SA player tests COVID positive, first ODI vs England postponed
Massive news from Cape Town as the first ODI between South Africa and England has been postponed just an hour before the start of the play.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that a South African player tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the game.
The match was scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm local time. However, there was news coming around with a possible breach of COVID protocols ahead of the game. The touring side England left the ground for hotel about an hour before the toss.
A CSA statement has said that the first ODI will be moved to Sunday (December 6). All the players and the support staff will undergo COVID tests on Friday.
“This decision results from a player from the Proteas team testing positive for COVID-19 after the teams’ last round of scheduled testing performed on Thursday ahead of the ODIs,” a CSA media release said.
“In the interests of the safety and well-being of both teams, match officials and all involved in the match, the Acting CEO of CSA, Kugandrie Govender as well as the CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison, have agreed to postpone the first fixture to Sunday.”
Cricket South Africa has also rescheduled the ODI fixtures with the first ODI taking place on Sunday. Paarl will host the game. Cape Town will host the second and third ODIs on December 7 and December 9.
The rescheduled ODI fixtures:
December 6: 1st ODI at Boland Park, Paarl
December 7: 2nd ODI at Newlands, Cape Town
December 9: 3rd ODI at Newlands, Cape Town