West Indies banned from training after breaking quarantine rules in New Zealand
The ongoing coronavirus crisis hasn’t come to a standstill across the world. Although the number of cases are increasing at one end, there were recoveries from the other end. It is good to see people recovering the virus infection. Meanwhile, due to this coronavirus, strict guidelines are being followed in the game of cricket.
The senior officials and the boards of respective countries are dealing this matter way too seriously because no player should contract the virus at this time as it would make things complicated. In fact, all the matches are being played in the biosecure environment. The just-concluded Indian Premier League happened inside a bio-secure bubble at the United Arab Emirates.
West Indies banned from training after breaking quarantine rules
Every cricket match is being conducted under the protocols framed by the International Cricket Council. The senior authorities have been strict with the cricketers if there is any violation of the rules. Meanwhile, the West Indies cricket team have been banned from training because they breached the quarantine rules upon arrival in New Zealand.
West Indies and New Zealand are expected to lock horns with each other for a T20I series starting on November 27. After the shortest version, red-ball cricket would follow up in New Zealand. West Indies already arrived in New Zealand and they breached the quarantine protocols.
According to reports of authorities, they are banned from training in New Zealand after they were caught breaking the quarantine code of conduct. It has been learnt that a security footage from the hotel of Christchurch exposed players mingling and sharing food with each other.
The Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield added that the team was given relaxation from 14-day quarantine rules and regulations. “It is a privilege to come here, but in return, they have to stick to the rules. Keeping COVID-19 out of our communities and keeping our staff safe depends on it. They didn’t do that, despite agreeing to abide by the parameters of the exemption,” Dr. Bloomfield said as quoted by The Telegraph.
Meanwhile, the West Indies squad is now under isolation period of 12 days. After the intial phase, all the players should be tested again for COVID-19. If there are any issues related to the players’ health, then the quarantine period can be stretched.