World News – UK – South Africa v England: First ODI postponed after Proteas players test positive for coronavirus


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The first game in the English ODI series in South Africa has been postponed after a Proteas player tested positive for coronavirus.

The game in Newlands was supposed to start at 11am on Friday but was canceled just an hour before the game started. It will now take place on Sunday.

A statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that a member of his squad returned a positive Covid-19 test after the final round of testing on Thursday.

In a joint statement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), CSA added: « In the interests of the safety and well-being of both teams, the match officers and everyone involved in the game, the acting CEO of CSA Kugandrie Govender and the CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison, have agreed to postpone the first game to Sunday. « 

Sky Sports cricket expert Mike Atherton said the positive test in Cape Town demonstrated the effectiveness of the bio-safe bubbles built up in England earlier this summer than none throughout the series between the hosts and West Indies, Ireland Player got sick. Australia and Pakistan.

« We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the player is okay, and then they’ll try to figure out who he’s been with, and presumably they’ll test everyone else too. Let’s hope we can win the three games, « said the former England captain.

« What it shows is the remarkable work the ECB did over the UK summer at the height of the pandemic to get all of these games started without players testing positive for Covid-19.

« It’s inevitably a bit more relaxed here, as there is no hotel on site. Both players live in a hotel just five minutes away.

« There is a movement between venue and accommodation that the ECB has been lucky with in that the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford had hotels on site and everything could be pinched in very efficiently. « 

Expert Nasser Hussain added: « Sometimes these things just happen. You absolutely chose the right procedure – you cannot risk anyone. South Africa already had two players who went under with Covid-19.

« We wish whoever it is gets well as soon as possible. It’s just part of the world we live in right now. Indeed, in South Africa, as in most parts of the world, there has been an increase. They talk about closing things. « 

© 2020 Sky UK

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World News – GB – South Africa v England: First ODI postponed after Proteas player tests positive for coronavirus


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