David Willey tests positive for COVID-19
England pacer David Willey along with three players from domestic franchise Yorkshire has been ruled out due to one of the players positive for COVID-19. The franchise has announced the name on Wednesday afternoon Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and Matthew Fisher. Although, they didn’t revealed who was positive, but Willey later revealed on Twitter that he was the player who had contracted the virus.
“Thank you for all the kind messages. My wife and I received positive Covid test results. Gutted to be missing the remaining games. Even more devastated that having been in contact with the other three lads Sat morning (before we had symptoms) means they’re at risk and unavailable too.” Willey tweeted.
The four players have been guided to self-isolate for 14 days, as per Covid-19 guidelines. Therefore, all of them are set to miss the final three group-stage games. They would be available for the quarter-finals on October 1 if Yorkshire can reach the knockouts without them as they will able to join after 14 days if they recover from Corona virus.
The absences of these players left Yorkshire a miserable squad currently. As Poysden, Fisher and Willey were their three leading wicket-takers in the Blast. Meanwhile, Willey was the captain for the franchise.
Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s head coach, had said after Monday’s game:
“We were hoping one of the four lads would have their test back, which would have enabled the rest of them to play. They were sat outside the ground until 5.30pm waiting on a text, but unfortunately it didn’t come.
“With the guidelines in place, the physios and club doctor said they couldn’t take part in the game unless that one person tested negative. Unfortunately, it didn’t come through. I fully expect it to be negative, but you just don’t know – you have to be careful.”