South Africa on Friday confirmed that two unnamed players in their squad have tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease and was subsequently dropped from the squad ahead of their two-match Test series against Sri Lanka at South Africa.
Cricket South Africa announced the positive tests on Friday, a day before the team is due to enter a bio-bubble on the Highveld. The squad gathers on Saturday in Centurion, where all members will be tested again prior to 2 match Test series, to prepare for the first Test starting on December 26.
South Africa Mentions 2 Unnamed Players Who Contacted The Disease Will No Longer Be Part Of Test Squad And Will Isolate Observing Protocols
Sri Lanka and South Africa will compete against each other in two Tests at Centurion from 26th December to 30th December and at Johannesburg from 3rd January to 7th January.
“The players will no longer form part of the Test team and will observe the Covid-19 protocols, including isolating with immediate effect,” Cricket South Africa said in a statement.
“CSA can also confirm that no other players in the currently named squad were deemed close contacts after contact tracing procedures were conducted.”
Three players were called up by the African team who are top-order batsman Raynard van Tonder and fast bowler Lutho Sipamla for the first time. The other player was allrounder Dwaine Pretorius, who successfully recovered from a hamstring injury. Star pacer Kagiso Rabada has not yet been medically cleared to join the squad after he suffered a groin injury.
South Africa’s ODI Series Against England Was Canceled Too After Covid-19 Outbreak
The African nation’s ODI series against England last week was also cancelled after successful completion of 3 match T20I series due to coronavirus cases in the home squad and among staff workers at the teams’ hotel.
Sri Lanka will first visit the African nation and then host England in Test series. The two-match leg against Proteas starts on December 26 in Centurion while the next and final Test will be at Johannesburg.
Following the two Tests against the Quinton de Kock-led outfit, Sri Lankan team will return home to face England in two Tests at Galle between January 14-26. Angelo Mathews is expected to return in the team for the home series after missing South African tour due to injury suffered in inaugural Lanka Premier League.
Quinton De Kock’s team includes several new faces like Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Migael Pretorius, Kyle Verreynne and Glenton Stuurman besides experienced cricketers like Lungi Ngidi, Dean Elgar, Faf Du Plessis and Rassie Van Der Dussen. Sri Lanka team also has several new faces like Minod Bhanuka, SantHush Gunathilaka and Asitha Fernando.