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IND vs SA: Aiden Markram ruled out of the remaining matches of the T20I series

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IND vs SA, 2nd T20I, Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the series after he tested positive for Covid-19 before the start of the five-match series.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Markram tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the series
  • CSA will also take a decision on Quinton de Kock’s availability
  • South Africa are leading the five-match series 2-1

Right-handed batter Aiden Markram, on Wednesday, June 15, was ruled out of the remainder of South Africa’s five-match T20I against India. Earlier, the Young Turk missed the first three games of the series after testing positive for COVID-19 before the opening match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

The top-order batter, previously tested positive after the first couple of practice sessions, and will now have to make a comeback in the series while completing his isolation period.

“Proteas batsman, Aiden Markram, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Proteas’ tour of India. He spent seven days in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 last week and will not be able to complete his return to play programme in time to take part in the remainder of the T20 series,” a Cricket South Africa statement was quoted as saying.

“The player is healthy and well and has been cleared to return home to look after his mental and emotional wellbeing after isolation in a local facility, as required when an individual tests positive on tour,” the statement added.

The statement also mentioned that a decision on wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock’s availability for the remaining two games will also be made by CSA’s medical team.

“Wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has made a marked improvement in his recovery from a wrist injury. The Proteas’ medical staff will continue to assess his progress and make a decision on his availability for match four in due course,” it read.

South Africa are currently leading the five-match series 2-1 after losing the third game by 48 runs in Vizag. The fourth T20I is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

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