Carlos Brathwaite is unlikely to play in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 for the Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday after he was forced into isolation. Brathwaite has to undergo the mandatory period of isolation after a positive Covid-19 case was reported on his flight from the UK to St Kitts and Nevis.
“My tests have been negative as far as I know,” Brathwaite said. “We’ve been asked to be in quarantine. I still don’t know the full extent of it. I’ve just been told I need to continue to quarantine as opposed to being allowed to walk around the hotel as was initially allowed. So I’m just as much in the dark as you are, unfortunately.”
After completing his ‘The Hundred’ campaign, Brathwaite, who was recently resigned by BBL club Sydney Sixers, was travelling to Basseterre ahead of the CPL 2021, which is all set to kick start on August 26.
Confined in his hotel room, Brathwaite informed that he was not sure whether he would be available for the Tallawahs’ opening game against Saint Lucia Kings on Friday.
“Not sure,” the all-rounder said. “I haven’t actually received anything official yet to know when day one is and how many days of quarantine, etc. So yeah, I’m just skipping in my room and doing sit-ups and hoping to be at least physically ready to go if I can.”
The Tallawahs retained Brathwaite along with his compatriot Andre Russell for this season. The franchise had lost its chance of making it to the final last season after being crushed by the season champions Trinbago Knight Riders in the semi-finals.
“The tournament is going to be interesting,” said Brathwaite, who believes the team is ready to five a tough fightback this time around. “I don’t think it will be an undefeated run to the finals as Trinidad had last year. I think it will be a little closer. I think all the teams are more evenly matched.”
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