South Africa – England series in crisis : 1st ODI abandoned, reports claim two members of England team also positive

South Africa vs England 1st ODI abandoned – Unconfirmed reports claims two members of England team also positive : First ODI between South Africa and England has been abandoned after two members of the hotel staff test positive for COVID-19. The match was scheduled to take place at 1:30 PM IST on Sunday.

According to a repory by Daily Mail, Two members of the staff at the Vineyard Hotel, where both teams are based in what is supposed to be a bio-secure bubble, were revealed to have tested positive for the virus to follow a third South African player also testing positive.

That led to the England touring party being tested again with a statement saying that two unconfirmed positive test results have been returned. Players according to the report have now been asked to isolated in the rooms.

England managing director Ashley Giles said: ‘We regret that we are unable to play in today’s ODI, but the welfare of the players and support staff is our primary concern and whilst we await the results of further tests the medical advice from both teams was that this game should not take place.

‘We remain in constant dialogue with Cricket South Africa and will continue to work closely with them to determine how best to move forward.’

Cricket South Africa [CSA] Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said: ‘CSA is doing everything in our power to ensure that our top priority, which is the health, safety and welfare of players, support staff and all involved in this series is safeguarded. With that in mind, we have made the joint decision to cancel today’s match.

‘We are deeply regretful of the situation we find ourselves in after the amount of time and energy that has been put in place to host a successful tour.

‘We are in continuous talks with the ECB as we navigate the situation under the guidance of our combined medical teams.’ 

England had white-washed South Africa in the shortest format after registering a thumping nine-wicket win in the third T20I.