Ireland A vs Bangladesh Emerging XI game called off after player tests positive

The 50 over between Ireland A team  and  Bangladesh Emerging team   abandoned after 30 overs of action in Chattogram,  Bangladesh  on Friday when a positive Covid-19 test report came in for Irish  all rounder Ruham Pretorius . The 30-year-old Pretorius had been tested on Thursday.

A Cricket Ireland statement says, “Prior to today’s game, both squads received negative results for Covid, and the game proceeded as per protocols. However, a review of results by mid-morning by the local laboratory detected one positive test in the Ireland Wolves (A) squad.

“Play was suspended and the player was immediately isolated ahead of a further test today”

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that there was no option but to call off the match because of the timing of the test report reaching the relevant people, and confirmed that the other members of the two sides would be tested again before the next one-dayer, scheduled for Sunday.

“We follow the protocol of taking the individual into isolation as soon as he is found positive,” Chowdhury said. “The report [for Pretorius arrived slightly later in the morning, which left us with no choice. Our next step is to test everyone before the next game.”

Ireland A have already played their only four-day game of the tour, and this was the first of the five-match one-day series against Bangladesh Emerging Team, with the next matches slotted for March 7, 9, 12 and 14. The two sides are also scheduled to play two T20s on March 17 and 18.

According to Cricket Ireland, the players had tested negative before the game but upon further review of the results, it was found that one player had tested positive. The rest of the players will undergo another round of testing before the next course of action is determined.

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