With a focus on rebuilding for the 2020 CPL season, the beleaguered Jamaica Tallawahs franchise has opted to retain four players including star player Andre Russell for the new season.

Jamaica wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton will have to face a spell in isolation as he returns to Jamaica after the Pakistan Super League was suspended and an overseas player had shown symptoms of COVID-19.

Pakistan have recorded 454 cases of COVID-19. There have been two deaths.

The country doesn’t have any critically ill patients from the Coronavirus with 13 already recovered, but they did record 147 new cases in  a day.

Despite that, Walton, who is returning to Jamaica, doesn’t believe there is much to worry about.

“From the start of the tournament due to the security protocol we had limited contact with the wider society so as a result of that we had limited contact with the virus,” said Walton.

While he doesn’t think he has had any contact with COVID-19, Walton is completely aware of the pro-active stance of the Jamaican government in keeping the virus in check.

Jamaica has had 15 cases of the Covid-19, recorded one death, and seen two recoveries.

“Heading home is always a great feeling for me but this time there are some mixed feelings because I think I will have to be in isolation for 14 days,” said Walton.

Walton believes that while there must be an impact on athletes around the world, the level of that impact has much to do with how well governments manage the situation.

“As it relates to the livelihood of athletes across all disciplines, there has been an impact. How big of an impact will depend on how quickly the relevant authorities can get this under control,” he said.

Many of the big-name West Indies T20 players, including Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, have been axed from their teams in the Pakistan Super League ahead of its February 2020 start during Saturday’s draft in Lahore.

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