South African cricketers. (File Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG: Led by Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s 44 cricketers, who are part of a men’s high performance squad, have returned to training amid the Covid-19 pandemic after getting approval from the country’s sports ministry.
Cricketing activities in South Africa have been suspended since March 15, when the domestic one-day event was in progression.
Around the same time, the men’s national team was touring India for a three-match ODI series, which had to be postponed after the rained off opener due to the pandemic.
According to Cricket South Africa, the players will train in small monitored groups with identified coaches from their nearest franchise teams.
The sessions will be in accordance with the guidelines set out by the CSA Covid-19 steering committee and approved by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD).
“We engaged with the NICD who were comfortable with our protocols and responses to their queries for further details in some respects,” CSA Chief Medical Officer, Shuaib Manjra said.
“Our prevention programme, besides the regular testing of players and support staff, is predicated on personal hygiene measures and creating a sanitised ecosystem.
“Covid-19 compliance managers at each venue have assumed responsibility to ensure all the elements of the protocol are implemented,” he added.
Plans for the commencement of training for the women’s High Performance training squad are still being deliberated upon.
The training sessions will be closed to the media until CSA makes provision for a media opportunity. This includes photographers.
Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Junior Dala, Theunis de Bruyn, Rassie van der Dussen, Shaun von Berg, Dwaine Pretorius, Henrich Klaasen, Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Wiaan Mulder, Bjorn Fortuin, Andile Phehlukwayo, David Miller, Sarel Erwee, Khaya Zondo, Daryn Dupavillon, Keshav Maharaj, Senuran Muthusamy, Keagan Petersen, Imran Tahir, Lutho Sipamla, Edward Moore, Anrich Nortje, Sisanda Magala, Glenton Stuurman, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rudi Second, Pite van Biljon, Raynaard van Tonder, Gerald Coetzee, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Janneman Malan, Faf du Plessis, Tony de Zorzi, Beuran Hendricks, Nandre Burger, George Linde and Kyle Verreynne.