The outbreak of coronavirus in the hotel where both England and South African players are staying has forced Cricket South Africa (CSA) to postpone the second ODI which was scheduled on December 7 in Cape Town. The decision has also been taken after two members of the England touring party have returned unconfirmed positive tests for COVID-19.
The opening match of the ODI series was postponed after a member in the South African squad, whose name has not been disclosed, turned out positive for the virus. Currently, he has been isolated from the group,, but the rest of the home squad returned negative tests on Friday evening.
2 member in England squad returns unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests: Cricket South Africa
Cricket South Africa and England and Wales Cricket Board chalked out a new schedule according to which the first game was set for Sunday at Boland Park in Paarl, which was originally due to be the second match of the series, and further matches on Monday and Wednesday at Newlands.
However, the match in Paarl was initially delayed and then eventually cancelled on Sunday after two members of staff at the Vineyard Hotel, where both teams are staying, returned positive test results for COVID-19 the previous day. Following that development, England’s touring party was tested on Saturday evening,, and the ECB confirmed on Sunday morning that those tests had returned two “unconfirmed” positive results.
Thus, both the boards have taken the final decision to postpone the second ODI match for their players’ safety.
“The decision has been taken by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) whilst they await the outcome of the independent ratification of the two unconfirmed positive COVID-19 tests from the England camp and the continued health and wellbeing of both playing groups,” CSA said in an official release.
Once the two unconfirmed results come in, then it will be decided as to what happens with the remaining two matches of the ODI series between England and South Africa.