In a big development, five members of the West Indies cricket team have returned with positive Tests for COVID-19, which has put the WI tour of Pakistan in serious doubt. Earlier, three West Indies players had tested positive for Covid. To pile further misery on that, five more members have also tested positive and will undergo a period of self-isolation.
Cricket West Indies confirmed the development after the latest round of testing. Three players namely Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, Roddy Estwick, and team physician Akshai Mansingh have all been tested positive for the virus.
An official CWI release stated that all three affected players will miss the remaining games of the tour. CWI’s statement read:
“All three players will therefore miss the upcoming matches and all five individuals will remain isolated from the rest of the West Indies squad and are now under the care and supervision provided by the medical officials. They will remain in isolation for ten (10) days or until they return negative PCR test results.”
The statement further added that the fate of the series will be decided in a meeting between both the boards, which will take place on Thursday morning.
“With a total of six players now ruled out of the tour due to COVID-19 and a finger injury to Devon Thomas (sustained in the 1st T20I), CWI and PCB Officials will be meeting on Thursday morning, once all members of the touring party have been tested again, to determine whether the tour can continue.”
Pakistan currently leads the three-match T20 series by a 2-0 margin. The Men in Green registered a comprehensive victory by 63 runs, followed by a second consecutive win by 9 runs. The third game of the WI tour of Pakistan was supposed to be held today. The two teams are also scheduled to play three ODIs between 18th and 22nd December 2021.
WI tour of Pakistan Schedule
- December 13: 1st T20I, Karachi – Pakistan won by 63 runs
- December 14: 2nd T20I, Karachi – Pakistan won by 9 runs
- December 16: 3rd T20I, Karachi
- December 18: 1st ODI, Karachi
- December 20: 2nd ODI, Karachi
- December 22: 3rd ODI, Karachi