The ECB was forced to abandon the Derbyshire vs Essex County Championship match after a player of the Derbyshire team have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the entire Derbyshire squad was forced to quarantine.
The Derby vs Essex match was abandoned after the first day’s play. “The decision was made after it was confirmed this morning that an unnamed member of the Derbyshire playing squad tested positive for Covid-19 and has begun to self-isolate. Further members of the Derbyshire squad have been identified as close contacts. Due to the isolation protocols and impact on Derbyshire’s available playing squad the umpires have abandoned the match,” the ECB said in a statement.
“The LV= Insurance County Championship match between Derbyshire and Essex at Derby has been abandoned ahead of the second day’s play,” the statement added. The player who tested positive for COVID-19 from Derbyshire is now self-isolating. His teammates are in self-isolation after being deemed close contacts. With not enough players left to field a new team, the umpires took the decision to abandon the game.
This is not the first time that Cricket in England has been impacted. Currently, the entire first squad of England is in quarantine after three players & four members of the support staff tested positive for COVID-19. Australian batsman Peter Handscomb who is playing for Middlesex has also been infected by COVID-19.
“The ECB has worked closely with Public Health England and both Derbyshire and Essex County Cricket Clubs with the health and safety of players, staff and officials the first priority,” the ECB statement said.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led Indian test team is currently on a break & will enter BCCI’s bio-bubble on July 14 in Durham. The Player’s testing positive for COVID-19 also raises concerns for India vs England five-match test series. Furthermore, Ravichandran Ashwin is also playing County Cricket in Surrey. Team India will lock horns with England in a five-match test series starting from August 4 at Trent Bridge.