Sad news had devastated the South African squad just before the start of the home series against England as the one player of the South African squad had tested positive for COVID-19. It is considered that player and two others came in contact with South African medical staff, and they all have been quarantined in Cape Town.
As per the sources had stated by Cricket South Africa (CSA), three players were asymptomatic but according to the doctors they should be continued in the stage of monitoring. They also mentioned that all the players are carried out through 50 Tests before entering into the bio-secure base in Cape Town.
“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,” said by Cricket South Africa Management.
“All the 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”.
“At this stage, none of these players will be replaced for the tour, but two replacement players will be included into the squad for the purposes of the inter-squad practice matches that will be played on Saturday, 21 November,” stated by Cricket South Africa Team Management.
A week before the tour, England had landed in South Africa for the preparation begins. England will go to play warm up match against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday. It is confirmed by the ECB spokesman that all the COVID-19 Tests were carried out on the England squad on Wednesday, and all the members were tested negative in the results.
Match between England and South Africa will go on floor from November 27th. They are going to have three ODIs and three T20Is respectively. All the matches will be held in Newlands and the Paarl. South-Africa is going to play the first international match after the pandemic situation whereas England had played the international match between West Indies, Australia, Ireland and Pakistan.