All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has been forced to serve isolation and is unlikely to be a part of the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) opener against Saint Lucia Kings on August 27.
Brathwaite, the former West Indies T20 skipper, will now be in isolation as a co-passenger on the flight from UK to St Kitts and Nevis had tested positive for Covid-19.
“My tests have been negative as far as I know. We’ve been asked to be in quarantine. I still don’t know the full extent of it. I’ve just been told I need to continue to quarantine as opposed to being allowed to walk around the hotel as was initially allowed. So I’m just as much in the dark as you are, unfortunately,” said Brathwaite.
Brathwaite, who was featuring for Manchester Originals in The Hundred, had travelled from Manchester to Basseterre ahead of the upcoming CPL.
When asked whether he would play the inaugural CPL match, he said: “(I’m) not sure.”
“I haven’t actually received anything official yet to know when day one is and how many days of quarantine, etc. So yeah, I’m just skipping in my room and doing sit-ups and hoping to be at least physically ready to go if I can,” Brathwaite was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.
“The tournament is going to be interesting. I don’t think it will be an undefeated run to the finals as Trinidad had last year. I think it will be a little closer. I think all the teams are more evenly matched. I feel as though we have a few potential match-winners. Myself, Russell, Rovman Powell obviously in the middle. Our spin attack, we’ve lost Mujeeb and we’ve lost Sandeep but we have Qais Ahmad, Veerasammy Permaul, and Chris Green. So when you look at it that’s a real balanced spin attack, left-arm orthodox, right-arm offspinner, leg-break bowler,” said Brathwaite.
Earlier on Monday, Brathwaite had extended his contract with Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Sixers for the upcoming season.