Final T20 back on after latest COVID-19 tests return negative

Final T20 back on after latest COVID-19 tests return negative


West Indies players depart for the National Stadium from their hotel, in Karachi, December 16, 2021. — PCB
West Indies gamers depart for the National Stadium from their resort, in Karachi, December 16, 2021. — PCB

KARACHI: The remaining T20 between Pakistan and West Indies, after an preliminary setback as a result of Windies’ gamers testing COVID-19 optimistic, was back on observe on Thursday after the latest spherical of testing noticed outcomes come back negative.

In addition, the PCB permitted the TV manufacturing staff and the broadcasters staff to go to the stadium and each native and overseas broadcasters have reached the venue.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the groups have left for the stadium.

Reporting from on the bottom, Geo News correspondent Atiq ur Rehman mentioned that sirens had begun to sound exterior the National Stadium and roads will thus be closed off. “The teams will then arrive within 10 minutes,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, safety personnel, floor workers and commentators additionally reached the stadium.

The final T20 match between the 2 sides was scheduled to be performed at this time on the National Stadium Karachi however every part was put on maintain after 5 extra members of the West Indian squad examined optimistic for COVID-19 together with three gamers.

The way forward for the three-match ODI sequence nonetheless hangs within the steadiness and a remaining choice on this regard will probably be taken after a gathering between the officers of the PCB and Cricket West Indies (CWI).

“Three players: wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope, left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, allrounder Justin Greaves; along with Assistant Coach Roddy Estwick, and Team Physician Dr Akshai Mansingh returned positive results in the latest round of testing carried out by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” a CWI assertion had earlier mentioned.

It had added that each one three gamers will due to this fact miss the upcoming matches and all 5 people will stay remoted from the remainder of the West Indies squad and below the care and supervision of medical officers. 

They have been to stay in isolation for 10 days or till they check negative for coronavirus. 

With a complete of six gamers initially dominated out of the tour attributable to COVID-19 and a finger damage to Devon Thomas (sustained within the 1st T20I), CWI and PCB officers convened a gathering after retesting of all of the staff members of the touring celebration  to find out whether or not the tour can proceed or not. 

14 gamers out there for choice

According to sources, the West Indian gamers weren’t contaminated with the Omicron variant and so they might need contracted the virus throughout the 36-hour lengthy flight to Pakistan.

Currently, 14 gamers of the touring celebration can be found for choice however the sequence could also be known as off in case extra members are examined optimistic.

Tour schedule

December 13: 1st T20I, Karachi – Pakistan received by 63 runs

December 14: 2nd T20I, Karachi – Pakistan received by 9 runs

December 16: third T20I, Karachi

December 18: 1st ODI, Karachi

December 20: 2nd ODI, Karachi

December 22: third ODI, Karachi

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