BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — The West Indies cricket squad is touring again, becoming the first test team to embark on two tours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The West Indies re—opened international cricket after a global sports shutdown when they underwent quarantine in Britain before playing against England in July and August.

Now the Caribbean-based players have all tested negative to COVID-19 and are on the way to New Zealand for a tour involved two tests and three Twenty20 internationals.

“This is a very important tour for us as we build towards defending our ICC T20 World Cup title and also complete another series in the ICC World Test Championship,” Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave said. “Fans all around the world have been missing their favorite sports, so we want to continue to play our part to bring joy and smiles to the faces of those who support and enjoy our cricket.”

The Caribbean-based players, coaches and staff departed from Barbados late Tuesday for New Zealand, where they'll complete quarantine in Christchurch ahead of the series.

“All these squad members have completed COVID-19 tests and were all given a clean bill of health to travel,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

There are squads for the T20 and test formats of the tour, and six reserve players who will travel with the squad to ensure replacements are available as injury cover.

The three T20s will be played Nov. 27, 29 and 30 and the test matches will staged in Auckland from Dec. 3 and in Wellington from Dec. 11.

West Indies squads:

Tests: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

T20s: Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr., Kesrick Williams.


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