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No positive cases after retesting of cricketers and event staff


No positive cases after retesting of cricketers and event staff
Kensington Oval (Picture by Reco Moore)

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Efforts are ongoing among cricket, health, and government officials to play the remaining two One-day Internationals on the Australia Tour of the Caribbean in Barbados.

Local health officials revealed tests of more than 150 people – including players, team support staff, match officials, broadcast crew and hotel staff – have come back negative.

This followed the postponement of the second ODI between West Indies and Australia with a ball bowled shortly before the scheduled start of play on Thursday at Kensington Oval because “a non-playing member of the West Indies staff” returned a positive test.

NATIONSPORT understands that the individual has been transported to the Government isolation facility at Harrison Point in St Lucy for medical care – and negotiations have started to determine if the two matches will be played.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George confirmed that the test results are negative in a radio report on VOB 92.9 FM.

“All members of the team have been retested – that swabbing took place [Thursday] evening – and the results look good, but I am not going to make an official comment,” he said on the lunch time edition of The Latest News.

“But the results look very good and that will be officially communicated to both teams and then they will make their appropriate decisions.

“Contact tracing also involved those persons from the hotel and those persons have also been tested.”

The issue of playing both matches has been complicated because there are two Twenty20 International between West Indies and Pakistan scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Kensington Oval.

One of the scenarios includes ruling Thursday’s suspended match a no-result and playing only Saturday’s scheduled third ODI.