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Team breach dis­ap­points

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CHRISTCHUR­CH: Cricket West Indies chief ex­ec­u­tive Johnny Grave is ‘‘bit­terly dis­ap­pointed’’ team mem­bers broke man­aged iso­la­tion rules at a Christchur­ch fa­cil­ity.

Sev­eral mem­bers of the squad — be­lieved to be four or five play­ers — were caught on CCTV shar­ing food and so­cial­is­ing in hall­ways at the Chateau on the Park ho­tel.

While there was no risk to the public as no mem­ber of the West In­dian tour­ing party left the iso­la­tion fa­cil­ity, the breach led to the Min­istry of Health re­vok­ing the team’s ex­emp­tion to train while in iso­la­tion.

The team was due to ar­rive in Queen­stown to­mor­row.

‘‘The West Indies cricket team were given cer­tain ex­emp­tions from the man­aged iso­la­tion rules which ap­ply to ev­ery­one else,’’ di­rec­tor­gen­eral of Health Ash­ley Bloom­field said.

‘‘This in­cluded be­ing able to be in larger bub­bles and train in prepa­ra­tion for their in­ter­na­tional games.

‘‘It is a priv­i­lege to come here but in re­turn they have to stick to the rules.’’

Dr Bloom­field com­ments came as the min­istry an­nounced one new Covid­19 case in man­aged iso­la­tion yes­ter­day.

That case ar­rived on Novem­ber 3 from Ro­ma­nia via Qatar and Aus­tralia.

They are a fam­ily mem­ber of a pre­vi­ous case from man­aged iso­la­tion and had al­ready been trans­ferred to the Auck­land quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity.

The West Indies team now can­not train in its fi­nal three days in iso­la­tion, which Mr

Grave ac­knowl­edged was a “huge blow”, but one that came with­out ar­gu­ment.

‘‘We’re in full sup­port of the ac­tions taken by the New Zealand Min­istry of Health that for the re­main­ing quar­an­tine pe­riod we’ll be un­able to train,’’ he said.

Cricket West Indies was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, and Mr Grave be­lieved the breach came from a mix­ing of the team’s two train­ing bub­bles.

The team had been able to train in iso­la­tion since day four of its stay, and moved into two bub­bles at a max­i­mum of 20 peo­ple from day seven.

With the West Indies hav­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted in­ter­na­tional cricket’s first ‘‘bub­ble’’ tour when it vis­ited Eng­land in July, Mr Grave said the play­ers should have known how to deal with the de­mands of iso­la­tion.

‘‘My dis­ap­point­ment is mainly the fact that our play­ers are the most ex­pe­ri­enced in the world in deal­ing with quar­an­tine mea­sures.

‘‘Here — be­cause of the fact that the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment have done such a good job with Covid — the car­rot was for play­ers to go through a nor­mal tour.’’

While un­der­stand­ing the hard con­di­tions for the play­ers, Mr Grave ex­pected bet­ter.

‘‘I am sym­pa­thetic, but at the same time I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.’’

They po­ten­tially put the tour at risk and the New Zealand public at risk, he said.

The West Indies was still set to leave man­aged iso­la­tion to­mor­row, as­sum­ing its fi­nal Covid tests come back neg­a­tive today.

The team was sched­uled to travel to Queen­stown ahead of two warm­up matches against New Zealand A.

The team was sched­uled to take on the Black Caps in two Twen­ty20s and three test matches, the first T20 on Novem­ber 27 at Eden park.

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