Bridgetown, July 24: Following meetings between Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Australia (CA) on Saturday (July 24), the CWI has announced that the One-Day International series will resume on Saturday and conclude on Monday (July 26).
The second ODI was suspended on Thursday (July 22) and will now continue on Saturday (July 24), with Australia having won the toss and elected to bat at Kensington Oval.
Ricky Skerritt, CWI President confirmed: "We are happy to be able to announce the restart of the CG Insurance ODI series at Kensington Oval. We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again. Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams.
"I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados for working closely with CWI to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series. It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go-ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly," Skerritt said in a media release.
The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was suspended after the toss, due to a positive COVID-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies squad and discussions between local health officials and the CWI and CA Medical Teams before the start of play.
All members of the West Indies and Australia teams and coaching staff, as well as match officials, event staff and TV production crew were immediately tested for COVID-19 back at the hotel with everyone isolated in their rooms until all 152 persons returned negative results.
Following this series, West Indies are scheduled to face Pakistan in five (5) T20 Internationals and two (2) Test Matches.
CWI will meet with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the coming days to discuss any necessary changes to the match schedule.