Three South African cricketers have been asked to stay in isolation after one has been found COVID positive. Two other who came in contact with him have been asked to isolate as well. South Africa will play a limited-overs series against England starting November 27. All three cricketers, whose names remain undisclosed, are asymptomatic and are being monitored by the Cricket South Africa medical team, CSA said in a statement.
South African Player Tests COVID Positive
“One player has returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. All three players have been placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being,” CSA said in an official statement.
Meanwhile, the two players asked to isolate cannot be replaced in the series against England. However, the board has clarified that two replacement players will be added to the squad.
Cricket South Africa also carried out approximately 50 tests before entering the bio-bubble in cape town. The series includes three T20Is and as many ODIs to be played between November 29-December 09.
“CSA can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited-overs tour against England” the statement further added.
Meanwhile, none of the England players were found to be tested positive upon reaching the rainbow nation. They are scheduled to play a warm-up game on Saturday.
While England will be led by Eoin Morgan in both ODIs and T20Is, South Africa will be led by Quinton De Kock who is fresh off a good IPL season with Mumbai Indians. He scored 503 runs from 16 games and ended as the side’s top-scorer in their title-winning season.