Bangaldesh Emerging Team’s Match vs Ireland A Called off After Ruhan Pretorius Tests Positive for Covid-19

Bangaldesh Emerging Team's Match vs Ireland A Called off After Ruhan Pretorius Tests Positive for Covid-19

While live sport has resumed around the world there remains a note of caution when planning such events due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is still an ongoing issue. Fans are slowly being welcomed back into grounds at certain countries but in many cases the events are being held behind closed doors with athletes being asked to live in bio-secure bubbles to prevent the spread of the virus. Yet the reality of the situation is such that even after taking all precautions, people can still contract the virus and thus the events will be either called off or postponed.

The former is exactly what happened during a one-day cricket match between Bangladesh’s Emerging Team and Ireland A when Ireland’s Ruhan Pretorius tested positive for the virus.

To make matters worse, his Test results did not come in until after the game had already started – meaning around 30 overs of the match were played before it was called off when details of the matter became known.

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Pretorius had even bowled four overs but once he got to know about his result, left the field after the second drinks break. Ireland had first thought of using a replacement player but the match was called off instead.

“We follow the protocol of taking the individual into isolation as soon as he is found positive,” BCB’s chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

“The report (for Pretorius) arrived slightly later in the morning, which left us with no choice. Our next step is to test everyone before the next game.”

Ireland A have already played their one-off four-day game on the tour and this was the first of the five-match one-day series against Bangladesh Emerging Team, with the next matches set to take place on March 7, 9, 12 and 14.

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The two sides are also scheduled to play two T20s on March 17 and 18.

This incident comes just a day after the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) had been postponed due to a significant increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases.

“Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 with immediate effect. The decision was made after seven cases were reported in the competition, which had started on 20 February,” said a release from the Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday.


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