Dhaka: A two-member Cricket West Indies (CWI) team arrived on Saturday to take stock of the COVID-19 management plans put in place by the Bangladesh Cricket Board ahead of their series in January.
CWI director Dr Akshai Mansingh and the board's security manager Paul Slowewill, who arrived in Dhaka to inspect the BCB's bio-security plans and health protocols, are also expected to travel to Chattogram. The duo will stay in the country till 3 December.
"They arrived to come and see our COVID-19 management plan and the security plan ahead of their scheduled tour in January," BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz.
The two officials are likely to undergo a COVID-19 test on Saturday and begin their inspection, subject to clearance.
During the tour, West Indies are scheduled to play a full series comprising three Tests, as many ODIs and two T20Is.
The development comes close on the heels of CWI president Ricky Skerritt's recent statement that West Indies are keen to tour Bangladesh as scheduled, in January next year.
West Indies are currently on a tour of New Zealand, where they are scheduled to play three T20Is and two Test matches.
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