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Windies matches moved to avoid violence in Kingston

West Indies captain Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle's side are 2-0 down in the five-match one-day series

West Indies's fifth one-dayer and first Test against South Africa have been moved from Jamaica to Trinidad because of the security situation in Kingston.

At least 44 people have died during fighting between police and gunmen in an anti-drug offensive in the capital.

The Jamaican government declared a state of emergency on Friday.

The violence has prompted the West Indies Cricket Board to move the final one-dayer on 3 June and first Test, starting 10 June, to Port-of-Spain.

"The West Indies Cricket Board is closely monitoring the situation on the ground," read a statement.

"The WICB has been in contact with all the major stakeholders and will issue a formal update in the coming days."

The WICB had to move two Twenty20 Internationals and the first two one-day internationals against South Africa last week following a snap general election taking place in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kingston has seen days of running battles between security forces and fighters loyal to a suspected drug trafficker Christopher "Dudus" Coke sought by the US.

Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Gerald Majola said: "CSA is monitoring the situation closely there with the WICB, the International Cricket Council and the South African government.

"The Proteas' safety is our first priority and we thank that WICB for their swift action."



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