Cricket to go ahead amid COVID rumours

HOWZAT: Cricket games to go ahead this weekend. Photo: Pexels
HOWZAT: Cricket games to go ahead this weekend. Photo: Pexels

Local cricket is set to resume this weekend even with reports that some players in Pirie have tested positive to COVID.

The Recorder has heard that three players from one of the cricket clubs in the area have tested positive to the virus, along with rumours that other clubs have seen positive cases among their playing groups.

It is not known whether any of these players have attended club venues or trainings while infectious at this stage.

Port Pirie Cricket Association has said it is unaware of any positive cases and is currently planning to resume the season this Saturday after the Christmas break.

"We have been following SA Health and SACA guidelines and advice on COVID for the last two years and will continue to do so," PPCA said.

SACA country cricket officer for North West and Eyre Drew McDonald said there are no plans to call off local cricket games provided clubs and players continue to follow restrictions.

"SACA is reflecting SA Health guidelines ensuring players and spectators are using QR codes to check in at venues for contact tracing, wearing face masks whenever indoors, adhering to social distancing practices, using sanitiser, not sharing equipment, no contact or high fives when celebrating wickets, and making sure players stay home if feeling unwell," he said.

"It is up to the government, state sporting bodies, and / or the individual club or association to make the call on cancelling sport and trainings."

Softball games will also look to start again this weekend.

According to the SA Health Heatmap, there are currently 56 active cases in the Pirie region.