Port Elizabeth: April 11 (IANS) Two players from the South African cricket team, Sarel Erwee and Wiaan Mulder, have tested positive for covid-19 and will no longer take part in the remainder of the second test match against Bangladesh, according to Cricket. South Africa (CSA) on Monday.
The two were examined on Monday morning after they reported feeling unwell. “The team will invoke the Covid-19 substitution protocol that was agreed between the two teams (CSA and the Bangladesh Cricket Board) before the start of the tour and in accordance with ICC protocols,” CSA said.
South Africa are about to complete a clean sweep of the two-Test series, cutting the Mominul Haque-led visitors to 27/3 in the second innings at the stumps on Day 3 at St George’s Park on Sunday.
Bangladesh still needs 386 runs to win, which seems unlikely given that their entire top order, including Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Najmul Hossain Shanto, returned to the locker room in just 9.1 overs of Bangladesh’s second inning late in the game. Sunday.
Mulder had taken three wickets in the early innings.
While Khaya Zondo replaced Erwee, making his debut in Proteas Test (episode 119), Glenton Stuurman replaced Mulder.
“This is an unfortunate situation, but not an unexpected one after the decision was made to run this tour under the Managed Event Environment (MEE) protocol, rather than the strict Bio-safe Environment (BSE) protocol as was previously the case. This it is in line with the country’s policy of repealing the Disaster Management Law with reference to the pandemic, as well as the enormous mental strain that a bubble environment induces,” said CSA Medical Director Dr. Shuaib Manjra.
“The two players are currently in quarantine at the team hotel and are under the care of the team’s medical staff.”