Johnny Grave CEO of CWI.
By CRICKET360 Staff
CEO of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Johnny Grave said that although quarantine is difficult for the players, it is different in New Zealand than how it was for the England tour and Caribbean Premier League.
In an interview with Cricket360 Grave said: “I just had a discussion yesterday with team manager Rawle Lewis and he says that all is well. The players were able to practice outdoors today which is good for them. We are happy to report that all is well with the players in terms of their mental state given the quarantine.”
The Englishman added: “Unlike CPL and the England tour they can mingle with their peers early in the quarantine. They will soon be able to move from three groups to two groups and then 20 people, so it is a lot easier than what we had for CPL and the England tour.
“We have team psychologist Donald La Guerre using the long arm from the Caribbean to deal with any mental issues the players may have while on tour, given the new normal.”
Meanwhile, the West Indies squad all tested negative on Tuesday for the Coronavirus and would undergo two further tests on day six and day 12 before they can be released from their mandatory 14-day isolation.
Six members of the Twenty20 squad are still playing in the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates and are not expected to arrive in New Zealand until late next week.
Coach Phil Simmons has said it was likely they would be in isolation until the morning of the first Twenty20 international in Auckland on November 27.
West Indies, world champions in the Twenty20 format, play three matches against New Zealand before a two-Test series starts on December 3 in Hamilton.
Grave added that player safety is paramount for CWI and they will continue to have a constant dialogue with the management on tour to ensure that all is well.