Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced that Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers and a non-coaching member of the team management won’t take part in the upcoming series as they have been tested positive for COVID-19 after their arrival in Pakistan.
However, they will be in isolation for 10 days and also until they return negative RT-PCR test results as well. CWI revealed, adding that all of them were fully vaccinated and did not show major symptoms as well.
“Our arrival testing protocols in Pakistan have confirmed four COVID-19 positives,” Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI, said in a statement. “These were confirmed whilst the players and staff were still in room isolation so… we are confident that the tour can continue as everyone else returned negative PCRs prior to their arrival into Pakistan and two negative PCRs since they have been in Karachi.”
“The risk of COVID-19 infection is impossible to remove completely from a cricket tour, in spite of the fact that many of our players have been living in bio-secure bubbles almost continuously since before the CPL. This unusual loss of three players from our squad will seriously impact our team preparations, but the rest of the squad are in good spirits and will begin training today ahead of our first game on Monday,” it further added.
However, West Indies will play a three-match T20 series and as many 50-over matches in Pakistan beginning on Monday. Meanwhile, this is going to be the first visit by an international side since England and New Zealand pulled out of their scheduled series this year owing to security reasons. Meanwhile, their white-ball captain Kieron Pollard isn’t available as he is yet to be recovered from the hamstring injury which he had sustained during the T20 World Cup in the UAE as well.