A non-member of the playing XI from the West Indies team tested positive for Covid-19 and it led to the second ODI against Australia getting postponed. Australia has already gone 1-0 up in the series already with a clinical win against the hosts in the first ODI and they would have been looking to seal the series with a win here.
The playing XI was announced for the second ODI too and the toss went underway, with Australia opting to bat before the announcement of the match getting suspended. It was the right thing to do anyway, as the safety of the players is a priority.
The Team Members and Match Officials To Remain In Isolation
The West Indies cricket board mentioned that the match has been postponed based on the Covid-19 protocols and stated that all the match officials and members of both teams including the support staff will have to be retested again. They also noted about any decision on the match is to be taken later based on the test results arriving and until that, they will remain in isolation in their hotels.
“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.
“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned,” They added.
Australia Scheduled To Travel To Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Cricket Board recently confirmed that Australia will be touring for a five-match T20 International series and hence, the men in yellow might not be able to play the rescheduled ODIs against West Indies as they are set to arrive in Dhaka on July 29.
They will have a big dilemma in hand, once the test results arrive and it will be a tough time from here on.