Bangladesh will be hosting the West Indies cricket team in early January next year as scheduled. They still have a good one and a half months left for the series, but a two-man two-member inspection team has reached Bangladesh today to inspect the coronavirus situation here in Bangladesh.
The two members of the inspection team are - Dr Akshai Mansingh( (a member of the CWI's and ICC's Medical Advisory Committee) and Paul Slowe (CWI's Security Manager).
While in Bangladesh, they will visit all the proposed facilities for the tour in both Dhaka and Chattogram, attend matches in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup and also get a first-hand look at the country's Covid-19 response protocols.
"We would be the first International Team to visit Bangladesh since the onset of the pandemic and, acting always with the health and safety of our touring party at the forefront of our minds, we have decided to conduct a pre-tour recce by sending two highly experienced professionals to assess the BCB's bio-secure plans and protocols," said CWI CEO Johnny Grave a few days ago.
West Indies are hoping to send their best possible teams in the tour if everything goes according to the plan. They are scheduled to play three Test matches, three ODIs and two T20Is according to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP). The Tour is due to feature matches in both the ongoing ICC Test Match Championship and the ICC One-Day International Super League.
The tour of Bangladesh would be the third tour for the West Indies Men's team since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are presently in New Zealand for three T20Is, two Test matches and two 'A' Team Four-Day matches. Earlier this year they visited England where they played three Test matches, in a bio-secure environment, which marked the return to the game on the international stage.
The last time they visited Bangladesh, West Indies lost both Test and ODI series before bagging the T20Is.