Harding replaces Shepherd in West Indies ODI squad to tour Bangladesh

St. John’s, Antigua, January 7 - (www.bcacricket.org) - — Barbados Pride fast bowler Keon Harding has replaced Romario Shepherd in the West Indies One-Day International (ODI) squad for the three-match series in Bangladesh later this month.

All-rounder Shepherd returned a positive COVID-19 test in his Guyana hometown and will therefore be unavailable for the tour. In accordance with the established Government stipulations, Shepherd will remain in Guyana where he is undergoing a period of isolation that unfortunately will extend beyond the team's travel period. Some members of the touring party departed today while others will leave tomorrow.

Following established medical protocols, Cricket West Indies (CWI) started the first of a series of COVID-19 tests on all members of the Bangladesh touring party on January 2 and following receipt of the results today, CWI can confirm that all other members of the touring party have returned negative results. All members of the touring party took their second and final pre-travel COVID-19 test yesterday.

Harding, 24, was among the travelling reserves for the Sandals West Indies Test tour of England last summer.

The tour to Bangladesh also features a two-Test series.

Squads:

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

FULL TOUR SCHEDULE

January 10: West Indies arrive

January 18: One-day warm-up match, BKSP, Savar

January 20: 1st ODI, SBNCS, Dhaka

January 22: 2nd ODI, SBNCS, Dhaka

January 25: 3rd ODI, ZACS, Chattogram

January 28-31: Four-day warm-up, M.A. Aziz Stadium, Chattogram

February 3-7: 1st Test Match, ZACS, Chattogram

February 11-15: 2nd Test Match, SBNCS, Dhaka



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