England tour of South Africa : An unnamed South African player has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the upcoming limited-overs series against England.
The player and two others considered to be close contacts by South African team medical staff have all been placed in isolation in Cape Town. All are asymptomatic but doctors will continue to monitor them, Cricket South Africa said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Proteas are preparing for a three ODI and three T20I series against England in Cape Town, where approximately 50 Covid-19 tests were conducted prior to them entering a bio-secure environment.
The players will be in isolation for 10-14 days, meaning they could miss the start of the series on 27 November.
The players won’t be replaced in the squad for the series but two players have been called up for the inter-squad practice match on Saturday.
“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,” the statement said. “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.
“At this stage, none of these players will be replaced for the tour, but two replacement players will be included into the squad for the purposes of the inter-squad practice matches that will be played on Saturday, 21 November.”
England’s squad have arrived in South Africa to begin their preparations and will play a 50-over warm-up on Saturday in Cape Town. An ECB spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that all Covid-19 tests carried out on the England squad members had returned negative results.
England vs South Africa Tour schedule
Friday, 27 November – First T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, 29 November – Second T20I, Boland Park, Paarl
Tuesday, 1 December – Third T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
Friday, 4 December – First ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, 6 December – Second ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
Wednesday, 9 December – Third ODI, Newlands, Cape Town