ALL-ROUNDER Romario Shepherd has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss all three ODIs against hosts Bangladesh later this month. The three ODIs are scheduled for January 20, 22 and 25 in Dhaka and Chattogram.
Information reached by Chronicle Sport revealed that the 26-year-old player is currently on his own after receiving the positive results on January 2. Shepherd, the Berbician was due to leave Guyana tomorrow to contact other members of the squad on its way to Bangladesh.
The loss of Shepherd, however, will be a major blow to the West Indies, which already lacked many stars including captain Jason Holder, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Kieron Pollard, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell and Nicholas Pooran .
Shepherd scored a century and 50 during the West Indies’ recent ‘A’ tour of New Zealand and was one of the bright lights in an otherwise disastrous trip. He also scooped two wickets in the unofficial two Tests series.
Barbadian fast bowler Keon Harding, meanwhile, has been selected to join the West Indies tour to Bangladesh later this month.
The 24-year-old right-arm fast bowler replaces Shepherd, according to sports broadcaster Andrew Mason.
Harding has played 17 First Class matches where he has scored 54 wickets at an average of 25.11. His best bowling performance came against Trinidad and Tobago in February 2020 when he took 10 wickets in the match with a best of 5 for 19 in TT’s second innings.