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Second-string West Indies not Bangladesh’s headache

Bangladesh will go ahead with positive frame of mind when they take on a second-string West Indies side in home series starting from next month.

A total of ten players opted out of Bangladesh tour due to COVID-related concerns or personal fears. Test captain Jason Holder, ODI skipper Kieron Pollard, top players Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer are among them.

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Kraigg Brathwaite and Jason Mohammed will lead the Caribbeans in Tests and ODIs respectively.

Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar is not worrying at all about the ‘new look’ West Indian squads. Playing good cricket to earn World Test Championship and Cricket World Cup Super League points is the motto for the Tigers.

“No comments (on the team). It’s not our headache what team they are sending. We have to play our best cricket irrespective of oppositions. That is our only target,” Bashar told BDCricTime.

“They all are good cricketers. We should not have the negative thought of ‘what will happen if we lose’. Defeat means defeat. It doesn’t matter who you play with. Whenever we play, be it against Australia or India, we never think of losing.”

The series will start with three ODIs in January before the two Tests are played in February.

West Indies 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

West Indies 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

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