The West Indies tour of Pakistan was dealt with a massive blow when Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, and Kyle Mayers tested positive for COVID-19. However, both boards decided to go ahead with the series. But the situation is getting from bad to worse and dark clouds are looming over the fate of the series. In the latest developments, five more members of the West Indies contingent, including players, Shai Hope, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, bowling coach Roddy Estwick and physician Akshai Mansingh, have tested positive for the virus. All five members will stay in isolation till they return negative RT PCR reports. The players also won't take any further part in the series.
“A further five members of the West Indies touring party have tested positive for COVID-19,” tweeted the official handle of West Indies cricket.
"All three players will therefore miss the upcoming matches and all five individuals will remain isolated from the rest of the West Indies squad .." it added.
"They will remain in isolation for 10 days or until they return negative PCR test results."
Pakistan are leading the three-match T20I series 2-0, with the final set to be played today, December 16 in Karachi. The series will be followed by a three-match ODI series. West Indies were already without their gun players and these COVID-19 reporting have made them even more depleted.
Meanwhile, the development is a massive setback to PCB as well, who are trying to bring international cricket back to Pakistan. Their failure to provide a safe environment to the players is a big setback ahead of important series against England and Australia.