Derbyshire versus Essex game of the County Championship at Derby was forced to be cancelled after a member of the club tested positive for COVID-19.
The unnamed COVID-19 contracted player has been directed to self-isolate following the results of his test. Furthermore, the entire squad to face Essex and those involved in Friday’s Blast fixture against Durham found to be in close contact with the player have also been told to undergo isolation. Consequently, the match had to be abandoned.
“The ECB has worked closely with Public Health England and both Derbyshire and Essex County Cricket Clubs with the health and safety of players, staff and officials the first priority,” an ECB statement said. “Confirmation on the awarding of points from the match will be announced in due course.”
England has been hit by another wave of COVID-19 in the wake of which several cricketers playing in England have tested positive for COVID-19. A surge in the number of contracted players has been witnessed, especially in the County Championship. Middlesex captain Peter Handscomb has also tested positive for the virus. Kent also confirmed the same for one of their players.
“As a club, we have operated a robust testing regime among all staff throughout the return to cricket and have clear safety regulations in place for supporters,” Derbyshire’s chief executive, Ryan Duckett, said.
“This isolated incident highlights the fact that sport is not exempt from the pandemic, and I’d like to thank the club’s medical and venue staff, as well as Public Health Derby and the ECB for their immediate response in safely handling the matter.
“It is of course a great disappointment to see the abandonment of a fixture, but the safety of all players, staff and supporters must always come first and the club is grateful for the understanding of supporters.”
Meanwhile, Derbyshire is languishing at the bottom of Group One of the Championship. On the other hand, defending champions Essex has high chances of making it into the top two to qualify for Division One in the next stage of the competition.