Two players from the Northern Superchargers squad tested positive for COVID-19, media reports said on Monday. The two unnamed players tested positive in lateral flow tests and are now waiting for the results of the PCR tests.
No other player has been affected so far. Development comes ahead of the Northern Superchargers clash with Manchester Originals, which is scheduled for Thursday. The Superchargers will also play against Birmingham Phoenix on August 17th, which will be their final league game in The Hundred.
A Superchargers spokesman said Nativity play:
“The NSC men’s team had two players tested positive with lateral flow tests and we are waiting for the PCR results. No other players are affected at this point.”
In a speech on BBC Radio 5, Northern Superchargers captain Lauren Winfield-Hill stated that female players participating in The Hundred are tested every day. She said:
“We have to collect our lateral flow result by 9:30 a.m. every morning, so it’s a rigid process. You cannot show up for training if you have not completed it by 9:30 a.m. This is the way the world goes at the moment. I don’t enjoy it, but it has become the norm. “
Trent Rockets’ head coach Andy Flower had previously also tested positive for COVID and had to isolate himself along with Steven Mullaney and another support agent. Shane Warne, trainer for the London Spirit men, also returned a few days ago with a positive test.
With the mental health of cricketers in mind, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has removed strict bio-bubbles for players. However, the participants were asked to reduce social contacts for safety reasons.
The Northern Superchargers are in 6th place in the men’s category
The Northern Supercharger are currently in 6th place on the points table. They have played six games, of which they won two and lost three, with one game with no results.
In their previous encounter, the Northern Superchargers went to Southern Brave for five wickets. Hitting first, they scored a disappointing 128 for 6 on the board. Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 72 of 45 balls led the Southern Brave to an easy win.
The Trent Rockets lead the men’s competition in The Hundred with four wins and two losses from six games. The Oval Invincibles and Southern Brave complete the top three with three wins, two losses and one each with no result from six games.