Bangladesh vs West Indies: DRS out of first ODI
There is a possibility of the first Bangladesh-West Indies ODI being played without DRS, according to BCB’s Media Committee Chairman Jalal Yunus. The non-availability is associated with a DRS engineer travelling from London and Bangladesh’s COVID protocols for arrivals from the UK.
“DRS will surely be there, but one issue of DRS is that our engineer is supposed to come from London. You know that England has the COVID Protocol that suggest that the first four days out of 14 days must be in isolation, which means four days in Government isolation.” Yunus told reporters on Monday.
“We have applied to the Ministry of Health for this and at the same time we have spoken with the COVID Authority who look after it. So let’s see what happens now. But if we can manage the engineer on time than maybe on the 20th there will be no problem. Otherwise the problem of DRS will be solved after this match,” he said.
However, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said he expected DRS to be available from the opening game given the series is part of the ICC Super League that affects qualification to the 2023 World Cup. “I think the DRS will be there from the opening game,” he said when probed about the confusion.
Meanwhile, Cricbuzz has learnt that BCB had applied to Health Ministry for exemption of corona period for umpire Richard Illingworth. Richard Kettleborough was originally expected to officiate in the Tests, but it is understood that he is not available.
A BCB official told Cricbuzz they are confident that Illingworth will be available, but if eventually he is not available, they might try to bring someone from the sub-continent. “A foreign umpire will arrive for the Test series. He will come and we have applied for his exemption, but as it is a Test series we have time on our hand,” he said.