Kane Richardson misses Sydney ODI: The Australia pacer has been quarantined after he showed symptoms of coronavirus.
During the first ODI of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Sydney, Australia reached the venue with a player less in pacer Kane Richardson.
The 29-year old right-arm bowler has been quarantined after complaining of a mild throat since returning from the tour of South Africa.
Given the threat regarding a “pandemic” in coronavirus, Richardson has been tested for the same. While the reports of the tests are yet to arrive, there are strong chances of Richardson joining the side for the remaining two ODIs if he tests negative for coronavirus.
Kane Richardson misses Sydney ODI due to coronavirus symptons
“Our medical staff are treating this as a typical throat infection but we are following Australian Government protocols that require us to keep Kane away from other members of the squad and perform the appropriate tests given he has returned from international travel in the last 14 days.
“Once we receive the results of the tests and Kane recovers in the next few days we expect he will re-join the team. We will not be making further comment until something changes,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.
Apart from playing for Australia in white-ball formats, Richardson is also slated to represent Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
Coronavirus in cricket
The outbreak of coronavirus, which has had a significant impact on events across the globe, has affected cricket in more ways than one.
Coming on the back of a victorious Women’s T20 World Cup campaign, Australia were scheduled to tour South Africa for a limited-overs series. Before putting out information regarding Richardson, Cricket Australia announced that the women’s tour stands postponed.
Talking about the ongoing Sydney ODI between Australia and New Zealand, it is being played in an empty stadium.
The #RoadSafetyWorldSeries has been postponed due to #COVID19 but had fun playing in front the full house.Thanks to my team mates and the fans for all the support. Absolutely loved playing again. #cricket pic.twitter.com/pT3TjatE36
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 12, 2020
As far as coronavirus’ ramifications in the sub-continent are concerned, the cash-rich IPL 2020 is also expected to be played behind closed doors. Similarly, South Africa’s tour of India will also be played in empty stadiums in Lucknow and Kolkata.