CWI launched investigation into reported Windies players’ breach of NZ COVID-19 protocols

by: - November 11, 2020
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Cricket West Indies (CWI) has launched an internal investigation into the reported incidents of some members of the Windies touring party for breaching strict COVID-19 protocols within the team’s Managed Isolation Facility in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Following the breach of the strict COVID-19 protocols, the New Zealand Ministry of Health has advised CWI that all members of the West Indies touring party will now be unable to train for the remainder of the quarantine period and will have to complete their quarantine within the Managed Isolation Facility only.

CWI said it is in full support of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s position.

“From the information we have received so far, we have been told that the incidents in question included some players compromising the bubble integrity by mixing between two separate West Indies bubbles into which the touring party had been split, by sharing food and socializing in hallways,” CWI stated.

“There is no evidence, or suggestion, that any members of the touring party left the facility, or that any unauthorized persons accessed it.”

Ahead of the tour to New Zealand, the West Indies touring party all returned two negative COVID-19 tests before leaving the Caribbean, and underwent two further tests since they have been in New Zealand. All results were negative.

The players underwent their final scheduled tests this morning and, results permitting, are scheduled to leave the Managed Isolation Facility on Friday to travel to Queenstown ahead of two warm-up matches against New Zealand “A”.

Upon arrival in New Zealand, the West Indies Touring Party were required to remain within the bio-secure quarantine facility run and managed by the New Zealand Government, for fourteen (14) days.

The New Zealand Government had granted the West Indies an exemption from the requirements of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine Order, to facilitate team training in managed groups at the NZC High-Performance Centre at Lincoln University, Christchurch during the period of quarantine.