Three West Indies players along with a staff member have tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Pakistan ahead of the T20I series.
All three players will now miss the series starting from December 13 in Karachi.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Saturday confirmed that left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, all-rounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers tested positive for covid as they arrived in Pakistan to play 3-match T20I series and 3-match ODI series starting from Monday. Besides the players, a non-coaching member of management staff has also tested positive as per the CWI statement.
Chase, Cottrell and Mayers unavailable for T20I Series in Pakistan after COVID-19 positive tests | Read More: https://t.co/bYHZ27FrrL
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 11, 2021
All of the four members were fully vaccinated and are found as asymptomatic as of now. They will now have to undergo a period of self-isolation for 10 days and will again be tested after that. “Our arrival testing protocols here have four positive cases which were confirmed while the players were under quarantine. We are still confident, despite the setbacks that the tour will continue as everyone else tested negative”, Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI said as posted by West Indies Cricket official website.
All of the four members are under the care and supervision of team physician Dr Akshai Mansingh at the moment and are watchfully being noticed by the medical staff.
Cottrell, Chase and Mayers, three were part of the T20I squad whereas Roston Chase was also chosen for the ODI series.
The CWI CEO has also said that it’s impossible to rule out the Covid risk from any cricketing tour even though the players are continuously be living inside the bio-secure bubbles. West Indies seems to have a heavy impact of this on their preparations for the tour but the rest of the squad looks in good confidence as they begin training ahead of the 1st T20I on Monday.
WI had our first training session of the tour last evening at the Karachi National Stadium 🏟
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 12, 2021
The limited-overs squad have already received a setback after regular Captain Kieron Pollard’s unavailability due to a hamstring injury which he took during ICC WORLD T20 in UAE in October-November.
The 3-match T20I series between Pakistan and West Indies will start from December 13 followed by a 3-match ODI series from December 18 with all six white-ball matches to be played in Karachi.