The second ODI of the West Indies vs Australia ODI series has been suspended after a member of the West Indies squad staff tested positive for COVID-19 in Barbados.
The game was all set to start at the Kensington Oval with Australia winning the toss and choosing to bat first. However, it had to be stopped minutes before the start of the innings after the news came. Cricket West Indies issued an official statement to confirm the development.
“The second CG Insurance ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies staff. This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.
The two teams, who had made it into the dressing room after the toss was conducted, were then directly sent back to their hotels where they are staying in a bio-secure bubble along with the staff members.
All the involved members were directed to undergo isolation immediately after the news broke. They will undergo another round of tests later today.
The news comes as a blow for the sides as it has put the entire remaining series under doubt. The teams were to square off in the third ODI on Saturday, but it remains to be seen how they will go on with the plans. Australia is due to travel to Bangladesh for a five-match T20I series next week.
“The established COVID-19 protocols stipulate that all members of both teams and match officials will return immediately to the team hotel and will be re-tested later today. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once all the test results are confirmed.”
Australia currently leads the series by 1-0 after winning the first ODI by an impressive 133 runs.
West Indies vs Australia Squads
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (vc for ODIs), Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade (vc for T20Is), Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Nathan Ellils, Tanveer Sangha.
West Indies ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope (vc), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Phillip, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd