The CPL on Thursday announced that 162 people participating in the league i.e. players, officials & administrators who has traveled to Trinidad has 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 CPL 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 is the first major Cricket League which will start amid the coronavirus pandemic from August 18 & the final of the CPL will be played on September 10. The tournament will be played in Trinidad & Tobago across two stadiums & behind closed doors.
All the overseas participants will be tested for COVID-19 before departure & then on arrival followed by two more tests which will be conducted after a span of 7 & 14 days respectively. The tournament will be conducted in a bio-secure bubble with a series of stringent protocols in place to protect those who are involved in the tournament & the spectators from the spread of deadly coronavirus. The first match of CPL will be played between the Guyana Amazon Warriors & the Trinbago Knight Riders on August 18.