Due to an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus among the visiting group, the ODI series between Pakistan and the West Indies has been postponed. Following PCR tests done by the Pakistan Cricket Board, five more members of the touring party tested positive for the virus.
Covid Affecting Sports Again
Players Shai Hope, Justin Greaves, and Akeal Hosein, as well as assistant coach Roddy Estwick and team physician Dr Akshai Mansingh, tested positive. These new infections come after Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, and Sheldon Cottrell all tested positive immediately before the tour began.
All of them will be kept in isolation until they pass their covid tests.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have released a joint statement announcing the postponement of the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) scheduled.
PCB stated in the statement, “Rapid Antigen testing was performed on the remaining 15 West Indies players and six-player support people on Thursday morning as part of the PCB COVID-19 Protocols. The test results for all 21 members of the West Indies touring party were negative. As a result, the T20 International (T201) on Thursday went off without a hitch.”
“However, it has been agreed that the series, which is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022, taking into account both the teams’ welfare as well as restricted resources in the West Indies side for the ODIs,” it added.
Following the series’ postponement, those in the touring party who received negative results from Wednesday’s PCR and Rapid Antigen tests left Pakistan after Thursday’s final T2OI match, while those who tested positive will finish their isolation in Karachi before making travel arrangements.
Two Teams, Two Scenarios
In addition, the men in green enjoyed a fantastic T20 World Cup 2021 campaign. The Pakistani team put together a fantastic performance, going undefeated in Group B. Pakistan also defeated India and New Zealand.
However, the men in green went on to lose in the semi-finals to Australia. As a result, they were eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Even the West Indies had a poor performance in the T20 World Cup.
The West Indies, on the other hand, lost the trip to Sri Lanka. They went on to lose the test series by a score of 2-0. In their own backyard, Pakistan started with a 2-0 victory over Bangladesh.
In the just-finished T20 series, Pakistan, on the other hand, put on a fantastic performance against the West Indies. The men in green took a 3-0 lead. In the T20 series against the West Indies, Pakistani players were dominant in all three games.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, on the other hand, has stated that the recent postponement will have no impact on them. Furthermore, they believe that this will have no bearing on the next Australia-Pakistan trip.
“There should be no impact on Australia’s tour of Pakistan,” PCB remarked. Their security experts were here to see what was in place for the West Indies series, and I hope they left satisfied.”