A Team' games in New Zealand and Mayers who has performed well in each of the CWI regional tournaments and also the CPL, over the last year.

"The absence of several more experienced players has certainly provided an opportunity for the left-handed Kjorn Ottley who has had a good Super50 tournament last year. He will be very keen to make his mark. Tours of Bangladesh are never easy as they always play well in their own conditions. Although a number of the senior players are missing in both formats, I expect our teams to be very competitive. I expect our players to play with purpose, with passion and with the desire to prove that they belong at this level," he added.

The West Indies squad are scheduled to reach Bangladesh on January 10. They'll play three ODIs on January 20, 22 and 25. They'll be followed by two Test matches at Chattogram and Dhaka from February 3 and February 11 respectively.

Test Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kavem Hodge, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican

ODI Squad: Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh jr