COVID case shifts Guyana Harpy Eagles second practice match to January 14
The second practice match for Guyana Harpy Eagles, which was scheduled to start today (January 12) at the Albion Community Centre Ground, has been pushed back by two days due to one of the players testing positive for COVID-19.
Territorial Development Officer of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Colin Stuart, in a response to a query from News Room Sport in GCB’s media group on WhatsApp, confirmed the one positive case.
“Yes, there was a positive case and the second match has been rescheduled under the COVID-19 health guidance,” Stuart stated Tuesday morning.
He further informed the match will now be contested from Friday, January 14 to Monday, January 17 at Albion.
Meanwhile, News Room Sport was able to confirm that wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble and opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, who had not improved on the scores from their first two fitness tests, achieved such on Tuesday, and now could be in line for selection for the second practice match.
Former GCB Chairman of Senior Selectors, Ramnaresh Sarwan, had told News Room Sport, due to the duo not making improvements on their fitness tests, they were not considered for the first Four-Day practice match, which started on January 5.
The first practice match ended in a team draw at Albion on Saturday; the highlights of the Four-Day match were Shimron Hetmyer (149) and Tevin Imlach (106) with centuries, while there were fifties for Clinton Pestano (69), Akshaya Persaud (61), Kemol Savory (54) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (52); Antony Adams took 5-60.
The GCB has also scheduled a third Four-Day match as the Eagles prepare for next month’s West Indies Four-Day Championship. The Eagles are expected to play their first three matches in the reduced five-round Championship away from home.