19 – West Indies’ Marquino Mindley tests positive
Jamaica seamer was part of a training camp in St Lucia, ahead of the home season
Jamaica seamer Marquino Mindley, who had been picked in West Indies’ 30-man squad for the high-performance training camp in St Lucia, ahead of the home Test series against South Africa, has tested positive for Covid-19. The 26-year old, who is currently asymptomatic, will isolate himself in his hotel room under the supervision of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) medical team until he returns back-to-back negative results.
All the other members of the camp, including the coaches, were re-tested and returned negative tests, with training being called off for the weekend. The three-week long camp had gotten underway on May 16 in a bio-secure environment and will now resume on May 14, with the players set to train in smaller groups at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia.
“CWI continues to work with all the regional governments and CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency) to encourage and assist all squad members to get vaccinated, the board said in a statement. “To date, 43 members of West Indies Men’s playing and coaching staff have received vaccination doses.”
Mindley, who made his first-class debut in 2014, has played 35 games matches so far, taking 84 wickets to add to scoring 394 runs. More recently in the 2019-20 first-class season, he was the highest wicket-taker for Jamaica, with 24 strikes in six games at an average of 22.66.
West Indies’ bumper home season will kick off with the first Test against South Africa at the Daren Sammy Stadium from June 10.