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Windies cricketers stripped of training privileges after some break quarantine orders in New Zealand

Gavin Riley

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Members of the touring West Indies team at a training session at the Lincoln University in New Zealand last Friday (November 6). Less than a week later, and almost through with their quarantine order, the team is no longer allowed to train after select players breached mandated protocols. (Photo: Twitter @WindiesCricket)

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has launched a probe into the senior men’s team after New Zealand authorities stripped its players of training privileges when they broke coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine protocols late Tuesday night (November 10).

The regional sporting body, in a statement on Wednesday, said it was “in full support” with the position of New Zealand’s health ministry.

According to CWI, some Windies players, being housed at an isolation facility in Christchurch, were seen on security cameras sharing food and fraternising outside of their social bubbles.

The team had been split into smaller groups on arrival and was just two days from completing the quarantine requirement.

While there was no evidence the players left the facility or had unauthorised visits, the entire team has lost its ability to train before the series of T20 matches.

“The New Zealand Ministry of Health has advised us 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,” the organisation explained.

“CWI is in full support of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s position. CWI has already begun an internal investigation into the reported incidents,” Cricket West Indies continued.

All members of the West Indies touring party returned two negative coronavirus tests before leaving for New Zealand, and have all returned two further negative tests since arriving.

Cricket West Indies further indicated that the team underwent its latest scheduled test today, and, if results are favourable, leave on Friday to travel to Queenstown ahead of two warm-up matches against New Zealand A.

A New Zealand Cricket (NZC) statement read: “Public health and safety has always been our primary focus in hosting overseas teams and this remains our [number one] priority. NZC will continue working with the West Indies team and management and relevant Government agencies to ensure there is no repeat of these violations.”

The West Indies will begin a three-match T20 international series against New Zealand on Friday, November 27 before a contesting a two-match Test series in December.


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