Tour in Doubt after Cricket West Indies Confirms One other 5 COVID Circumstances

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A high-level assembly between Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board early Thursday will decide the destiny of the tour of Pakistan after one other 5 members of the touring contingent examined optimistic for COVID-19.

In an announcement issued at practically midnight on Wednesday, CWI confirmed that the trio of batsman Shai Hope, left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and uncapped all-rounder Justin Greaves, had all returned optimistic assessments for the virus, together with assistant coach Roddy Estwick and crew doctor Dr Akshai Mansingh.

The newest batch of optimistic instances provides to the 4 recorded previous to the beginning of the collection when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, all-rounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers, and a non-coaching member of the assist employees additionally returned optimistic assessments.

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With Devon Thomas choosing up a finger harm and Darren Bravo combating a non-COVID-related sickness, it means West Indies now have eight gamers unavailable for choice.

And CWI stated Thursday’s assembly could be held “as soon as all members of the touring social gathering have been examined once more, to find out whether or not the tour can proceed”.

The third Twenty20 Worldwide is scheduled to bowl off at 6 pm (9 am Japanese Caribbean time).

The newest optimistic assessments surfaced following PCR assessments carried out Wednesday, as West Indies ready for Thursday’s collection finale on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi.

Hope and Hosein featured in each T20 Internationals earlier this week whereas the 27-year-old Greaves, named within the One-Day Worldwide squad solely, is but to see motion on tour.

For the 28-year-old Hope, it’s the second time this 12 months he has examined optimistic for COVID-19 after being dominated out of final February’s Super50 Cup in Antigua, alongside together with his brother Kyle Hope.

The trio of Hope, Hosein and Greaves, together with Estwick and Dr Mansingh – the latter of whom was offering medical supervision to the preliminary batch of optimistic instances – will all now spend the subsequent ten days in isolation, that means they’re unlikely to return to the Caribbean till after Christmas.

“All three gamers will subsequently miss the upcoming matches and all 5 people will stay remoted from the remainder of the West Indies squad and at the moment are below the care and supervision offered by the medical officers,” the CWI assertion stated.

As per protocols, all members in isolation must return adverse PCR assessments earlier than being launched.

Initially, the tour was scheduled to run from December 13-22, and comprise three T20 Internationals and three ODIs.

West Indies misplaced Monday’s opening T20 Worldwide by 63 runs earlier than additionally happening by 9 runs within the second sport on Tuesday.

Solely final month, West Indies Ladies had been pressured to depart the 50-overs World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe prematurely, after the Worldwide Cricket Council abruptly aborted the match as a result of emergence of the brand new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which pressured a number of main nations to slap journey restrictions on southern African nations.

The squad spent two weeks within the Gulf state of Oman earlier than lastly arriving within the Caribbean final weekend.


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