England-Sri Lanka ODI series to go ahead despite referee's COVID case

Match referee Phil Whitticase served for the three-match T20 series between the sides, but was found to be carrying the virus during a test completed on Friday.

Match referee Whitticase (center) and seven individuals from the officiating and anti-corruption teams have been instructed to self-isolate for 10 days.   -  GETTY IMAGES

England's one-day international against Sri Lanka on Tuesday will go ahead as planned despite a Covid-19 alert caused by a positive test for match referee Phil Whitticase.

Whitticase served for the three-match T20 series between the sides, which concluded on Saturday, but was found to be carrying the virus during a PCR test completed on Friday.

No players or backroom staff have been identified as close contacts and all are free to contest Tuesday's match in Durham as planned.

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However, Whitticase and seven individuals from the officiating and anti-corruption teams have been instructed to self-isolate for 10 days.

"The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that ICC Match Referee Phil Whitticase has tested positive for COVID-19," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

"No members of the two teams were impacted. Alternative arrangements will be put in place to ensure Tuesday's ODI goes ahead as planned."

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