Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has been forced to pull out of a game after his teammate Nick Selman tested positive for the COVID-19. Marnus is currently playing T20 Blast for Glamorgan in England. The team has asked both Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser to miss the game as they were in close contact with Nick Selman during his stint with the club. Nick Selman plays for Queensland’s youth teams and got along well with Marnus and Neser. After testing positive, Selman has to follow all the protocols. He has to be under mandatory quarantine for the next 10 days.
Marnus Labuschagne has scored 294 runs in six T20 Blast matches
All the other players, coaches, and support staff of Glamorgan have got negative results. On the other hand, Neser and Marnus Labuschagne’s reports are yet to come. Both the players are not allowed to participate in the T20 Blast till their results are out.
The 26-year-old Australian batsman had a good season for Glamorgan. Even though Marnus faced some problems during the four-day County matches, He bounced back more robust in the game’s shortest format. The Australian was the side’s leading run-scorer. However, the latest news of him opting out from the recent match due to the COVID-19 scare means that he might have to wait for his chances to show credentials in the T20 format.
Surprisingly, the right-handed batsman was not included in the squad for Australia’s tour to the West Indies. This T20 Blast tournament might have grabbed him a spot in the national team. However, Marnus will have to start all over again. Apart from playing the West Indies, the Australian cricket team is also prepared to travel to Bangladesh to play a T20I series in the month of August. The T20 World Cup 2021 is going to be held in the months of October – November, and Marnus Labuschagne might feel he missed an opportunity.
Recently, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has claimed that the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is going to be staged in the UAE. The decision has been taken considering the COVID-19 crisis in the country.