The Cricket South Africa announced on Sunday that the entire South Africa squad has tested negative for COVID-19 ahead of the two-match test series against Sri-Lanka.
The CSA said that COVID-19 tests were conducted on Saturday on South African Players upon their entry into the Bio-Secure Environment. “Cricket South Africa (CSA) is pleased to report that the entire Proteas team has returned negative results from the COVID-19 tests that were conducted upon their entry into the Bio-Secure Environment yesterday ahead of the two-match Test Series against Sri Lanka starting on Saturday, 26 December,” the CSA said in a statement.
On Friday, the CSA announced that two members of the South African squad have tested positive for COVID-19 after their scheduled first round of testing ahead of the squad’s entry into the bio-secure bubble. The CSA said that these tests form a part of the CSA COVID-19 Protocol for the tour & was conducted on Wednesday & Thursday.
“The players will no longer form part of the Test team and will observe the COVID-19 protocols, including isolating with immediate effect. CSA”s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being. CSA can also confirm that no other players in the currently named squad were deemed close contacts after contact tracing procedures were conducted,” the CSA had said.
The CSA on Friday included three more players to the South African Squad ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka. Former South Africa under-19 captain Raynard van Tonder, Lutho Sipamla and Dwaine Pretorius were added to the team. The two match test series between South Africa & Sri Lanka will start on December 26.