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COVID-19 at England’s “The Hundred” Cricket League

Head Coach of the London Spirit’s team at The Hundred, Shane Warne Tests COVID Positive      

London [UK]: Four years ago, the England Cricket Board took the initiative of strengthening their White Ball Cricket in a bid to win the world cup. Not only did the team succeed in doing so, the ECB is currently organizing its unique white ball league by the name of The Hundred. However, as the tournament was making headlines in the Cricket circles of the world for all the right reasons, the pandemic has decided to play spoilsport. In what is the second case of the virus at the tournament, the Head Coach of the London Spirit’s team and the legendary Leg Spinner Shane Warne, along with an unnamed member of the team management, have been forced to self-isolate in wake of their COVID tests returning positive.

The report on ESPNCricinfo claims that Warne felt unwell on Sunday morning, right before their game against the Southern Brave at Lords. The lateral flow test of the former Aussie great and one more member of the team has returned positive and they have been forced to self-isolate as they await results of their PCR tests. The report also claims that as of now, none of the London Spirit players have been affected by the virus. The Hundred

Before Warne and the unnamed guy, it was the head coach of Trent Rockets and the legendary Zimbabwean batsman Andy Flower who returned a positive test and was forced to miss his side’s games.

Notably, Cricket world-over has borne the brunt of the virus with England being forced to name a whole new squad against Pakistan in wake of majority of the initial squad returning positive tests. This was followed with Indian wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant returning a COVID positive test during the 20-day break after the WTC final, as team Indian gears up to face England for a test series.

The second Indian team touring Sri Lanka has also been affected by the virus. After India won the opening T20 international against Sri Lanka, the Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested COVID positive, forcing all his close aides to withdraw from the series and isolate. This forced India to go with a heavily inexperienced team and resulted in a series loss to the number 9 ranked Sri Lankan team. The Hundred

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Farzan Bashir

Farzan Bashir is a postgraduate in Law from Kashmir. Though he is qualified for the legal field, it is writing where he finds solace. Currently, you can find him scribbling for Digpu News Network.

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