West Indies-Australia ODI Series set to resume after suspension

Following the postponement of the second match minutes before the start on July 23 due to a Covid-19 case, the One-Day International series between the West Indies and Australia will resume on July 25 (IST) after discovery of no new COVID-19 infections in the most recent round of testing.

On Friday, a non-playing member of the West Indies squad tested positive for Covid-19, prompting Cricket West Indies (CWI) to isolate the teams, umpires, and television crew at a hotel.

A day after the second ODI was postponed, all 152 people engaged in the West Indies-Australia cricket series tested negative for the coronavirus.

Australia has a 1-0 advantage in the three-match series. “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 cooperation in this matter as we look to get the games going again,” Ricky Skerritt, the CWI president said.

The ODI series is part of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Super League, in which both countries are vying for points to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup in India in 2023.

Following the series, Australia will travel to Bangladesh for a five-match Twenty20 International series. Meanwhile, the West Indies will play Pakistan in a T20I and Test series. The T20I series is set to begin in Barbados on Tuesday. Because the Australia ODI series has been prolonged to Monday, CWI will meet with the Pakistan Cricket Board to explore possible changes to the series against Pakistan.