Tour in doubt as Hope, Hosein and Greaves among five more positive to Covid-19 in the West Indies camps


CWI and PCB meet to decide the fate of the trip, after all remaining members of the tournament party have been tested again

It is uncertain whether the Caribbean tour in Pakistan will continue, with five more members of the touring group testing positive for Covid-19. The five include players Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, and Justin Greaves, along with assistant coach Roddy Estwick and team doctor Dr. Akshai Mansingh.

The Cricket West Indies confirmed that all three players will be unavailable for the remaining scheduled matches – a T20I and three ODIs – and that all five members who tested positive will remain in isolation for 10 days. They are not allowed to join the main group until they return negative tests. Once all the remaining members of the West Indies tour company have been tested again, CWI and PCB officials will meet to decide if the tour can continue.

The West Indies now have only 13 players to choose from in their T20I and ODI teams now, with batting particularly hard hit. Only Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks and Darren Bravo remain available among specialists.

Cottrell, Chase and Mayers had returned positive results in the initial tests conducted after the team’s arrival in Karachi on 9 December. The trio missed both of the T20Is that have been played so far, with Pakistan taking a series-winning 2-0 lead after winning both. The third T20I is scheduled for Thursday, December 16th.

The West Indies were already without many of their senior players on the tour due to rest, injury or personal reasons, with none of Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis or Fabian Allen available.

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