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England vs South Africa ODI series cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak in teams’ hotel

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England vs South Africa ODI series cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak in teams’ hotel

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On Monday, England’s one day international series in South Africa was cancelled, when two members of England’s cricket squad tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Friday, when the series was scheduled to start, a member of the South African cricket team tested positive and the match was cancelled just an hour before its start time. This match was rescheduled for Sunday, but was also cancelled after that it was confirmed there were active coronavirus cases in the England camp as well.

The decision to call off the series was taken by both the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa. “The decision to call off the match was made to ensure the mental and physical health and welfare of players from both teams.”, they said in a joint statement. 

The South African cricket team and the management team of the Vineyard Hotel denied the claim that any staff member or cricket team member left the venue without authorization.

England’s ex-captain Michael Atherton said that : “I think that the players have lost confidence in the security of the arrangements and the protocols designed to keep the hotel virus-free. I’m sure they’ve become increasingly concerned.”.

Out of three planned One Day International matches England could play none. The teams have already played a three-game Twenty20 series, in which England won 3-0.

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