Walsh Jr ruled out of ODI series, after positive Covid-19 test in Dhaka

The West Indies touring squad to Bangladesh was dealt another blow today as leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr was ruled out for the upcoming three match ODI series, after testing positive for Covid-19.

Walsh, an Antiguan leg-spinner, flew to Dhaka last week after two negative PCR tests in the Caribbean. He was negative in his first test upon arrival on the weekend too but then had a positive return on his test yesterday. The result was verified by a second positive test today.

Photo: West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh celebrates the dismissal of India’s Shivam Dube during the second T20 match at Thiruvanathapuram on 8 December 2019. (Copyright AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

A Cricket West Indies (CWI) release this evening said the 28-year-old cricketer is asymptomatic.

The touring party was said to be ‘in individual isolation’ since their arrival in Bangladesh and there is no concern about further infections. All other members of the regional squad returned four negative PCR tests in the last 11 days—two in the Caribbean and in Bangladesh.

The ODI series starts on Wednesday 20 January. West Indies were already without a dozen first choice players for the tour, including Test captain Jason Holder and limited overs captain Kieron Pollard, who opted out due to Covid-19 concerns.

Guyanese pacer Romario Shepherd was also ruled out last week after testing positive for the novel coronavirus during a regional screening.

Walsh’s belated Covid-19 result means he will remain in isolation in Bangladesh, under the care and supervision of team physician Dr Praimanand  Singh. He has no chance of playing in any of the ODI games.

Photo: Jamaica Tallawahs batsman Rovman Powell plays an attacking stroke during CPL action against the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana on 7 July 2016.
Powell is in the current West Indies touring party in Bangladesh.
(Copyright Randy Brooks/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

West Indies current ODI Squad:

Jason Mohammed (captain), Sunil Ambris (vice-captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua Da Silva, Jahmar Hamilton, Chemar Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Andre McCarthy, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, and Keon Harding.

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  1. When yuh cross, deh say, wet paper does cut yuh.

    We shit side getting shittier by the day. Bangladesh might end up declaring in one of the ODI games if this continues…

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