Two South Africa men's players test positive for Covid-19
CSA conducted tests on 50 players and support staff members
Two South Africa men's team players have tested positive for Covid-19, CSA said in a release on Thursday. CSA had conducted 50 tests on players and support staff overall. CSA did not disclose the names of the two players.
The tests were carried out before the men's team culture camp
comprising 32 players in Skukuza from August 18 to 22. The two players who tested positive will miss the camp as they have begun isolation protocol.
"The testing is in line with fulfilling the organisation's obligation and commitment to control the spread of the virus," the CSA statement said. "There were no replacements made for the two players who tested positive. All those unable to attend the camp will join the proceedings virtually."
Faf du Plessis was unable to attend the camp "due to the imminent birth" of his second child, and Theunis de Bruyn, who was to initially miss the camp due to family reasons, has now joined the team in Skukuza.
The culture camp was being held against the backdrop of increasing racial polarisation in South African cricket. The group was to have a workshop around the team's identity and environment and outline performance goals.
CSA had conducted similar tests before the training camp for South Africa women's team in July, when three members out of the squad and support staff had tested positive out of 34 tests overall.
The following players were to participate in the camp: Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Daryn Dupavillon, David Miller, Dean Elgar, Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde, Glenton Stuurman, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Kagiso Rabada, Keegan Petersen, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Verryenne, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Pieter Malan, Pite Van Biljon, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks, Rudi Second, Senuran Muthusamy, Sisanda Magala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Temba Bavuma, Zubayr Hamza.