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English county match abandoned after player tests positive for COVID-19

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
September 07, 2020 12:36 IST
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IMAGE: English county side Surrey's players take to the field to open during day one of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Sussex at The Kia Oval in London, on Sunday. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Surrey CCC

The four-day cricket match between English county sides Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire on Sunday was abandoned on the opening day after a player tested positive for COVID-19.

The Bob Willis Trophy match in Bristol was called off after an unnamed Northamptonshire player returned positive for the deadly virus.

 

Even though the player was not part of Northamptonshire's current squad in Bristol as he was self-isolating at home while awaiting his test result, some members of the team were in contact with him 48 hours before he started showing COVID symptoms.

"In the interests of player welfare, it has been agreed between Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that the Bob Willis Trophy match, currently being played at the Bristol County Ground, has been abandoned," Northamptonshire said in a statement on its website.

"Just before lunch of the first session of play, it came to light that a member of the Northamptonshire playing squad has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the ECB are unified in the belief that player welfare is paramount and that no risks should be taken with the health and safety of the players, officials and administrators involved in this match," it added.

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