COVID hits West Indies team; Chase, Cottrell, Mayers out of Pakistan tour

After testing positive for COVID-19 upon their arrival in Karachi on December 9, left-arm bowler Sheldon Cotrell, as well as all-rounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers, have been thrown out of the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan. A non-coaching member of the touring team management also tested positive, according to a statement from Cricket West Indies.

All four positive people, who have been completely vaccinated and are asymptomatic, will now undertake a 10-day period of self-isolation before being tested again. “Four  COVID-19 positives have been confirmed by our arrival testing processes in Pakistan. “While the players and staff were still in seclusion, these were confirmed. Despite this substantial setback to our preparatory plans, we are sure that the tour will go on as planned, as everyone else has returned negative PCRs prior to arriving in Pakistan and two negative PCRs after arriving in Karachi “CWI’s CEO, Johnny Grave, stated.

“Despite the fact that several of our players have been living in bio-secure bubbles nearly continuously since before the CPL, the possibility of COVID-19 infection cannot be entirely eliminated during a cricket trip.” Our team’s preparations will be hampered by the odd loss of three players, but the remainder of the squad is in excellent spirits.” Dr Akshai Mansingh, the team physician, is currently caring for and supervising all four people. On Monday, the three-match T20I series between West Indies and Pakistan begins at the National Stadium.