The WI vs AUS ODI series is all set to resume on July 25 after the suspension of the second ODI minutes before starting on July 23 due to a COVID-19 positive case. The second ODI was called off just a minute before a ball was bowled after a COVID-19 positive case reported in the West Indies contingent.
As per the reports, a non-playing member of the West Indies contingent had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday due to which Cricket West Indies put the teams, umpires, and TV crew in hotel isolation. Cricket West Indies said in a statement on Saturday that all the 152 members tested for CIVID-19 have returned with negative results.
“All members of the West Indies and Australia teams and coaching staff, as well as match officials, event staff, and TV production crew were tested back at the hotel with everyone being in room isolation since“, Cricket West Indies said in an Official Statement
After getting negative results, the CWI had discussions with the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), the Government of Barbados medical officials, and Cricket Australia (CA) and a decision of resuming the series from July 25th has been taken. Australia leads the three-match series 1-0.
CWI president Ricky Skerritt said on Saturday that, “We are happy to be able to announce the restart of the CG Insurance ODI series at Kensington Oval tomorrow. We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again. Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams. I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados in working closely with CWI to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series“.
“It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly,” added Skerritt.
The ODI series is a part of the International Cricket Council World Cup Super League. Both the teams are aiming to win the points to secure automatic qualification in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in India.