SA cricketers fly back home after testing negative for Covid-19
The five members of South Africa Emerging Women’s side, who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, have tested negative on Tuesday (April 13) and flown back home on the same day.
According to reports, they were scheduled to board a 6.30pm flight back home from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday.
The other 17 members of the South African 22-member contingent left for home early on Tuesday.
“It is a great relief for all of us, not least of all the players, their colleagues and their families, that all our players and officials are now clear to return home,” said Cricket South Africa (CSA)’s Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki.
“The health of our players and officials is always our primary concern and we are well aware of the sacrifices that everybody is making to continue playing cricket in these difficult times.”
It should be noted that the positive reports had come in from Sylhet’s MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. The South African women played four one-day matches against their Bangladeshi counterparts in Sylhet between April 4 and April 11.
The positive members, upon arriving in the country’s capital Dhaka, provided samples for a retest, which was done under the supervision of Directorate General of Health Services, and on Tuesday they were all cleared of the virus.
Graeme Smith, the director of CSA, applauded the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for monitoring the safety of the players.
“I would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for everything they have done to keep our players and officials safe.
“When the possibility of positive test results emerged, they went out of their way to make sure everybody had the best assistance possible including having medical personnel resident at their hotel.”