Chase, Mayers and Cottrell out of Pakistan Tour due to COVID-19
Karachi – Barbadian duo of Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers were among four members of the West Indies squad that have been ruled out of the Tour of Pakistan after testing positive for COVID-19, Cricket West Indies (CWI) officials said on Saturday.
Chase, Mayers, left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, and an unidentified, non-coaching member of the team’s support staff, returned the positive tests after the team arrived in the country on Thursday.
They will isolate for 10 days, a CWI news release stated, adding that “all four were fully vaccinated and did not show major symptoms”.
CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said the Tour will proceed as scheduled.
The Windies will play three Twenty20 Internationals this coming Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and three One-day Internationals on December 18, 20, and 22, .
“Our arrival testing protocols in Pakistan have confirmed four COVID-19 positives,” Grave said.
“These were confirmed while the players and staff were still in room isolation, so despite this significant setback to our preparation plans, we are confident that the Tour can continue as everyone else returned negative PCRs prior to their arrival into Pakistan and two negative PCRs since they have been in Karachi.”
Training for the squad at the National Stadium in the city was cancelled on Friday because of the positive cases, but it went ahead on Saturday once the full contingent was tested.