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Domingo and Langeveldt test positive for Covid-19, miss Gqeberha Test

Langeveldt, the South Africa bowling coach, was involved in a car accident, along with team security manager Zunaid Wadee, but both are understood to be well

Firdose Moonda
Firdose Moonda
10-Apr-2022
Russell Domingo has been in regular touch with the Bangladesh team from his home  •  Gareth Copley-ICC/Getty Images

Russell Domingo has been in regular touch with the Bangladesh team from his home  •  Gareth Copley-ICC/Getty Images

Russell Domingo, Bangladesh's head coach, and Charl Langeveldt, South Africa's bowling coach, are both missing the ongoing Gqeberha Test after returning positive Covid-19 results*.
A team source confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Domingo, who tested positive on Thursday, has been resting at home in Gqeberha and is in good spirits, and has also been in regular contact with the team during the match. "He is feeling better now and only has mild symptoms," a BCB statement said.
As for Langeveldt, he tested positive before the start of the Test and, in keeping with pandemic protocols, was released from the tour group to self-isolate. Langeveldt opted to drive to his home in Cape Town and was accompanied by security manager Zunaid Wadee, who had also tested for positive for Covid-19. The pair was involved in a car accident, but CSA has said that the two are safe and well.
"The team's medical personnel immediately instated the standing protocol that was agreed between the Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) before the start of the tour," CSA said in a statement. "The pair, who are mildly symptomatic, opted to drive home and to quarantine from there.
"They were unfortunately involved in a car accident a short distance from reaching their final destination. They are both safe, well and at their respective homes with their families."
As a result of the "soft bubble" conditions under which this series is being played, and changes to the close-contact rules in South Africa, there was no need for anyone who was in contact with Langeveldt or Wadee to isolate.
This is the second time Langeveldt has been absent from national duties because of Covid-19. He missed last year's white-ball tour to Sri Lanka after testing positive within the then-required 21-day period that the Sri Lankan government required visitors to have been Covid-free for before entering the country.
* The news article was updated after confirmation that Russell Domingo has Covid-19.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent