T20 World Cup 2022: Players testing Covid-19 positive will be allowed to play

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that there will be no mandatory testing and no isolation period required.

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In a big relief to all the teams participating in the T20 World Cup, the players who test Covid-19 positive will be allowed to participate in matches. As the T20 World Cup warmup games are starting, the Australian Federal Government’s mandatory isolation required for Covid-19 positive patients has ended.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that there will be no mandatory testing and no isolation period required if any player is tested Covid-19 positive. It will be the team's doctors' decision to asses if players should be allowed to play if they are found Covid-19 positive. 

It must be noted that Australia's women's cricketer Tahlia McGrath was allowed to participate in the Commonwealth Games gold medal match against India Women even after testing positive for the virus. The all-rounder wore a mask in the pavilion and isolated herself from her teammates during the game. 

Australia's ace pacer Pat Cummins welcomed the new rule 

Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins, who is expected to play a crucial role in defending champions' fixtures, welcomed the new rule. “It’s a totally different dynamic. The team went out for dinner last night and we actually were chatting about it, this is the first time we’ve done this for about three years," Cummins told cricket.com.au. 

“It’s great fun. It’s one of the main things we all love about playing for your country – you get to go and see new places and experience different things,” he added. 

The home team will take on India in its warm-up game slated to be played in Brisbane on October 17. The Aussie side recently lost a T20I series against England, but they will back themselves to have a good outing in the marquee tournament. Meanwhile, Australia's skipper Aaron Finch has said that David Warner might not participate in the upcoming warm-up game.

"I think he (Warner) will definitely be right for New Zealand, but I am not sure about the warm-up game against India. He was ok the day after he hit his head and then the following day his neck got really sore and stiff," Finch told in a press conference in Melbourne.  

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