Australia’s second one-day international against the West Indies is suspended just after the toss following reports a staff member tested positive for Covid
- Australia’s second ODI against the West Indies in the Caribbean has been halted
- One of the host’s backroom staff allegedly tested positive for Covid-19
- All personnel inside the cricket bubble will be placed in isolation for safety
Australia’s second one-day international against the West Indies in the Caribbean has been postponed in bizarre circumstances before a ball could be bowled after one of the host’s backroom staff tested positive for Covid-19.
The teams had been named, the captains had tossed up and Australia were ready to bat at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday when a halt was dramatically called to proceedings.
Amid the unexpected delay, the International Cricket Council then announced in a statement on Twitter the match had been halted.
Australian players were seen leaving Kensington Oval after the suspension
‘The 2nd ODI between West Indies and Australia has been suspended with immediate effect due to a positive Covid-19 case,’ the governing body declared.
‘All personnel inside the bubble will be placed into isolation.’
The West Indies confirmed that the positive test had been given by ‘a non-playing member’ on their staff, and explained that the result was not known when the preliminary formalities were happening.
‘The established Covid-19 protocols stipulate that all members of both teams and match officials will return immediately to the team hotel and will be re-tested later today,’ said a statement from Cricket West Indies.
‘The 2nd ODI between West Indies and Australia has been suspended with immediate effect due to a positive Covid-19 case,’ the governing body declared
‘They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR test results are returned.
‘A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once all the test results are confirmed.’
Australia had won the opening game of the three-match series on Tuesday.