The last two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of Australia’s West Indies tour will be played on Saturday and Monday (West Indies time) after another round of Covid testing for members of the bubble revealed no new positive cases. Following a conversation with their colleagues at Cricket Australia, hosts Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the situation.
The series was in jeopardy after a member of support staff was believed to have returned a positive result on the most recent Covid test, prompting the teams to cancel the second ODI seconds after Australia won the toss. Following that, the players were requested to remain in isolation while another set of testing to check for viral transmission, if any, was ordered.
Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding the covid situation in the West Indies has placed Australia’s trip to Bangladesh into doubt. The most recent test results, as well as a delay in their departure to Bangladesh (they were supposed to leave Barbados on Wednesday), should keep the series continuing. The West Indies, on the other hand, have a shorter turnaround, with the first T20I against Pakistan set for Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after the ODI.
CWI president Ricky Skerrit, who has been in continuous contact, may also need to contact the Pakistan Cricket Board. “We’d like to thank our counterparts at CA for their assistance in this situation as we work to get the games back on track,” Skerrit added. “Special thanks to our CEO, Johnny Grave, Cricket Australia’s Chairman, Earl Eddings, and his CEO, Nick Hockley, as well as our respective medical and operations teams.
“It’s been a tough two days, and we’ve worked quickly and safely, adhering to all established medical standards, to ensure that all essential measures are in place so that we can continue play safely.