BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – WITH the Caribbean Premier League set to bowl off in a few weeks, team managers have finalized their squads that will be representing the six franchises.
This comes after all players, staff, and coaching crew had arrived in Trinidad and Tobago to begin preparations for the tournament, which will be held entirely in Port-of-Spain.
In preparation for the event, the CPL cohort will be quarantined for the first 14 days while in the twin-island Republic.
According to the organizers, there were three players and one coach who have not been able to travel as a result of the stringent protocols to ensure the safety of the CPL cohort and the population of Trinidad and Tobago.
Every individual was tested 72 hours before leaving their home country in order to ensure each one was virus-free.
One player based in Jamaica had tested positive for COVID-19 and he had been training with two others, so all three were withdrawn.
One coach, based in Australia, was also tested positive before he departed, which resulted in him also not being able to travel.
Michael Hall, CPL Tournament Operations Director, said: “These withdrawals are a sign of the testing protocols that CPL put in place working as they should, and while it is disappointing for the players and coaches involved, it is vital that CPL does nothing to compromise the safety of all those involved in the tournament and the public of Trinidad.
“There have been other changes to the squads and support staff as a result of other logistical challenges with the difficulty of traveling at the current time.”
Due to the spread of the Coronavirus, organizers have decided to play the entire tournament in one location.