Paarl: The first ODI between South Africa and England has once again been canceled at a short notice after two staff members in a bio-secure environment tested positive for COVID-19.
The England players and management also underwent an additional round of PCR tests on Saturday evening as a precautionary measure.
Following the test results, two members of the England touring party have returned unconfirmed positive tests for COVID-19. The players and management are now self-isolating in their rooms until further advice from the medical teams.
The medical advice from both CSA and ECB is that the match can not take place. A decision on the remaining matches in the series will be taken once the results of the tests are ratified independently by medical experts.
The three-match series was due to start in Cape Town on Friday but was postponed after a South Africa player tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier, it was announced that Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to delay the start time of today’s ODI.
Note, England whitewashed South Africa in the three-match T20I series earlier this week.