A 162-member squad of players, support staff, match officials and administrators traveling to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have been found to be negative in the Kovid-19 Test. Three players and a coach have not been able to travel under strict protocols to protect CPL. The tournament will begin on August 18 and 33 matches will be played at two venues in Trinidad. In the first match, last year’s runners-up Guyana will face the Amazon Warriors against Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR). The final will be played on 10 September.
This is the first time that Indian cricketers will take part in CPL. Mumbai-based 48-year-old leg-spinner Praveen Tambe will play for TKR, who recently retired from all formats of domestic cricket. Every person was tested 72 hours in advance so that all the traveling players, support staff remain virus free. One Jamaican player was found to be Kovid-19 positive and was training with two others, so all three were asked to withdraw. A coach settled in Australia, who was also found positive so that he too could not travel.
These 162 people will be kept in isolation for 14 days in the official hotel, where they will be examined regularly. According to CPL, ‘if a member is found to be infected with the virus, they will be removed from the hotel and kept in isolation as per the current protocol in Trinidad & Tobago, but all the members who have reached Trinidad & Tobago so far are free from Kovid-19. Huh.’