In a huge blow to Pakistan where International cricket has returned after a long time, five more players of the West Indies camp have reported positive. Akeal Hosein, Shai Hope, all-rounder Justin Greaves and other two other members of the squad have been tested positive. The cricket board of West Indies officially informed on their twitter handle about the covid news and the boards are to hold a meeting to continue the tour or not.
Earlier three players from the West Indies camp got Covid positive. They were Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, and Kyle Mayers. Pakistan has already clinched the T20 series with their 2 – 0 lead. The third T20 will be played on 16th December whereas the three ODIs are scheduled on 18th, 20th and 22nd of December.
Windies cricket released a statement that the infected players will now undergo isolation for mandatory 10 days after which they will be tested with the RT-PCR.
“All three players will therefore miss the upcoming matches and all five individuals will remain isolated from the rest of the West Indies squad,” the CWI statement read. “They will remain in isolation for 10 days or until they return negative PCR test results.”
The tour is much needed for Pakistan as they are struggling financially owing to the absence of matches against India and the neglect of other cricketing teams in touring Pakistan. Earlier, NewZealand canceled the tour of Pakistan just hours before the start of the first ODI in Rwalapindi. Then, England too pulled out of the tour due to security concerns. After the 2021 T20 world cup, the England officials traveled to Pakistan and assured PCB of playing two additional T20s at a later stage.