PAK vs WI 2021: Three match ODI series postponed to June 2022


PAK vs WI 2021: Three match ODI series postponed to June 2022

The three-match ODI series between Pakistan & West Indies has been postponed to June 2022 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 among the West Indies contingent. Three players & one support staff member of the West Indies squad were tested positive for COVID-19 initially on the very first day of their arrival in Karachi. To add to the concern, five more members of the West Indies contingent tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, just a day before the third and final T20I.

With Devon Thomas of the West Indies squad being ruled out of the tour due to a finger injury, only 14 players of the West Indies squad are available for selection for the T20I series.  Looking at the current situation both the boards agreed that continuing with such a depleted squad will not be ideal as the ODI series are a part of the Superleague series which determines a team’s progress into the 2023 World Cup.

“On Thursday morning and as part of the PCB Covid-19 Protocols, Rapid Antigen tests were conducted on the remaining 15 West Indies players and six-player support personnel,” a joint PCB-CWI release said.

“All 21 members of the West Indies touring party returned negative test results. As such, Thursday’s T20 International (T20I) proceeded as planned.

“However, taking into consideration both the teams’ welfare as well as limited resources in the West Indies side for the ODIs, it has been agreed that the series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022.

“This will provide the West Indies with an equal opportunity to field their best available players for the World Cup qualification matches”, added CWI in its release.

Meanwhile remaining 15 west indies players & six support staff who were tested negative for COVID-19 will leave for West Indies after tonight’s T20I clash. Other players & members who have tested positive for COVID-19 such as Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, assistant coach Roddy Estwick, team physician Dr. Akshai Mansingh and one more non-coaching member will be allowed to go back home after completing ten days of isolation & returning with two negative COVID-19 tests.

According to the bio-security protocols for this tour, anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will have to undergo isolation for a period of 10 days and will only be released from it after two negative tests. On the other hand, all the players of Pakistan who have tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday will also be leaving the bio-bubble after tonight’s third T20I.

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