Windies cricketer Walsh contracted COVID in Caribbean, says Mansingh

West Indies cricketer Hayden Walsh Jr, contracted COVID-19 before he left the Caribbean. At least that’s the belief of Dr Akshai Mansingh, a member of Cricket West Indies’ medical advisory committee.

West Indies all-rounder Hayden Walsh Jr

Mansingh said the incubation period for the novel coronavirus was between five and seven days, and pointed out that Walsh tested negative before departing the Caribbean and negative again on arrival in Bangladesh last Sunday.

However, the 28-year-old returned a positive test three days later, with a follow-up test confirming the positive result.

“If you go back five to seven days, you’d recognise this was picked up when he was in the Caribbean and not en route or obviously not while in Bangladesh,” Dr Mansingh told CBC TV 8 Sports in Barbados.

Walsh was placed in isolation in a separate wing of the team hotel in Dhaka, and will need to return two negative tests before he is released.

He is the only player to have tested positive in the travelling contingent. West Indies are set to take on Bangladesh in the opening ODI next Wednesday.