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All CPL players and staff tested negative for COVID-19 after landing at T&T

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All the individuals, players, staff, and administrators, who will be involved in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) starting a week and a half later, have tested negative for COVID-19 upon landing at Trinidad and Tobago, the venue for this year’s edition.

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According to an official statement released by the tournament officials, the members will now be quarantined in an official hotel for 14 days, and will be tested regularly before the tournament commences on August 18.

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BASSETERRE, ST KITTS, SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS – SEPTEMBER 10: In this handout image provided by CPL T20, Fabian Allen of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots celebrates hitting the winning runs during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match against Jamaica Tallawahs (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images )

The release further said that anyone who tests positive over the quarantine period will be placed in “further isolation” in accordance with the protocols of Trinidad & Tobago.

Tournament operations director Michael Hall said, “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.”

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Five people, though, did not fly to T&T for the tournament owing to the virus and other commitments, Simon Helmot, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ head coach tested positive for COVID-19 before taking the flight to T&T, left arm spinner Dennis Bulli, who plays for the Patriots, was also tested positive for the virus.

Their assistant coach, Malolan Rangarajan has to fly to the UAE to fulfill his commitments with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

Jamaica Tallawahs’ Andre McCarthy and Jeavor Royal had to be withdrawn after they admitted to have been in close contact with a player who had tested positive.

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Last week, T&T prime minister Keith Rowley had said that given the CPL’s bubble, it would be safe for the rest of the population.

Rowley also said that breaching of biosecurity protocols by players and staff will strictly not be tolerated. “Don’t play you can come out from that protocol and decide to take a drink down the road or whatever, we’re not tolerating that,” he said.