CEO of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave is encouraging the players selected for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh to make full use of the opportunity to represent the region, despite being surprise selections.

Twelve players, including West Indies test captain Jason Holder, vice-captain Roston Chase and T20 captain Kieron Pollard opted not make themselves available for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

The players cited health and safety reasons in their decision to reject the tour.

There will be first-time call-ups for Kavem Hodge to the Test squad and left-handed opener Shayne Moseley and all-rounder Kyle Mayers touring in the Test squad for the first time, after being part of the reserve team to England and New Zealand.

Two players earned first call-ups to the ODI squad – Akeal Hosein, a left-arm spinner allrounder, and Kjorn Ottley, a left-handed top-order batsman.  

Despite expecting difficult conditions for the tour, Grave hopes some of the players will use the opportunity to challenge for regular places.

Grave says the tour is very important to the Windies qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West indies.