The Caribbean Premier League is all set to become the first major cricket league to start amid the coronavirus pandemic from August 18 & finals will be played on September 10 respectively.
The Caribbean Premier League officially announced on Thursday that 162 people including players, officials & administrators who have traveled into Trinidad have been tested negative for the coronavirus.
“They will now be kept in quarantine in the official hotel for 14 days during which time they will be tested regularly. If any member of the party is found to have contracted the virus they will be removed from the hotel and placed in further isolation in accordance with the current protocols in Trinidad and Tobago, but as of now all those who have arrived in Trinidad and Tobago are free from COVID-19,” the Caribbean Premier League said in a statement.
“It has been a colossal effort by all involved to get everyone safely into Trinidad & Tobago and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work and diligence. Our main priority is the health and wellbeing of all those involved in CPL and the wider population in the host country, to have got through this first step without any cases is encouraging news, but we will remain vigilant,” Michael Hall, Tournament Operations Director, said.
The CPL will become the first major cricket league which will commence amid the coronavirus pandemic from August 18 while the finals of the tournament will be played on September 10.
The whole tournament will be played in Trinidad and Tobago across two stadiums and behind closed doors. And all the overseas participants who are traveling for the Caribbean league will be tested for the COVID-19 before departure and then upon arrival followed by two more tests which will conducted after the time span of 7 & 4 days.
The tournament will take place in bio-secure environment with a series of stringent protocols in place to safeguard those who are involved in the tournament & the spectators from the spread of the coronavirus. The first match is between last year’s runners-up, the Guyana Amazon Warriors taking on the Trinbago Knight Riders on August 18.