Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Friday (July 23) announced that the three-match One-Day International (ODI) Series between West Indies and Australia will restart on Saturday with the suspended second ODI taking place later today in Barbados and the final ODI on Monday (July 26).
The CWI took the decision after discussions with Cricket Australia (CA), the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA), and the Government of Barbados medical officials on Friday (July 23).
The second ODI was suspended on Thursday, July 22, due to a positive COVID-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies squad and will now continue on Saturday with Australia having won the toss and elected to bat first at Kensington Oval on Saturday.
The CWI has confirmed that all members of the West Indies and Australia teams and coaching staff, as well as match officials, event staff, and TV production crew were tested negative for COVID-19 after immediately undergoing the tests at the hotel following the positive case.
Ricky Skerritt, CWI President, said in a statement: “We are happy to be able to announce the restart of the CG Insurance ODI series at Kensington Oval tomorrow. We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again.”
He further mentioned, “Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams. I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados for working closely with CWI to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series.”
Skerritt concluded, “It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go-ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.”
(With ANI Inputs)