Another Covid blow for South Africa but an SL tour remains untouched, for now


South African cricket struck another Covid blow at Centurion. © Getty

The avid crisis of South African cricket deepened on Monday when a first-class match was halted after one of the players involved proved positive. The game featured six members of South Africa’s squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, and was played at the same ground where the rubber is to start.

South Africans will wonder if those hit facts will prompt SLC to revisit the decision they took to fulfill their commitment to tour, which was confirmed after England left their visit with half of their six white ball matches not played. But Sri Lanka’s word on Monday was that the players were getting ready to travel. Their coach, Mickey Arthur, a South African, tweeted on Sunday that he had arrived in the country.

“We are following the situation very closely,” said SLC chief Ashley de Silva. “We have sent a doctor to South Africa together with our head coach to check on the situation. There are some things to be implemented and we are being informed of all developments. Reports we have are quite good. We are confident of the excursion going forward.”

However, an edition suggested that CSA know the sensitivity of the situation: “With safety and well-being of players paramount during the successful cricket season of Covid-19, and considering the upcoming exam series between South Africa and Sri Lanka, a decision was made. [first-class] match. ”

The tour of England ended drastically, as it is said that seven people in both camps and among co-workers in the hotel where the detachments lived contracted the disease. The two cases in the England camp were later reportedly false positives.

The nightmare continued on Monday when CSA said the match between the Titans and the Dolphins was halted after a “Dolphins” player [who] experienced symptoms during the first day “returned a positive test. Both teams and their support staff will be tested. Players who are negative for the virus could be forced to isolate for five days if they were in close contact with someone who has the disease Close contact is defined as being within two meters of that person for a total of at least 15 minutes to 24 hours.

The canceled game involved Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen – all in the Test squad – and was played at Centurion, where the test series is scheduled to begin on December 26th. Markram and Elgar are South Africa’s first couple. In the absence of Kagiso Rabada, who has a groin injury, Ngidi will lead the attack. Maharaj is the only specialist spinner in the squad. The ranks of the home side would be severely disrupted if any of those players tested positive, though less so in the case of Maharaj because surfaces at Centurion and the Wanderers – where the second Test begins on 3 January – are usually not friendly to spinners.

That Covid was brought to the ground where the series will begin has caused concern, but Titans boss Jacques Faul said this is a manageable aspect of the challenge: “Cleaning the site is, compared to everything it takes. to do, the easy part is to treat the virus. But such an event will make us even more aware. ”

Shuaib Manjra, CSA’s chief physician, released Centurion: “SuperSport Park was not responsible for this.” In any case, the soil will be scrubbed from top to bottom, as it would be even if the virus did not find its way there.

As Faul said, that’s not hard to do, either. Instead of standing in front of an enemy who seems to know more about us than we know, is much more demanding. As Manjra said, “We sail a ship while we try to build it.”

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