Pakistan-West Indies ODI collection postpone until June 2022 after COVID-19 setback

Jason Holder (R) of the West Indies congratulate Shareen Afridi (L) of Pakistan for winning the 2nd T20I match between the West Indies and Pakistan at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana, on July 31, 2021. — Photo by Randy Brooks/AFP
Jason Holder (R) of the West Indies congratulate Shareen Afridi (L) of Pakistan for successful the 2nd T20I match between the West Indies and Pakistan at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana, on July 31, 2021. — Photo by Randy Brooks/AFP

The ODI collection between Pakistan and West Indies, which types a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket Word Cup Super League, has been pushed forward to June 2022, a joint assertion by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) mentioned on Thursday.

The assertion was issued after 5 extra optimistic circumstances have been reported within the West Indies camp following Wednesday’s PCR testing, elevating the overall variety of optimistic circumstances to 9 since their arrival in Karachi on December 9.

“On Thursday morning and as part of the PCB COVID-19 protocols, Rapid Antigen tests were conducted on the remaining 15 West Indies players and six player support personnel. All 21 members of the West Indies touring party returned negative test results. As such, Thursday’s T20 International (T20I) proceeded as planned.

“However, taking into consideration both the teams’ welfare as well as limited resources in the West Indies side for the ODIs, it has been agreed that the series […] will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022,” read the statement.

The statement said that this will provide the Windies “an equal opportunity to field their best available players for the World Cup qualification matches”.

“The West Indies team members, who returned negative results following Wednesday’s PCR and today’s Rapid Antigen tests, will depart from Pakistan after tonight’s match,” the statement said.

Those who have tested positive will complete their isolation in Karachi before their travel arrangements are finalised to allow them to rejoin their families in time for Christmas celebrations.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan team members, all of whom have returned PCR negative  after Wednesday’s tests, will also be leaving the Managed Event Environment after tonight’s third T20I, the statement added.

“The CWI would like to thank the PCB for its excellent series arrangements and appreciates its support in rescheduling the ODI series in June 2022,” it concluded by saying.

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