Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Kamla renews call for PM to cancel CPL tournament

File photo: Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

File photo: Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Following reports that a player of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is again calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to cancel the upcoming CPL tournament.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Opposition Leader said the Prime Minister's decision to host these games amid a pandemic was "highly reckless, baseless and callous in the first place."

She said hosting the tournament poses a serious health threat.

"Now, we simply cannot risk this serious health threat, especially amid the current rapid rise in COVID-19 community spread. In the past few days, five police stations, schools, children’s homes, court houses and private sector businesses across the country have been forced to close, due to many emerging positive COVID-19 cases."

According to the Jamaican Observer, a Jamaican CPL player tested positive for COVID-19, while two players who might have been exposed were withdrawn from the Jamaican Tallawahs squad.

The squad was scheduled to depart via charter flight for Trinidad and Tobago on Monday.

The CPL T20 Tournament is scheduled to take place in Trinidad over the period August 18 to September 12, with strict adherence to the COVID-19 guideline.

There will be no spectators at the stadiums.

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