First ODI postponed after positive COVID test

By ScoreLine Desk - December 5, 2020

Cape Town: The first match of South Africa’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series against England has been postponed after one of the home players tested positive for coronavirus.

South Africa’s 50-over series against England has been thrown into disarray, with the first match of the ODI campaign postponed only hours before it was due to start after a Proteas player tested positive for COVID-19.

The South African player was not named.

Positive test in Proteas camp sees opening 50-over game in Cape Town postponed, with match now to be played in Paarl on Sunday.

The decision was announced before the scheduled start of the match on Friday, 4 December, with the first game of the series now to be played at Paarl on Sunday, 6 December. The second ODI will now be played on Monday, 7 December at Cape Town, with the final game of the series unmoved from Wednesday, 9 December.

In a statement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said: “In the interests of 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.”

Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles echoed the sentiment and remained optimistic of the series going ahead as per the revised schedule.

By ScoreLine Desk

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