South Africa canceled their inter-team warm-up match ahead of the England series on Friday after a second player from their 24-member squad tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19.
Before the white ball streak, an anonymous player from the South African cricket team had come back positive and he, along with two others, considered close contacts, were placed in isolation.
The country’s cricket council (CSA) on Friday said another player tested positive after a second mandatory Covid-19 test on Thursday.
The Council stated that the positive result of the second player was “unrelated to the first” and that the player had received “separate and appropriate accommodation with immediate effect”.
“Cricket South Africa would like to reiterate that it will not release the names of the players concerned due to doctor-patient confidentiality,” said a statement.
“The team management and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are in close communication with their counterparts in the England Cricket Board (ECB) to ensure full transparency and the most responsible course of action going forward.” The warm-up match scheduled for Saturday being canceled, Marco Marais and Stefan Tait, called to assist the team for the training match, will no longer join the team.
The entire England team came back negative after being tested upon arriving in Cape Town. The visitors will play their practice match at Newlands on Saturday.
South Africa will host England for three T20Is and as many ODIs in the limited series during what would be their first international mission in eight months.