The first ODI between South Africa and England, scheduled to be played today in Newlands, has been postponed after a player was reported to have been tested positive for the coronavirus. The series opener will now be played on Sunday at the same venue. Also Read - 3rd Test: England Speak to Match Referee Javagal Srinath Regarding Umpiring Decisions But no Official Complaint Lodged
In a joint statement, Cricket South Africa and England Cricket Board announced the development saying the decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of the players and officials involved. Also Read - IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: England 'Frustrated' at Umpiring Decisions in Motera
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) would like to announce the postponement of the first Betway One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series to Sunday, 06 December 2020,” the statement read. Also Read - 3rd Test: After Taking 6/38 on Day 1, Axar Patel Reveals Secret Behind His Success
“This decision results from a player from the Proteas team testing positive for COVID-19 after the teams’ last round of scheduled testing performed on Thursday ahead of the ODIs. In the interests of the 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,” it added.
The identity of the South African player hasn’t been revealed.
The second match will be a day-night game at Newlands on Monday and the schedule of the ODI series remains unaltered with the third ODI to be played on Wednesday.
England are currently in South Africa with the two sides recently clashing in a three-match T20I series which the tourists won 3-0.
More to follow…