Nepal captain Gyanendra Malla, along with vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee and batsman Rohit Paudel, have all tested positive for Covid-19. The positive results were announced by Cricket Association of Nepal ahead of the start of a national team training camp at Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kathmandu.
Malla, 30, took over as Nepal captain after Paras Khadka stepped down from the role in October 2019. In addition to the statement from CAN, Malla issued his own statement on Facebook.
Covid-19 Test prior to the national cricket team's close camp starting November 26, 2020.— CAN (@CricketNep) November 25, 2020
Following Players and staff have been tested positive
1. Captain - Gyanendra Malla
2. Vice-Captain - Dipendra Singh Airee
3. Player - Rohit Kumar Poudel
4. Staff - Pradeep Lama
"No symptoms have been experienced so far and I am absolutely fit," Malla said. "However, to control further transmission and for my self recovery, I have self-quarantined until next few days. I request everyone to take this worldwide pandemic seriously and follow the directions of health administrations."
The national team had not played any ODIs since February after hosting Cricket World Cup ODI League Two tri-series ODIs against Oman and USA. These were the last ODIs in Associate cricket to be completed before the shutdown of activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent @PeterDellaPenna