More bad news for Australia as their head coach Andrew McDonald fears more COVID-19 cases within the ICC T20 World Cup squad.
After their first game against New Zealand, Australia’s Adam Zampa and keeper Matthew Wade tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the ICC rules for this tournament, COVID-19-positive players can feature in the playing XI, given they experience mild symptoms.
McDonald confirmed that Zampa had more severe symptoms than Mathew Wade, who was all set to feature against England, despite being COVID-19 positive. However, the rain played a spoilsport, and the match got abandoned without a single ball bowled.
As per the latest developments, more players are feared to be tested positive for the virus, which could hamper Australia’s qualification chances.
McDonald did not reveal the name of the players but said, “There may be more positive cases on the way. However, each individual is affected differently by the virus.”
“Zampa had severe symptoms and had to miss out on the Sri Lanka game. Whereas Wade had fewer symptoms and was ready to play.”
McDonald concluded by mentioning that COVID-19 cases are a real possibility for all the teams.
Ireland’s George Dockrell was the other player to play despite being positive for the virus.