Ireland A support staff tests positive for Covid-19, prompts two-hour delay


However, test results of the suspected person and close contacts returned negative on Tuesday morning

The third unofficial ODI between Bangladesh Emerging Team and Ireland A was pushed back by two hours, from a 9 AM start to 11 AM, after a local support staff attached to the visitors had tested positive for Covid-19. Floodlights will be used to account for the two-hour delay in the 50-over game.

According to the BCB, the support stuff had tested positive on Monday, after which further tests were conducted on the suspected person and close contacts. However, the test results of all those individuals returned negative on Tuesday morning. Both teams had agreed to delay the match based on the results of those tests.

This was the second such case in this series, after Ruhan Pretorius had tested positive during the first match, held on Friday, compelling Ireland A to abandon the game in the first innings.

The two teams had then agreed to play the second match, on Sunday, only after all the players, including Pretorius – who was seen sitting outside wearing a PPE suit – tested negative.

Before this series, the BCB had held two domestic tournaments and also hosted the West Indies men’s team successfully without any positive cases, in the last six months.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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