All set for Pak-West Indies 3rd T20 as WI cricketers cleared corona tests

Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Justin Greaves, two officials infected by coronavirus: Windies officials to meet PCB counterparts today

By: AFP      Published: 09:23 AM, 16 Dec, 2021
Pakistan cricket series
File photo of Shai Hope.

All West Indies cricketers, currently touring Pakistan, were cleared of coronavirus after fresh test were undertaken. However, still some players were reluctant to take part in today's third and final T20 International in Karachi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

As per final decision, today's match will played as per schedule at 6pm at Karachi International Cricket Stadium. 

Earlier, another five members of the West Indies cricket squad -- including three players -- have tested positive for Covid, officials said Thursday, leaving the rest of their Pakistan tour hanging in the balance.

Four members of the touring party tested positive on Saturday, bringing the total to nine since they arrived last week for a Twenty20 and limited-over series.

Cricket West Indies officials said they would meet with their Pakistan counterparts later Thursday "once all members of the touring party have been tested again" to determine whether they can continue.

Any cancellation would be a huge blow to Pakistan, which has seen tours by New Zealand and England called off in recent months on security grounds.

Pakistan won the first two Twenty20 matches against West Indies with dead rubber to be due to played later Thursday.

The three ODIs are scheduled for December 18, 20 and 22.

West Indies officials said the latest positive test results in the squad came from wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope, left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein, all-rounder Justin Greaves, assistant coach Roddy Estwick, and physician Akshai Mansingh.

Left-arm pace bowler Sheldon Cottrell and all-rounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, along with a team official.

West Indies tour of Pakistan

December 13: 1st T20I, Karachi – Pakistan won by 63 runs

December 14: 2nd T20I, Karachi – Pakistan won by 9 runs

December 16: 3rd T20I, Karachi

December 18: 1st ODI, Karachi

December 20: 2nd ODI, Karachi

December 22: 3rd ODI, Karachi

Reporter Mehmood Riaz and with inputs from AFP.

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