South African women cricketers get stuck in Bangladesh after contracting COVID Five women cricketers from a South African emerging players team have found themselves in the unenviable situation of being trapped in a foreign country and saddled with the dreaded COVID-19 infection.
The South African emerging women’s team was touring Bangladesh for a series but found themselves stuck when international travel was suspended in the country due to lockdown. To make the situation worse, when the members of the South African squad were tested, five members came out positive.
“All members of the South African team gave COVID-19 test samples before their departure from Sylhet. Five of them tested positive,” an official of the medical college where the tests were conducted told AFP.
The news agency also claims to have information that the five members of the touring party left behind are: Matshipi Marcia Letsoalo, Sinalo Jafta, Leah Jone, Nobulumko Baneti, and Robyn Searle. Letsoalo is the manager of the team while the other four are players.
The South African team was set to start their fifth match of the tour on Tuesday. But after the government of Bangladesh decided to impose a ban on international travel, the tour was suspended midway and the team was scheduled to leave on Monday.
But those who tested positive were forced to stay behind while 17 other members of the squad boarded a flight home on Monday.
Bangladesh is also suffering from a spike in COVID cases. This forced the government to impose a lockdown on shops and businesses for eight days.
But hope is still there for the five stranded members of the South African touring party. They would be tested again and if the results are negative, they can leave for home as soon as travel arrangements are available.
What effect the spike in COVID cases would have on the international tours relating to the Bangladesh cricket team remains to be seen.