Cricket Canada to fly Under-19 team back home after COVID-19 cases

Cricket Canada (CC) has said it is concerned for the health and wellbeing of their Under 19 World Cup squad which has been rocked by several positive Covid-19 cases and is stuck in the Caribbean.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday disclosed that nine of the 15 members in the Canada squad returned positive tests ending the team’s campaign. The team would be unable to field a XI in their Plate Group matches which have been canceled.

The players, whose names the ICC refused to disclose, are in isolation in Trinidad. They will have their testing done in a couple of days and then the CC plans to fly them back home.

This is the second major instance of the Covid-19 virus affecting the championship. Earlier this month, six Indian players had tested positive although there was no major impact on their chances in the tournament. The Yash Dhull-led side still went on to top Group B and will now play the Super League quarter-final against Bangladesh in Antigua on January 29 (Saturday).

Canada’s Plate play-off against Scotland was due on Saturday. As a result of the cancellations, Scotland has progressed to the 13th/14th play-off. The 15th/16th playoff game, which would have featured Canada against either Uganda or PNG, will also not take place. As per the tournament rules, places 11 to 16 are decided based on the Plate Championship results.

Canada would return home without a single win. They lost all three Group A preliminary-round games in St Kitt. They then moved to Trinidad for the playoffs in which they first lost to Ireland before Covid halted their campaign.