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3 South African players put in isolation as one tested positive for Covid-19

November 19, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Ahead of the home series against England, one player from the South Africa team has tested positive for Covid-19. The cricketer and two others, who came in contact with him, have all been put in quarantine in Cape Town.

As per the statement by Cricket South Africa (CSA), the three players are asymptomatic. However, doctors will keep a tab on them. The cricket board additionally expressed that around 50 tests have been carried out on players and support staff before entering their bio-secure bubble in Cape Town.

“One player has returned a positive test result, and two players were considering as close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team,” the statement said.

All three players have been put in immediate isolation in Cape Town, as part of the COVID-19 rules in recent times. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA's medical team will screen them to guarantee their wellbeing and health.

CSA not thinking of player's replacement at present

At this stage, CSA is not thinking of replacing any of these three players for the tour. However, they have decided to include two replacement cricketers into the squad for the reasons of the inter-squad preparation games. The teams will play practice games on Saturday, 21 November.

England arrived in South Africa earlier this week to start their preparation. The guests will play a 50-over warm-up game on Saturday in Cape Town. On Wednesday, an ECB representative confirmed that all Covid-19 tests completed on the England team members had returned negative.

The series will begin on November 27 when both teams clash in the first of three T20Is, followed by three ODIs. The venues will be Newlands and Paarl. The forthcoming series will be the first one for South Africa since March. England, on the other hand, played against Pakistan, Ireland, West Indies, and Australia.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh