West Indian batsman Shai Hope and his brother Kyle Hope have been banned from the upcoming Super50 Cup after testing positive for the coronavirus. Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the return of regional 50-over cricket to the Caribbean, with the matches for the Super50 Cup rescheduled to be played in Antigua in February. “The results were released following the first completed tests of the Barbados Pride squad and management on Sunday. Shai and Kyle Hope will be placed in isolation in accordance with protocols set by the Barbados government,” said a statement from the Barbados Cricket Association.
The duo has been replaced in the 15-man squad by wicket-keeper / batsman Tevyn Walcott and top batsman Zachary McCaskie. Both will immediately undergo the required tests and protocols.
This year’s annual Super50 Cup will provide a platform for the region’s six main cricket rivals to fight in nineteen 50-over matches starting February 7, when the Leeward Islands Hurricanes host the Windward Islands. The Barbados team will leave for Antigua on Sunday.
Each team competes against each other on a round-robin basis, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals and having the opportunity to reach the final. The tournament final will be played on February 27.
The Super50 Cup is the big 50-over event in the West Indies featuring the six long-standing territorial rivals – Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Jamaica Scorpions, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and the Windward Volcanoes.
Squad of Barbados Pride: Jason Holder (Captain), Joshua Bishop, Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Dominic Drakes, Jonathan Drakes, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Akeem Jordan, Nicholas Kirton, Zachary McCaskie, Ashley Nurse, Tevyn Walcott.
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