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Bangladesh players to wear special jerseys to celebrate 50 years of independence
West Indies tour of Bangladesh

Bangladesh players to wear special jerseys to celebrate 50 years of independence

Bangladesh players will be donning specially designed jerseys during the upcoming ODI series against West Indies to commemorate 50 years of the country's independence.

The official Independence Day of Bangladesh is celebrated on March 26 each year as the BCB aims to honour the occasion in their first international assignment since the coronavirus outbreak.

The shirts, which will be worn by members of the Bangladesh team, feature a different blend of red and green resembling the outlook of the national flag.

The hosts' first ODI against the largely depleted West Indies squad will take place on January 20 in Dhaka. Both teams will travel to Chittagong for the last ODI scheduled to be held on January 25.

"Much like the entire nation, the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the players will also be associated as we are going to celebrate the 50th year of our independence and it's a very special occasion for us," BCB director Akram Khan was quoted as saying by Daily Star.

The BCB had initially harboured preparations to observe Independence Day on a grander scale but decided to reduce the intensity in light of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation.

In addition to unique jersey, the BCB is also expected to introduce a distinct coin for the pre-match toss amid the three-match ODI series.

"To celebrate the occasion, we have designed the team jersey accordingly. We had huge plans but due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to think about health safety too.

"However, we might consider launching a special coin for the toss to mark the occasion during the series," Akram said.