Hard-hitting batsman Fabian Allen is the latest Cricketer to be ruled out of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) due to inconvenience in travelling to Trinidad.
Allen, who was supposed to report at Trinidad two weeks prior to the commencement of the CPL like all other players and staff, missed his flight from Jamaica to Barbados. He was supposed to reach Barbados on an internal flight on Monday, before boarding a chartered flight to Trinidad, but was late to the airport and subsequently missed his flight.
Allen’s agent told ESPNCricinfo, “Unfortunately there was some confusion with his understanding of the flight details and he missed the flight. We explored all possibilities, but due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Trinidad, the charter flight on Monday was the only way he could enter the country.”
Under Trinidad and Tobago’s tight lockdown rules, nobody is able to come in or out of the country other than on those charter flights, meaning Allen, who was retained by the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in this year’s CPL draft, will not be replaced in the squad. Those involved in the tournament are currently quarantining in the Hilton hotel in Port-of-Spain, and all of them tested negative upon their arrival.
Allen’s absence is the latest in a series of blows for the Patriots. He has been a revelation for them with the bat in the competition in the last two seasons, making 337 runs at a strike rate of 181.18. He has also chipped in with the ball, and took one of the CPL’s best-ever catches as a substitute fielder in 2017.