The three-match ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies which was listed to start on Saturday, 18 December, has been hold up to June 2022 following a number of positive Covid-19 cases in the callers’ camp.
The official statement read:
“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 have 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, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022.”
A number of players, including Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons decided out of the stint for particular reasons, while former commander Jason Holder is being rested too. Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, and captain Kieron Pollard were out due to injuries, but all of them should be anticipated to return for the series.
All the WI players who returned negative Covid tests will depart late on Thursday following the completion of the third T20I.
The players who tested positive, meanwhile, will complete their insulation period on Karachi before making the trip home in time to celebrate Christmas with their families, handed they test negative for the contagion.
The statement added that all of Pakistan’s players tested negative and will also be leaving the Managed Event Environment after the third T20I.
This was the first time since 2018 that West Indies visited Pakistan, and a number of safety measures were accepted to insure the callers don’t face any pitfalls. The series was listed three months after New Zealand cancelled their stint to Pakistan-their first in 18 times, due to security enterprises. The decision made by the Kiwis was followed by England, who decided to cancel visits by their men’s and women’s brigades listed for October.