Vitality Blast 2021 – Ollie Pope Tests Positive For Covid-19

He & Miss Four Surrey Blast Fixtures When Asked To Self-Isolate

A lot of cricketers have missed games due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. As many have already been isolated after testing positive, Ollie Pope is among them. So far, he has managed to make outstanding and remarkable records in his cricket career. For instance, he made great strides in all three games for Surrey in 2017. However, concerning the coming match (Surrey Blast Fixtures), with Sussex, Excess, Hampshire, and Somerset, Pope will not participate. Currently, he has been summoned by the board to isolate himself after testing positive for coronavirus.

Although fans and the board were concerned after getting the news, the good thing is that he didn’t come into contact with any member of the squad. However, reports seem to indicate that Ollie Pope interacted with a COVID-19 carrier, and as a result, he got infected too. The middle-order battler was among the members who were heavily relied on by the team. In fact, the team expected he would link up the squad following a defeat against New Zealand in the England Test Series.

A statement made by one of the Surrey officials cleared the worries by assuring fans and other people that the entire team was safe except that Ollie had not interacted with any Surrey CCC player and staff. However, apart from the middle-order battler, other players will also miss the Surrey Blast Fixtures. Among them is Tom Helm, who has also been self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. 

However, he is expected to report back on June 24 ahead of the 25th match-London Derby against Middle Sex.

Rory Burns will be unavailable for Surrey’s match, which will be between Hampshire and Sussex, as he went for a short break after his request being approved by the board and is set to resume as soon as possible. Besides, he will return for a match against Essex in the Surrey Blast Fixtures. What’s more, players have returned to their motherland country, although some are expected to go back in a few days. 

Ollie Pope, the Middle-order battler, has been forced to self-Isolate after testing for coronavirus. But this will not be the case, as he had been expected to play in the Surrey Blast Fixtures. The rest of the team has been reported safe, as they did not have close contact with him. According to the track and trace COVID-19 protocols, Ollie Pope’s upcoming matches might be a success since he is expected to quarantine while receiving treatment until June 24. 

On top of that, other squad members are expected to miss the match. Among them is Rory Burns, who went for an extended break, and Tom Helm, who has also been isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. 

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Reference Resource:

  • https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/vitality-blast-2021-ollie-pope-to-miss-four-surrey-blast-fixtures-after-being-required-to-self-isolate-1266743
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