- The Pakistan-Antilles ODI series postponed to early June.
- The series was postponed after the COVID-19 epidemic in the Windies camp.
- A PCB official said players may have caught the virus during transport.
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director of operations Salman Naseer on Thursday stressed that there was no rupture of the biosecurity bubble after the COVID-19 outbreak in the West Indies camp resulted in the postponement of the ODI series.
The PCB said the decision to postpone the ODI series – slated for December 18-22 – was made based on the well-being of the players and the fact that the touring team found themselves with very limited options. after six of the players tested positive for COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
“There is no rupture of the biosafety bubble,” he said, speaking with reporters in Karachi, where the whole tour was to be organized.
The third and final game of the T20I series was in play after Windies players tested positive for COVID-19, but later resumed as the new round of testing came back negative.
âWe can’t say for sure where the players caught the virus, but it appears they caught it somewhere during the trip, possibly while in transit through Dubai,â he said.
More caution for PSL
Naseer said the protocols in place for the series are of international standard and have been approved by medical teams on both sides. The CEO said that recent experience has made PCB very cautious for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL).
âThere will be players from different countries, from different flights. We will therefore have to be extra careful, âhe said.
âWe are looking to book the whole hotel during PSL and disconnect the staff and everyone in the hotel from outside,â he added.
The CEO said the West Indies also agreed to play additional T20Is with Pakistan in addition to the rescheduled ODIs in June. The T20Is will be played at a later date.
âThe last week has been difficult for all of us, and especially the last 24 hours have been extremely difficult. We have remained in constant contact with the CWI after receiving reports of other COVID tests in the West Indies camp, âhe said.
âIt was nearly impossible for the West Indies to field 11 players in the ODI after six of their players tested positive for COVID and one player was sent off due to injury. This is why we have agreed to reschedule the ODIs for June 2022, âsaid Naseer.
He added that West Indian cricketers were also concerned that any further positive cases could dent their Christmas plans at home.
The PCB CEO said the third T20I in Karachi was played after consulting with medical teams, as they felt that players were less likely to catch the virus in an open area.