The three players removed from the Hero CPL T20 tournament because of COVID-19 issues did not leave Jamaica and as such was not in contact with the contingent that flew into Trinidad and Tobago on Monday night and was taken to their Bubble based at Hilton Trinidad under Police escort.
Manager of the Jamaica Tallawahs Jefferson Miller made it clear that the trio did not leave the land of birth Jamaica as they were pulled before they could have visited St. Lucia to meet the rest of the team. Dennis Bulli who was due to play with the St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots was tested and his results returned positive for COVID-19. He was at Sabina Park in Jamaica preparing for the tournament. Practising with him were batsman Andre McCarthy and all-rounder Jeavar Royal.
Guardian Media Sports understands that an estimated 180 persons which comprise a total of 144 players and technical staff are based at the Bubble together with other match officials.
Miller said: "My two players in McCarthy and Royal were not the ones who tested positive for COVID-19. They were fine but at the end of the day they trained with Bulli and hence we decided to pull them from the team. We are not happy at doing this but we have to be very serious with this COVID situation. The players never left Jamaica to go and join the others in St. Lucia, so where was no chance of others coming into contact with them to be compromised."
Tallawahs have brought in West Indies Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood and right-arm Off Spinner Ramaal Lewis as replacements for the two.
The players all arrived on Monday at 11.55 pm at Piarco and spent a while on the ground while authorities were ensuring that all protocols were observed. They are settled at the Hilton Hotel and will be staying in self-isolation for seven days before being tested again.
A source close to the situation said that all the players who arrived on Monday night produced certificates of negative COVID-19 results. They will be tested again after seven days.
Guardian Media Sports spoke with one of the officials who is based at the Hilton Hotel, Lady Young Road, and he said that since being there for the last couple days he has only been allowed out his room for four minutes to have a COVID-19 test done.
According to the official: "I am in my room for quite a several days. I watched Netflix and sent emails. I left for my first COVID test, was out my room for four minutes, that is it." He said that soon he will have another test and then will be able to join small groups. At day eight there is another test and I think we may be allowed to be in small clusters of three or four to meet up and chat, but movement very restricted."
He said that while there is no security outside his door the area is being policed. "No one outside my door, but we cannot leave our rooms. It is being policed I am told."
Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith, who chaired a security meeting of all stakeholders involved in the 2020 edition of the CPL on Saturday advised the public that all measures are being put in place to ensure the health and safety of all local and international players.
In a news release which followed the meeting, Griffith stated: "All teams will have to undergo a quarantine period of 14 days during which they will be monitored and tested by officials of the Ministry of Health. All teams will be staying under quarantine at the Hilton. All teams will be kept in sanitized zones which are termed "bubbles". He points out that fans and family members will not be allowed to visit training sessions, matches, or the hotel. No spectators will be allowed at the venues during the games."
The tournament which bowls-off on August 18 and ends on September 10, will feature six franchise teams - the Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders - will play matches at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, and at the Brian Lara Academy, Tarouba, San Fernando.
Commissioner Griffith also announced acting assistant commissioner of Police, Floris Hodge-Griffith as the Gold Commander for the CPL tournament.
So far there are 194 positive cases in T&T with eight deaths as of the 6:00 pm update from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
The opening match will be between the Trinbago Knight Riders and the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy from 10 am followed by the defending champions the Tridents against the Patriots from 5.30 pm.