Monday, Aug 08, 2022

Lungi Ngidi, South Africa Pacer, Tests Positive For Covid-19 Ahead Of ODI Series Vs Netherlands

Cricket South Africa has announced pacer Junior Dala will replace Lungi Ngidi for the ODI series against the Netherlands starting in Centurion on Friday.

Lungi Ngidi was included in South Africa's T20 World Cup 2021 squad but did not play a game. File photo

South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the three-match home ODI series against Netherlands beginning at Centurion on Friday, the country’s cricket board said on Wednesday. (More Cricket News)

Pacer Junior Dala has been called up as Ngidi’s replacement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement.

“Lungi Ngidi has also been forced to withdraw from the tour after testing positive for COVID-19. He is well and in good spirits and abiding by CSA's COVID-19 protocols, in line with government regulations,” the CSA said.

“The Proteas medical team will keep in contact with him to ensure his physical and mental well-being. Junior Dala has been called up to replace him.”

The 25-year-old Ngidi has not played for South Africa since the Ireland series in July. He missed the Sri Lanka tour that followed in September for personal reasons, and was included in the T20 World Cup squad but did not play a game.

In other team news, seam bowler Lizaad Williams has also been ruled out of the series due to a intercostal muscle strain. “He (Williams) is undergoing treatment and will continue to be assessed. No replacement has been named.”

Four members of the management team have been rested following back-to-back tours, including the recently concluded T20 World Cup and living in bio-secure environments. 


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