Remaining quintet left for SA

Sports Correspondent

14 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The remaining five members of South Africa Emerging women’s team on Tuesday left Dhaka for their country after they tested corona negative on the same day.

 “Those five members who tested positive on Monday, all reported negative today (Tuesday). They left on a flight at 06:30pm for their country,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s women’s wing chairman Nadel Chowdhury told The Daily Sun.

Team manager Matshipi Marcia Letsoalo and players Sinalo Jafta, Leah Jones, Nobulumko Baneti and Robyn Searle were earlier reported left behind after they tested positive for coronavirus.

Seventeen other members of the South Africa Emerging women’s team earlier left Bangladesh late Monday.

The team's fifth match against their Bangladeshi counterpart was due to start on Tuesday in Sylhet but they cut short the tour after Bangladesh imposed a ban on international flights over a surge in new cases there.

The government also has ordered an eight-day closure of all offices and transport from today.

Cricket South Africa expressed their pleasure after all their 22 members of South Africa Emerging women’s side coming Covid-19 negative and all the players and officials are in the process of returning to South Africa.

“It is a great relief for all of us, not least of all the players, their colleagues and their families, that all our players and officials are now clear to return home,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki.

CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith commented: “I would like to thank the Bangladesh Cricket Board for everything they have done to keep our players and officials safe. When the possibility of positive test results emerged, they went out of their way to make sure everybody had the best assistance possible including having medical personnel resident at their hotel.”