Six Sri Lanka women cricketers test positive for COVID-19 in Zimbabwe

Six Sri Lanka women cricketers test positive for COVID-19 in Zimbabwe

It is yet known if those players have tested positive for the new COVID-19 variant.

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Sri Lanka women. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In the latest turn of events, six Sri Lanka women cricketers who went to take part in World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe have returned positive results for COVID-19. The SLC informed about the positive result of women cricketers and it is still not known whether they have tested positive for the new variant (omicron) creating fear in South Africa. In the same light of events, ICC has completely canceled the women’s WC Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

ICC took the big decision after the last game between Sri Lanka and West Indies when a member from Lankan support staff tested positive for COVID-19. The detection of the omicron variant in SA has created a lot of fear across the world and various nations have been restricting travel to and from the SA regions.

“Step will be taken to bring back the Sri Lanka women’s team from Zimbabwe,” the SLC added as quoted by the TOI.

As soon as the Qualifiers were called off, ICC stated that Bangladesh, Pakistan, and West Indies will move to next year’s WC to be held in New Zealand owing to their ICC rankings. The three nations will join New Zealand, Australia, England, India, and South Africa.

India tour of SA in trouble amid the emergence of new COVID-19 variant

It has to be noted that due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant in SA, India’s tour to the rainbow nation has come under a little trouble. BCCI will now need special permission from the government of India before making their travel plans final. It remains to be seen how things will pan out in the coming days as India’s first Test against SA is scheduled for the 17th of December and they are set to leave for the venue nation on 7-8 December, as of now.

“We are in constant touch with Cricket South Africa, while continuously monitoring the situation over there. The Health and safety of the cricketers are paramount and we will act accordingly. Health Ministry’s directive is supreme. If we get any advisory in this regard, we will certainly follow that,” said BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal.