Australian star Talia McGrath is playing in the Commonwealth Games cricket final despite testing positive for Covid-19 hours before play began.
McGrath showed mild symptoms the morning before the game and returned a positive result after speaking with team officials in Australia.
The Australian Commonwealth Games team said comprehensive protocols have been put in place. McGrath was seen wearing a face mask, isolating himself from his other teammates as Australia batted in the first innings.
She had her mask off when she went to bat.
Her innings lasted only four balls, but she was dismissed for just two runs when Radha Yadav made a tearing catch.
Australia managed to reach 8/161 at the end of 20 overs while India trailed a total of 162.
Indian reports said the Indian team was only informed about McGrath’s positive test before the coin toss, delaying the start of play by more than 10 minutes.
It is also reported that when India was first informed, McGrath wanted to be relegated for the game.
McGrath was absent from the lineup as the team sang the national anthem. News Corp Australia report.
The Aussie Commonwealth Games team announced that the decision to allow McGrath to play was made following consultations with the ICC and Australian medical staff.
“Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) can confirm that cricketer Tahlia McGrath has tested positive for Covid-19,” the CGA statement read.
“CGA clinical staff consulted with the Commonwealth Games Federation’s RACEG (Results Analysis Clinical Expert Group) team and match officials, and McGrath is in today’s final against India.
“McGrath appeared to the team management on Sunday with mild symptoms and has since tested positive. did.
“In consultation with the CGF and ICC, CGA and Cricket Australia medical staff will be observed for in- and post-match activities to minimize the risk of contagion to all players and officials. Implemented a comprehensive set of protocols.
The CGA maintains a comprehensive Covid-19 risk mitigation strategy for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, with testing protocols that exceed those required by the 2022 Birmingham Organizing Committee. “
Indian sports commentators were outraged by the ruling allowing McGrath to play.
Bloomberg News reporter Akshat Rati described it as a “dereliction of duty.”
He posted on Twitter: dereliction of duty by the authorities.”
Other commentators said the ruling would open a Pandora’s box.
Commonwealth Games 2022: Final Update on Tahlia McGrath Covid Test, Australia vs India Cricket
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