Six gamers within the match are a part of the squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka Check collection beginning December 26
A home four-day match between the Titans and the Dolphins at SuperSport Park has been referred to as off earlier than the second day’s play after a Dolphins participant examined constructive for Covid-19. Each squads will likely be examined to find out if particular gamers must isolate and what the implications are for each the nationwide and franchise groups.
“Our domestic cricket has not been played in a biobubble, which is similar to many other tournaments around the world such as county cricket, but we have strict Covid-19 [safety] protocols which we adhere to,” Dr Shuaib Manjra, Cricket South Africa’s chief medical officer, instructed ESPNcricinfo. “We will test all the Dolphins players to determine if they need to quarantine in Centurion before returning to Durban, and we will test the Titans players as well. We have got a number of players in the Proteas squad. I don’t think it will have an impact on the Sri Lanka series but we will have to wait to make a decision.”
The newest case of Covid-19 is the fifth incident to have an effect on South African cricket after six players were withdrawn from the Warriors franchise forward of the opening spherical of home matches; one participant examined constructive earlier than South Africa went into their biosecure setting towards England one other two days into the preparations; and a 3rd the day earlier than the primary ODI, which compelled the ODI series to be postponed. The Dolphins case comes as South Africa is formally into its second wave of the pandemic, with additional restrictions to be introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night, and after Sri Lanka’s males’s and Pakistan’s women’s groups agreed to tour South Africa regardless of rising considerations following England’s withdrawal.
The Sri Lankan group is because of arrive in South Africa on Friday amid assurances that they are going to be supplied with a stricter biobubble than England, who left the group resort to play golf on eight events. Sri Lanka and South Africa are on account of be housed on the Irene Nation Membership, a venue with an on-site golf course, the place all resort employees will keep on website. Whether or not the six South African gamers concerned within the Titans-Dolphins fixture – Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen – will have the ability to be part of them, stays to be seen. Within the worst case, one in all them is among the many contaminated gamers and can should be withdrawn from the squad and extra have since contracted the virus, which may pressure South Africa to make wholesale adjustments to their squad.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) follows doctor-patient confidentiality tips and, so, don’t identify gamers who’ve examined constructive for Covid-19 and so it’s not clear who the contaminated participant is. The participant skilled signs on day one of many match and returned a constructive outcome on Sunday night.
“With player safety and welfare paramount during the Covid-19-hit cricket season, and taking in consideration the upcoming two-match Test Series between South Africa and Sri Lanka, a decision was carried out to call off the match. CSA will determine whether the match will be rescheduled or if points will be shared between the two sides,” a CSA assertion learn.
On the time that the match was referred to as off, the Titans have been 269 for 9. Markram top-scored with 75, Elgar contributed 52 and Maharaj claimed three for 48. Each groups went into this match on the high of their respective swimming pools. All six franchise groups are additionally scheduled to play in one other spherical of matches which begins on December 20, and a call is but to be made about whether or not the video games will go forward.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent