After missing the flight from Jamaica to Barbados, Fabian Allen West Indies all-rounder has been ruled out of the approaching Caribbean Premier League (CPL) edition.
Allen, who was to play for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in CPL 2020 in last month’s draft, was left to reach Barbados on an internal flight on August 3 before boarding the charter to Trinidad. However, he was late to the airport and hence missed his flight.
“Unfortunately, there was some confusion with his understanding of the flight details and he missed the flight. We explored all possibilities, but due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Trinidad, the charter flight on Monday was the only way he could enter the country,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Allen’s agent as saying.
The CPL is thoroughly equipped to become the first major cricket league to begin amid the coronavirus pandemic from August 18 while the final of the tournament will be played on September 10.
The whole tournament will feature 33 games played in Trinidad and Tobago across two stadiums and behind closed doors. The first match will see last year’s runners-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors, taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders on August 18.
All the foreign partakers will be tested for Covid-19 before leaving and then upon arrival followed by two more tests which will be done after a period of 7 and 14 days.
The tournament will take place in a bio-secure environment with a series of severe rules in place to shield those involved in the tournament and the extensive population from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.