Gloucestershire-Northamptonshire match abandoned after player tests positive for COVID-19
The match was called off before the lunch break on Sunday
The ongoing Bob Willis Trophy match between Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire at the Bristol County Ground has been abandoned after one of the non-traveling members of Northamptonshire, who came in contact with the playing squad, was found positive of COVID-19.
The match was called off before the lunch break on Sunday (September 6) morning.
"Just before lunch of the first session of play, it came to light that a member of the Northamptonshire playing squad has tested positive for COVID-19," The Northamptonshire County Cricket Club wrote in a statement.
"Although the player was not part of the group that travelled with the squad to Bristol (and has been self-isolating at home), further members of the Northamptonshire squad have been in contact with the player within 48 hours of the player developing COVID-19 symptoms."
Following the abandoned match, the Northamptonshire squad will return home to on Sunday itself.
"Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the ECB are unified in the belief that player welfare is paramount and that no risks should be taken with the health and safety of the players, officials and administrators involved in this match," the statement further added.
As per the guidelines for English domestic cricket, players and other squad members who were in England were not needed to quarantine in inter-city travel and only follow a series of other safety protocols.
On the cricketing front, in less than 30 overs of play, Gloucestershire had managed 66 for 6 after they were put into bat. The abandoned game will have no impact on the two teams as both were out of contention for a spot in the final of the Bob Willis Trophy.
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