A South African cricketer has tested positive for COVID-19 prior to limited overs series versus England.© AFP
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that one of their men’s players has tested positive for COVID-19 in the run-up to the upcoming white-ball series against England. As a precaution, CSA isolated two players who were considered close contacts to themselves. The decision was made based on the risk assessment performed by the medical team. CSA has not disclosed the identities of players who have been put into self-isolation. “One player returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment conducted by the medical team. All three players were placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being, “CSA said in an official statement.
CSA can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were conducted on players and support personnel before entering the bio-safe environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited overs tour against England. The tests are in line with fulfilling the obligation of the organization. and commitment to its duty of care to its team and the wider public in controlling the spread of the virus, “it added.
The players who have been put in isolation would not be replaced for the series against England. However, CSA has made it clear that two replacement players will be included in the roster.
The decision to add substitutes has been made in view of the friendly matches between teams to be played on Saturday, November 21, 2020.
South Africa and England compete in three T20Is and three ODIs.
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