Five more members from the West Indies side tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday (December 15), putting their ongoing tour of Pakistan in jeopardy.
Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, assistant coach Roddy Estwick and team physician Akshai Mansingh returned positive results in the latest round of testing carried out by the Pakistan Cricket Board after the second T20I in Karachi.
“All three players will therefore miss the upcoming matches and all five individuals will remain isolated from the rest of the West Indies squad and are now under the care and supervision provided by the medical officials. They will remain in isolation for ten (10) days or until they return negative PCR test results,” said Cricket West Indies.
“With a total of six players now ruled out of the tour due to COVID-19 and a finger injury to Devon Thomas (sustained in the 1st T20I), CWI and PCB Officials will be meeting on Thursday morning, once all members of the touring party have been tested again, to determine whether the tour can continue.”
Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers too had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently undergoing self-isolation.
Pakistan have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series, with the third and final T20I scheduled on Thursday. The two teams are then scheduled to be involved in a three-match ODI series, starting on Saturday.