Cricket

South Africa vs England: Proteas team doctor worried about team 'bubble' breach after ODI postponed

Dr Shuaib Manjra said he was 'surprised' by the positive test. New tests will now be conducted on Saturday ahead of what is now planned as the opening encounter in the three-match series in Paarl on Sunday.

South Africa vs England: Proteas team doctor worried about team 'bubble' breach after ODI postponed

First ODI between South Africa and England was postponed after a Proteas player tested COVID-19 positive. AP

Cape Town: South Africa's team doctor said Friday he was concerned about a possible breach of the team’s bio-secure 'bubble’ after the first one-day international against England was postponed because a South African player tested positive for Covid-19.

The postponement announcement was made just over an hour before Friday’s day-night match was due to start at Newlands in Cape Town.

Dr Shuaib Manjra said he was "surprised" by the positive test. New tests will now be conducted on Saturday ahead of what is now planned as the opening encounter in the three-match series in Paarl on Sunday.

There would be further tests after the planned second match in Cape Town on Monday, ahead of the scheduled final match on Wednesday.

South African celebrates the wicket Jason Roy during a T20 cricket match between South Africa and England in Paarl, South Africa, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

First ODI between South Africa and England was postponed after a Proteas player tested COVID-19 positive. AP

"We will re-test all our players and hotel staff on Saturday and await the results and determine a course of action," he said.

He did not speculate on whether the three matches would be able to go ahead if there were further positive tests.

"This test has surprised us because we had confidence in the bio-secure environment,” said Dr Manjra.

He said the new infection had occurred since the players and staff went into what was regarded as a secure 'bubble' ahead of the series.

“There has been some kind of breach which we’ve investigated in great detail to try and determine where this happened, by speaking to the player and looking at security camera footage.”

Manjra admitted that the England camp had expressed concern that both squads were staying in the same hotel in Cape Town, near the Newlands ground.

"England is questioning the confidence they have in the bio-secure environment – and rightfully so. We respect that concern and have met with the England medical teams," he said.

Ashley Giles, managing director of England men’s cricket, said the health and safety of the England players and management was the number one priority.

"The England party will remain at is base in Cape Town on Friday and Saturday and we are hopeful that the three-match series will be played before we depart next Thursday," Giles said in a statement.

Dr Manjra dismissed what a team spokesperson said was a rumour that at least one South African player had left the hotel without authorisation.

"I can categorically state that no player would be able to leave the hotel environment," the doctor said. He said there was strict security, supervised by a police colonel: "It is impossible to leave except in an official vehicle with an official driver."

It was previously announced there had been two positive tests in the South African camp after they assembled on November 18. The infected players were placed in isolation at the team hotel and were said by team management to have recovered and to be available for the one-day series after missing a three-match Twenty20 series.

The tour by England is the South African team’s first experience of being in a bio-secure bubble but England, who flew to South Africa on a chartered flight, successfully hosted teams from West Indies, Pakistan and Australia this year without any players being infected.

According to a statement from the two controlling bodies, the South African player’s positive status emerged from tests conducted after his team’s final scheduled practice on Thursday.

Updated Date: December 04, 2020 22:27:07 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

China COVID-19: People intensify protest against stringent lockdowns as govt tries to tackle sharp rise in cases
World

China COVID-19: People intensify protest against stringent lockdowns as govt tries to tackle sharp rise in cases

Chinese social media and Twitter have many videos of public protests, including a mass demonstration in Shanghai where people in a rare display of anger shouted slogans against the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping

WATCH: Chinese citizens protest against Zero Covid policy, clash with police in Guangzhou
World

WATCH: Chinese citizens protest against Zero Covid policy, clash with police in Guangzhou

Even as China is ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has chosen to deal with the crisis with a series of stringent methods, including a rather harsh lockdown, as part of its Zero Covid policy

China reports first COVID-19 death in almost six months
World

China reports first COVID-19 death in almost six months

While China has an overall vaccination rate of more than 92 per cent having received at least one dose, that number is considerably lower among the elderly, particularly those over age 80