Christchurch: The entire contingent in the West Indies, including skipper Kieron Pollard, who was in quarantine after arriving in New Zealand on Wednesday, has completed the third and final round of the COVID-19 test and will now go to Auckland to play the first T20I on Friday.
Most of the members of the West Indies squad had traveled from the United Arab Emirates after they were killed on Jan.. November had played in the Indian Premier League.
« All members of the isolated West Indian team tested negative for COVID-19 in their most recent tests at their managed isolation facility, » said a statement from Cricket West Indies (CWI).
« You will now be leaving the Christchurch facility and traveling to Auckland to continue preparations for the first T20 International on Friday. «
« This includes the captain of the white ball, Kieron Pollard, who will lead the team in the opening game against the Black Caps on Friday evening in Eden Park (2:00 p.m. Eastern Caribbean / 1:00 p.m. Jamaica). . «
The series begins with the opening of the T20I on Jan.. November in Auckland, followed by the second and third game on 29. and 30. November in Mount Maunganui.
West Indian players warm up ahead of the first T20I against New Zealand on Friday. Twitter / @windiescricket
This is followed by two test matches in Hamilton (3. -7. December) and Wellington (11. -15. December). .
« Test captain Jason Holder was also quarantined in Christchurch and will now travel to Queenstown to play in the four-day warm-up game against New Zealand A at the John Davies Oval, » said CWI.
Up to seven West Indian players, including T20I skipper Kieron Pollard, test captain Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas, took part in the lucrative IPL.
« The group of players and support staff came to New Zealand after participating in the Indian Premier League and were isolated for 14 days. They were able to exercise in small groups after their initial COVID-19 tests and had three tests while in isolation. «
The rest of the West Indies contingent was closed on Jan.. Arrived in New Zealand October and was in a 14-day quarantine. They were briefly deprived of their right to train in managed isolation after it was discovered that players were violating quarantine rules.
The squad then finished the third round of testing and played between the 20th. and 22. November in Queenstown the first warm-up against New Zealand A. .
Visitors will play another warm-up game against New Zealand A starting Thursday, and West Indian head coach Phil Simmons was hoping the team will produce another strong show.
« We have to see the same thing with the batsmen again. The great partnerships. The big scores. And maybe a few more players who score big and have time on the wicket. That’s the most important thing in this game, « said Simmons.
« The best that can happen is that we win the game so that we can go into the test suite with that kind of confidence. For me these are important things.
« Bowlers get stronger every time we go to a friendly, so I’m not too worried about the bowlers. «
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By Monday morning there were more than 17. 700 people over 11. 500 negative tests have been swabbed, the Xinhua News Agency reported
The PCB said both 38-year-old Malik and 28-year-old Amir have been left out as the selectors prefer the youth to them.
Santner and Mitchell are also members of the New Zealand squad, which will face the West Indies in three Twenty20 internationals starting Friday.
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