Uncapped Ireland wicketkeeper Neil Rock has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been replaced by another uncapped player in Stephen Doheny in the T20 International (T20I) squad for the series against South Africa. Rock was not named in the squad for the One-Day International (ODI) series against the Proteas, which is set to begin on July 11.
Rock has been isolated from the rest of the squad and is currently awaiting a follow-up Covid test in his hotel. Doheny, on the other hand, will undergo a Covid test and if it turns out to be negative, he will join the squad after that.
The three-match T20I series is however set to be played from July 20 at The Village, Dublin.
Mark Rausa, Head of Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Medical Services for Cricket Ireland, said, “Due to our biosecurity measures and contact tracing, we are satisfied that we do not have any genuine close contact cases and this should therefore have minimal impact on the squad."
"However, out of an abundance of caution due to the proximity of the series start, we will test one player and one staff member who had confirmed they spent a short amount of time with Neil with correct COViD safe precautions in place. We expect them to test negative and re-join the squad tomorrow,” he added.