CPL cricketer, minor test COVID-19 positive in St Kitts and Nevis

A player tested positive for covid-19 just two days before the start of the T20 tournament Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.

St Kitts and Nevis: A player tested positive for covid-19 just two days before the start of the T20 tournament Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021.

This year, the whole tournament will be competed from Thursday to September 15 in St Kitts and Nevis.

A CPL media report said on Tuesday that 255 travelers had arrived and entered the tournament bubble and after a rigorous testing process, two cases of covid19 were detected. A comprehensive contact tracing process took place, along with additional tests and no further cases were identified.

St Kitts and Nevis Sports Minister, Jonel Powell told local media that the two cases that came up are a player and the other one is a minor related to one of the players. Both were picked up based on incoming PCR tests and were in isolation at all times, which is part of the robust set of protocols in St Kitts and Nevis.

Powell is confident that the tournament can be held with minor incidents. Minister added that the risk that they can spread it to other people in the bubble is at least minimal, and therefore government has the confidence that these games will run smoothly through these protocols.

It has not been confirmed for which team the positive cricketer will perform. Six teams will participate in the tournament, including defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Barbados Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Kings and Jamaica Tallawahs.

Powell said that the CPL, along with local health officials, has put together a very robust set of protocols to ensure these games run smoothly.

This is the second consecutive year that the entire CPL is played in one country. In 2020, Trinidad hosted the tournament under comparable measures as all the players and officials stayed in a bubble at the Hilton Hotel in Port of Spain.

No positive tests were confirmed during the previous year’s edition, but the numbers of covid19 in the Caribbean were more moderate during last year’s tournament than this year.

St Kitts and Nevis controlled the spread of covid19, but so far 823 cases have been recorded in the country, as well as three deaths.

Fans who have been fully vaccinated can attend 25 of the 33 matches during the 2021 CPL at 50 percent capacity.

Fans were not allowed in the previous year’s issue.

Powell said all participants must be fully vaccinated, and in addition, non-pharmaceutical protocols such as masking, hand cleansing, physical distance are promoted. St Kitts and Nevis has a very robust system regarding the enrollment process where persons go through two sets of hand disinfection (stations). “We do complete contact tracking of every person who enters the venue and we put as many things in place as possible to ensure that these games continue safely and successfully.”

The majority of the Hero CPL group had already arrived in St Kitts and Nevis before the tournament.

In the CPL release, the tournament’s chief operating officer, Michael Hall, said that the two positive cases were quickly identified after tests on arrival and were marked with Hero CPL while quarantine was still in the room for the individuals. The tournament bubble remained intact and there was no exposure to the wider public in the federation. We look forward to getting the cricket started on 26 August.