South Africa's Player Tests COVID-19 Positive Ahead Of England Series
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South Africa’s Player Tests COVID-19 Positive Ahead Of England Series

Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirms one player from their squad, who is set to play the white-ball series against England, tests positive for the coronavirus. However, the board didn’t confirm the name of the player.

CSA also informed that two players were in close contact with the COVID-19 positive player and thus, all the three have been isolated in Cape Town. The medical team is currently monitoring them.

“One player has returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. All three players have been placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being,” CSA said in an official statement.

“CSA can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 (/topic/covid-19) PCR tests were performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited-overs tour against England. The testing is in line with fulfilling the organization’s obligation and commitment to its duty of care to its team and to the broader public in controlling the spread of the virus,” it added.

South Africa didn’t announce replacements for the series:

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Cricket South Africa has not ruled them out from the series but has announced two replacement players for the intrasquad match on Saturday (November 21). The series between England and South Africa will kick start with three-match T20I series scheduled to begin from 27 November. Cape Town will host the first and third T20I while Paarl will host the second T20I.

Following the T20I series, the 50-over format series will begin on December 4. Except for the second ODI, the rest of the matches will be organized in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, England have landed in South Africa last week and are followed the mandatory quarantine