Cricket Canada Expresses Concern Following Receipt Of ICC Report On Canadian U19 World Cup Players’ Positive COVID Tests!


The International Council (ICC) has reported that two Plate competition matches at the ICC Under 19 Men’s Cricket World Cup have been cancelled after nine Canadian players tested positive for COVID-19. The players will now undertake a period of isolation where their welfare will be monitored by the event’s medical team.

Having received the ICC’s Report Cricket Canada’s President Rashpal Bajwa immediately expressed his concern, and that of the Executive Board, for the health and well-being of the affected players. 

“We have been in direct contact with the Team Manager, and have been fully assured that the affected players are all asymptomatic. They are all now isolating at the hotel in full compliance with the ICC’s established protocols. They will receive full support from the event medical team under the guidance of the ICC”s Bio-Safety Advisory Group.

The positive COVID tests for nine of its members has now left the Canadian ICC 2022 World Cup team with an insufficient number of available players to be able to take any further part in the event. As a result, Canada’s scheduled January 29 plate play-off semi- final against Scotland has been cancelled. 

In accordance with the playing conditions, Scotland will progress to the 13th/14th play-off as a result of having a better net-run-rate than Canada from all matches played in the event. The 15th/16th play-off that would have featured Canada against either Uganda or PNG will also not take place.

Having completed its 2022 ICCU19 World Cup Group A St Kitts- based Preliminary Round matches with a 0 wins 3 losses record, the Canadian 15 member squad had moved on to Trinidad to participate in the tournament’s Plate Playoffs. Canada lost its first Plate Playoff match to Ireland and was scheduled to meet Scotland in its second. 

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January 19, 2019