The Cricket West Indies (CWI) will decide on Friday whether and when the second ODI against Australia will be played again after being suspended on Thursday minutes before the first ball was supposed to be bowled due to a non-playing West Indies member testing positive for COVID-19 in Barbados.
The news that a host member would return a positive test came after the toss was made – the coin fell in favor of the visitors who preferred to bat first and Riley Meredith handed over his debut petition – and the match was soon suspended.
Then both groups, match officials and broadcasters were placed in isolation in the hotel. They have so far all been together in a bio-safe bubble.
Now the second and third ODI, scheduled for Saturday, are in doubt. CWI is expected to make announcements on Friday.
“This decision was taken after the throw at Kensington Oval once the (positive COVID-19 test) result was known and confirmed by Health Ministry (Barbados) officials,” said Cricket West chief executive Johnny Grave. Indians, said.
“Everyone will be tested again later today. Meanwhile, everyone in their rooms will remain in isolation until the results of the PCR test are confirmed.
“We will make a further decision on when the match can be played again later once all the test results are hopefully back tomorrow (Friday) morning,” he added.
The small island of Barbados has reported 50 new cases of the virus in the past three days, with 173 people currently in isolation. There have been 4,319 cases since the onset of the pandemic and the total death toll stands at 48.
It also added uncertainty about the upcoming tour in Australia Bangladesh which was confirmed Thursday. They will arrive in Dhaka on July 29 to play five T20Is against Bangladesh, from August 3 to 9. They will be subject to a quarantine period of three days in Dhaka; but if one of their conditional members now also performs a positive test, the quarantine period may be amended.
The West Indies will host Pakistan in a five-match T20I series on July 27, followed on July 27, followed by two Tests.