Sheffield Shield: Match between Victoria and New South Wales postponed as Will Sutherland tests COVID-19 positive

Sheffield Shield: Match between Victoria and New South Wales postponed as Will Sutherland tests COVID-19 positive

The update of Sutherland testing positive for COVID-19 came just 1 hour before the toss.

Will Sutherland
Will Sutherland. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Ever since the cricketing action has resumed post-COVID-19, there have been numerous incidents where fixtures have got canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 cases in the camp. In the latest turn of events, a Sheffield Shield match which was to be played between New South Wales and Victoria got postponed as Will Sutherland tested positive for the virus.

The game was all set to see the light of the day at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday (November 19) morning. However, the result of all-rounder testing positive for the COVID-19 came just one hour before the toss.

Right after the case popped up, Cricket Australia issued a statement regarding a positive COVID-19 case in the Victorian camp. The same side is under complete isolation and further investigation in the matter is up where CA will provide further updates soon.

The Sheffield Shield fixture was set to be played at the SCG

“The Marsh Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Victoria at the Sydney Cricket Ground, scheduled to begin today, has been postponed due to a possible COVID-19 case in the Victorian side,” Cricket Australia said in a statement 30 minutes prior to the toss.

“In the course of routine COVID-19 testing, Will Sutherland has returned a test result which requires further analysis. The Victorian team is currently self-isolating while this analysis and investigation take place. Cricket Australia will provide further updates in due course,” the statement added.

It was not for the first time that COVID-19 cases affected the proposed fixtures. It was only a day back when the Sri Lanka fielding coach tested positive ahead of the team’s two-match Test series against West Indies. As his case returned positive, the coaching lot of SL has undergone isolation but it was confirmed soon that entire SL squad and staff are fully vaccinated and the Test fixtures won’t be affected.

Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir also recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has pulled out of the fresh edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League which is all set to kick off on November 19.