The right to coach the West Indies cricket team has been stripped away, while the players were found in managed isolation for violating rules around their 14-day quarantine.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said CCTV footage of the team’s Christchurch hotel showed players swinging in hallways and sharing food in violation of managed isolation rules. The ministry said that all the incidents took place within the hotel and there was no danger to the public.
The West Indies team, which has completed 12 out of their scheduled 14-day separation under COVID-19 regulations, will not be able to re-train until its full managed separation period is completed. The ministry said that the period of isolation can be extended if any further concerns arise.
West Indies cricket chief executive Johnny Grave told New Zealand media that it was “extremely disappointing that players who knew that the protocol had broken completely”.
“Here, due to the fact that the New Zealand government has done such a good job with COVID, the carrot players had to go through a normal tour,” he said. “I am disappointed that they let themselves and the team down and potentially put the tour at risk and the New Zealand public is at risk.”
Grave said an investigation has been launched and all players will be interviewed. Grave said he sympathized with the players, facing a difficult environment in quarantine. If the squadron “facilities” were violated, the squad was warned of serious damage.
“We certainly made it clear that if a player violated the quarantine facility … that would probably be taken out of our hands … resulting in a player being sent home immediately,” he said .
There is no suggestion that any players left the quarantine facility, only some may have socialized inside the facility which rules do not allow. The players were tested on Wednesday for the third time since their arrival in New Zealand. If the tests are negative, the team is set to leave the sidelines on Friday and travel to Queenstown for two warm-up matches against the New York A’s.
The West Indies team needed a government waiver to enter New Zealand for the upcoming series of three Twenty20 internationals, starting on 27 November, and two trials starting on 2 December. 3. New Zealand’s borders are generally open to return only to residents and citizens.
Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said, “With the other teams in the game in New Zealand, the West Indies cricket team has been given some leeway from the managed separation rules that apply to all.” “This included big bubbles and being able to train in preparation for their international games.
He said, ‘It is a privilege for me to come here but in return they have to stick to the rules. Keeping COVID-19 out of our communities and keeping our employees safe depends on it. He did not do so despite agreeing to follow the exemption criteria. “
New Zealand Cricket said it supported the work of the ministry. A spokesman said, “NZ Cricket will continue to work with the West Indies team and management and related government agencies to ensure that there is no duplication of these violations.”
The West Indies players had to remain isolated in their own rooms for three days upon reaching New Zealand and had no contact with anyone. For the next four days, players and staff were divided into groups of no more than 15 to access training facilities and gyms and socialize. For the second week, the touring party was divided into a bubble of 20, with no interaction with other groups allowed.
Cricket West Indies said in a statement, “We are told that the inquiry involved some players compromising the integrity of the bubble by mixing between two different West Indies bubbles in the incidents, which divided the touring party Was. ” . “There is no suggestion that any member of the tour team left the facility, or that any unauthorized person accessed it.”
The West Indies squad is the first to undergo two international tours during the COVID-19 epidemic. He was involved in the first tour following a global game lockdown after quarantining in Britain ahead of a series against England played in the so-called bio-safe bubble in June and July.
Most of the players returned to the Caribbean for the domestic Twenty20 league before the national team went on a tour of New Zealand.
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