Match referee Phil Whitekes, officiating in the three-match T20 International series between England and Sri Lanka, has tested positive for COVID-19. As soon as the reports came, 56-year-old Phil has been isolated for 10 days. He is in isolation. This was confirmed by the England Cricket Board.
However, there is no threat to the first match between the two teams at Chester-le-Street on 29 June. “Match officials and seven other members of the Anti-Corruption Unit teams were considered close contacts, including five members,” the ECB said in a statement.
Emirates Riverside will officiate in the first ODI in Durham on 29 June. Affected people will have to be quarantined for 10 days till July 7. None of the members of both teams were affected.
England defeated Sri Lanka to win the one-sided T20 International series 3-0. After the three-match ODI series, England will play three ODIs and three T20Is against Pakistan.
The English team also has to play a 5-match test series against the Indian cricket team. Let us tell you that India lost to New Zealand in the WTC final. The Kiwi team has returned, but the Indian cricketers have stayed for the Test series.