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Caribbean Life News: West Indies tour of Bangladesh gets approved

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A Cricket West Indies (CWI) inspection team has given the thumbs up for the bio-secure arrangements put in place by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for West Indies’ proposed tour of Bangladesh next month.

CWI Director, Dr. Akshai Mansingh, along with Security Manager, Paul Stowe, recently toured stadia in Dhaka and Chattogram and also visited airports, hotels, hospitals and state of readiness.

The tour, expected to comprise Tests and limited overs matches, hosted by the country amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mansingh told reporters that the protocols that were described by the BCB were very, very, well thought out.

“The fact that there have been three competitions prior to our coming and one (Twenty20 Cup) going on now obviously, they are well practiced with bio-secure protocols. We are very happy with what we saw in Dhaka and Chattogram. The facilities are excellent. The COVID-19 protocols are concise and tight,” Dr. Mansingh said.

Bangladesh has recorded more than 465,000 COVID-19 cases with 6,600 deaths. Dhaka, the country’s capital, has reported over 300,000 cases.

If West Indies proceeds with the series, it will mark their third international tour since the COVID-19 outbreak last March and subsequent global cessation of cricket.

The West Indies will be subjected to tight protocols because of the elevated levels of infections.

The regional team last toured Bangladesh two years ago by a combinations of Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 internationals.

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