Pakistan vs West Indies ODIs postponed to June 2022



Several gamers within the visiting squad testing constructive for Covid-19 forces the event

The three-match ODI collection between Pakistan and West Indies due to start on Saturday has been postponed to June 2022 within the wake of a Covid-19 outbreak among the many visiting squad.
West Indies have been hit by the virus on the very first day they arrived in Karachi with three gamers and a assist workers member testing constructive. While the tour was in a position to survive that, the emergence of 5 extra Covid circumstances from checks carried out on Wednesday – the day earlier than the third and ultimate T20I – took the state of affairs out of everybody’s arms.

With Devon Thomas sidelined with a finger damage as nicely, West Indies solely had 14 gamers to select from and although that proved sufficient to full the T20I leg of the tour, each boards agreed that persevering with with such a depleted squad wouldn’t be proper, particularly given the ODIs that have been to observe have been additionally a part of the Super League which determines a group’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 launch mentioned. “All 21 members of the West Indies touring party returned negative test result. As such, Thursday’s T20 International (T20I) proceeded as planned.

“However, considering each the groups’ welfare in addition to restricted sources within the West Indies facet for the ODIs, it has been agreed that the collection, which types a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket Word Cup Super League, will probably 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.”

The 15 West Indies gamers and 6 assist workers who have been cleared of the virus will go away for dwelling after tonight’s match. The others – Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, assistant coach Roddy Estwick, group doctor Dr Akshai Mansingh and another non-coaching member – will keep again in Karachi. According to the bio-security protocols for this tour, anybody who checks constructive for Covid-19 may have to endure isolation for a interval of 10 days and can solely be launched from it after two detrimental checks.

It is unclear how any of the West Indies gamers contracted Covid-19. The 21-member squad arrived in Karachi in industrial flights from a number of places by way of Dubai. They have been positioned in quarantine for 2 days earlier than they got here collectively as a bunch to practice for and play the primary two T20Is.

Pakistan’s gamers, all of whom examined detrimental on Wednesday, can even be leaving the bio-bubble after tonight’s third T20I.

This is the second ODI collection to be disrupted on Pakistan soil in 2021. New Zealand have been supposed to play three matches in Rawalpindi in October however minutes earlier than the primary one was to start, they called it off citing security concerns. Pakistan’s subsequent 50-over task is towards Australia in March 2022.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent

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