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.
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.
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.