CWI sympathetic to players’ fear of COVID-19

Second Test – England v West Indies
West Indies’ Jason Holder in England.
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Cricket West Indies says there would be no backlash from the regional board towards players who have declined for the tour of Bangladesh, saying the global COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in “unprecedented times and unprecedented conditions” under which to play cricket.

Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave, has made it clear to players once cricket resumed amid the ongoing pandemic that the decision to tour would rest with them, with no hard feelings towards players if they opted not to participate in any planned series.

West Indies’ captain Kieron Pollard bats during the third and final one-day international cricket match of the series between India and West Indies in Cuttack, India, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Associated Press /Mahesh Kumar A.

He was speaking against the backdrop of the decision of 10 players, including Test Captain, Jason Holder and white-ball Captain, Kieron Pollard to pull out of the Jan. 5- 15 tour of Bangladesh.

Grave said it was critical that only players who were confident in the safety and security provided, undertook the tour which comprises three One-Day International and two Tests.

“What we don’t want is players going but they are not confident they are going to be in a safe environment because we know they won’t perform if they’ve got uncertainties about the conditions they’ll be playing in,” Grave said.