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16 Aug 2020 | 03:36 PM staff
Trinidad and Tobago government puts ban on contact sports, CPL will begin on time
The country's Prime Minister confirmed that the decision will not affect the Caribbean Premier League

Caribbean Premier League’s venue, Trinidad and Tobago has seen a surge in the number of COVID 19 cases that forced their Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to impose Covid-19 restrictions on contact sports on Saturday.

There are also talks that none of the team owners will be able to attend any match as the country’s borders are still sealed. The tournament will commence on Tuesday in Trinidad.

However, Keith, who had announced that Trinidad and Tobago had reached community spread and it was time to take action, said on Sunday that CPL will go ahead with some restrictions according to trinidadexpress news website. 

“They (CPL) are operating in an isolated bubble, so they are very well secured away from the population and that will continue even more rigorously,” PM Rowley was quoted as saying by trinidadexpress. 

He added, “That arrangement is not interacting with the population...Players are among themselves, tested, not interacting with the national population, going to the ground, playing, broadcasting, that will continue.”

A few days ago, CPL’s Tournament Operations Director Michael Hall already had made it clear that no one can leave the bubble without permission.

He said, “Depending on those circumstances, the departure may have to end up being a permanent one. If somebody does leave the bio-secure environment without permission, then they will be confined to their room for seven days of total isolation and be subject to returning two negative tests before they would be allowed to re-enter.”

Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder also shared his experience on Sunday saying that the bio-secure bubble for the CPL is completely different than what the West Indies experienced in England.

 “In England we were a lot less restrictive. It was a lot more often in terms of preparation...Here now it is a lot more restrictive, we haven’t been able to practice. We haven’t been able to move around the hotel, at least for the first seven days but it’s been totally different,” Holder was quoted as saying by the said website.

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