Risk management is the key to success in 2022: Severe

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Faced with a busy 2022 schedule amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket West Indies says risk management will be a key factor for the organization over the coming months in determining the success of its international engagements.

The Caribbean senior men’s and women’s teams have been active throughout 2021 and will face an even busier schedule in 2022, with the 50+ Women’s World Cup scheduled in New Zealand and the Men’s World Cup. Twenty20 planned in Australia.

The Under-19 team, dubbed the rising stars, will also compete in the ICC Under-19 World Cup which kicks off next month in the Caribbean, adding to an already complex international itinerary for CWI.

However, chief executive Johnny Grave said the regional governing body was already ready to tackle the challenges associated with organizing multiple tours during a pandemic, but believed it could do so while protecting health and safety. players and officials.

“We have a lot of cricket coming up in January,” Grave said.

“We have the Under-19 Cricket World Cup where we will host 16 teams from all over the world coming to the Caribbean, as well as Ireland coming to Jamaica for whiteball cricket and also England at the end of January. in Barbados for five T20s.

“So the start of the year is going to be very, very busy for us, so once again, we are going to manage the risk of COVID as best we can, working closely with governments in the region, in particular. ministries of health to ensure we keep our players, support staff and visiting teams as safe as possible, as well as the communities that kindly host our cricket. “

He continued, “It’s clear that COVID is still around and all players and support staff are fully immunized, which clearly manages and mitigates the risk of anyone falling seriously ill.

“But we must be very vigilant at all times to protect ourselves and our colleagues, friends, families and communities.

“So it’s going to be another busy year for West Indian cricket, especially the start of the year, and we just hope we can get through cricket in the safest and most successful way possible. “

Just last week, CWI was forced to end the one-day international phase of the tour in Pakistan, after nine members of the West Indies tour tested positive for COVID-19 during the Twenty20 three-game series. .

Among the positive cases were six players, leaving the tour coaches struggling to build a meaningful squad for the games from December 18-22.

Just weeks earlier, women in the West Indies found themselves with a difficult journey home after the abrupt cancellation of the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe, following the emergence of a new variant of COVID- 19 in southern Africa.

With major nations like the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union bloc imposing travel restrictions on countries in southern Africa, it meant women from the West Indies were forced to fly to Oman. , spending ten days in the Gulf State before being allowed to return to the Caribbean. .

“It has been a difficult few weeks for us as the women’s team due to return from Zimbabwe after dropping out of ICC qualifying due to travel disruption and uncertainty caused by this new variant,” said Grave.

“Fortunately, the women’s team is now back in the Caribbean… and I want to thank them for their understanding in what has been a very difficult situation.

“They had to spend ten days in Oman and cross a period outside of southern Africa before they could re-enter the UK or the US, depending on which visas they had and flight availability.”

He added: “But it’s a great relief for us and I’m sure for them and their friends and family that they are now safely back in the Caribbean and can take some of respite as we look to next year.

“And now that we have qualified for the New Zealand World Cup in February / March, we can begin our plans to prepare the team for an exciting World Cup.”

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