3 West Indian cricketers in Pakistan hit by virus

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – Three West Indian cricketers have tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the series of limited overs in Pakistan starting next week.

The Cricket West Indies said on Saturday that left-arm fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and all-rounder Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers tested positive in Karachi and are self-isolating for 10 days.

All three were in the Twenty20 squad, while Chase was also selected for the three one-day internationals in Karachi following the three T20s.

A non-training member of the West Indies staff also tested positive. The CWI said all four members of the tournament were fully vaccinated and without major symptoms.

CWI CEO Johnny Grave said the rest of the group has constantly tested negative and the trip will continue.

“The risk of COVID-19 infection is impossible to completely eliminate from a cricket tour, despite the fact that many of our players have lived in biosafe bubbles almost continuously since before (Caribbean Premier League),” Grave said in a statement.

“This unusual loss of three players from our squad will seriously affect our team preparations, but the rest of the squad is in good spirits and will start training today ahead of our first match on Monday.”

The series of three T20s begins on Monday.

The limited squad already received a blow when solid captain Kieron Pollard was ruled out due to a hamstring injury he sustained last month during the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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