The Hundred ball tournament suffers another major setback as London Spirit’s Head Coach Shane Warne has tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday Morning. According to the reports, Shane Warne is in isolation.
A few days back, Trent Rockets Head Coach Andy Flower has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the reports by ESPNcricinfo, Shane Warne was feeling unwell ahead of the London Spirit’s match against Southern Brave. When a lateral flow of test was done, he returned with positive results. Another member of the London Spirit Squad has also tested positive for COVID-19. However, the upcoming match is on schedule as the other members of the squad have tested negative for COVID-19.
The Northamptonshire head coach and London Spirit’s assistant coach, David Ripley will perform Shane Warne’s duties for the time being. This isn’t the first time that ECB is facing problems. With no restrictions on large gatherings & no COVID-19 rules, there has been a sudden spike in the COVID-19 cases in the UK.
Last week, Head Coach of Trent Rockets, Andy Flower has also tested positive for COVID-19 & was sent into isolation. Trent’s close contacts, including Steven Mullaney, were also kept in isolation. Earlier in July, the entire England squad was sent into quarantine after seven COVID-19 cases were reported in the squad following their last match against Sri Lanka. As a result, ECB fielded a second-string team against Pakistan in the T20Is with injured Ben Stokes leading the team.
While in Sri Lanka, two members of the Sri Lankan touring contingent, Andy Flower’s brother Grant Flower and a performance analyst tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the entire Sri Lankan squad was forced to undergo seven days of isolation & resulted in the postponement of their limited-overs series against India by five days. Even team India’s Krunal Pandya had tested positive for COVID-19 & was in isolation. Even eight players of the Indian team were kept in isolation as they were identified as close contacts of Krunal Pandya. In the absence of key players, a second-string of the Indian team was fielded against Sri Lanka in the last two T20Is of the series. However, the second-string Indian team couldn’t do wonders on-field & lost the T20I series against Sri Lanka by a 2-1 score.