Cricket West Indies Greenlights Resumption of Australia
After another round of Covid tests for the members of the bubble turned up no new positive case, the remaining two ODIs of Australia’s tour to the West Indies will be played (West Indies time). Following a meeting with their counterparts at Cricket Australia, hosts Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the situation.
Forced to Abandoned the 2nd ODI
The series’ fate hung in the balance after a member of support staff was believed to have returned a positive result on the most recent Covid test, prompting the teams to abandon the second ODI only moments after Australia won the toss. The players were then requested to remain in isolation while more tests were done to see if the illness had spread. According to CWI, all of the other 152 persons who were tested returned negative results.
The Situation in The West Indies
Meanwhile, the unpredictability of the situation in the West Indies has placed Australia’s trip to Bangladesh into doubt. The new test results, as well as a delay in their departure from Barbados to Bangladesh (they were supposed to leave on Wednesday), could keep the series going.
“We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their cooperation in this matter as we look to get the games going again,” Skerrit said. “Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams.
“It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.”